Save Money on Clothes with These 7 Great Tips
Even as a Pennywise lady, I’ll admit I totally love clothes. Not to the point of obsession, but I do really love getting a new outfit, mixing and matching, saving loads of Pins featuring cute outfits and buying the occasional on-trend seasonal item/colour. Fashion is just plain FUN, and a lot of us feel good about ourselves when we look good, too!
However, when I spy a beautiful top or dress I just LOVE (I have a weakness for dresses), my frugality gene kicks in and won’t let me buy anything for full retail price. So I lie in wait like a tigress in the grass, then POUNCE when the sale begins!
Frankly it’s way more exciting that way. LOL! I’m definitely the kind of girl who brags about how little I spent on a purse, not how much. My record is $2 at a garage sale, tags still on! Woot woot! My Coach-loving friends think I’m insane, but whatevs.
I also get just as much of a thrill when I snag awesome clothes at thrift stores. Honestly, when you find a Guess top you love with a tag still attached that says $63, and you get it for $6, it definitely puts a swagger in your step. #winning
Here I’ve compiled a list of 7 great ways to save money on clothes. If you’re a proud mama with growing little ones, this list is also totally applicable to you for your kids’ clothing!
1) Keep an eye on when your favourite stores tend to have their biggest sales of the year. If you need a particular new clothing item that’s usually on the expensive side – like a blazer, or good running shoes – exercise some delayed gratification and put it off until you know your favourite store will have a sale.
2) Shop thrift stores and garage sales. I’ve put together some amazingly fab thrift store outfits for about $15. You can too!
3) Host a clothes swap with some friends.
4) This kind of goes without saying, but always scope the sale racks first. Keep in mind: often there are additional, temporary markdowns off the lowest ticket price heading into the weekend – I know from working in fashion retail that these sales often begin on Thursdays!
5) Clothing always comes into the stores well before the season really begins. Wait until about halfway through the season to score big on the ‘clearout’ items you can wear now or set aside for next year.
6) Some solid advice my Mum gave me: invest good money in foundation items that are high(ish) quality to last a long time (saving you even more money in the long run), and don’t go out of style often. Items like supportive bras, winter boots, dress pants, dresses, swim suits, blazers and coats fall into this category.
Go cheaper on items you wear out faster and whose styles change more frequently. Think underwear, socks, t-shirts/blouses/tanks, pajamas, jeans, cute shoes, belts, and sweaters.
7) Learn to knit or sew. I know – say it fast – but seriously! When I first started sewing I couldn’t even sew a straight line (no joke, the seam looked like I had sewn it while totally shitfaced). But like most things, practice makes perfect! I haven’t attempted anything as complex as a dress yet (thought I totally plan to), but you can find some very simple patterns for items like skirts, shorts, and t-shirts online. Get started on one of those to boost your confidence. Then grab your Granny and get some knitting lessons. You’d be amazed at the gorgeous patterns you can find for cable knit sweaters!
Aside from saving money, the second best part about making your own clothes is that you can make them completely customized! No more wishing that skirt came in teal – MAKE one in teal, girl!
What strategies do you use to save money on clothes? Share in the comments. I’m always open to awesome ideas I haven’t tried!
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