For much of recent history, millions of fashion conscious consumers of all ages have fought tirelessly to reach that elusive balance between looking fantastic and reducing expenses. Suffice to say, it’s a tricky balancing act to pull off to say the least – just take a look at this summer’s designer skirts for an illustration as to why. Nevertheless, those who are willing to invest a decent amount of proactivity and common sense in their retail adventures will ultimately find that there are indeed dozens, maybe even hundreds of ways costs can be cut while still looking great.
Of course one of the most useful and valuable tools of all for the modern shopper is the web – online retailers offering outstanding fashion collections for a fraction of the usual high street prices. But even above and beyond making the switch to online clothes shopping, there are still various ways and means by which clothing bills can be reduced exponentially without in any way impacting clothing quality or enjoyment.
Here’s a quick rundown of 15 simple yet effective ways of cutting clothing costs, without cutting corners:
- Try to remember that while high quality garments may be more expensive to purchase in the first instance, you will almost always get your money’s worth out of them.A single high quality t-shirt that lasts you two years for example will cost you far less than the dozen low-grade alternatives you’d have otherwise kept on purchasing.
- If you haven’t already done so, explore the absolute joy that is making your own garments. Even if you aren’t exactly a whiz with the sewing machine, anyone can learn how to use iron-on transfers in a matter of minutes.
- Don’t fall into the trap of holding onto newly purchased items you aren’t in love with under the assumption that you’ll find some use for them. If it doesn’t blow you away instantly, take it back.
- When out to buy new garments for any purpose at any time of the year, try to keep compatibility at the very front of your mind. The reason being that the more garments you have in your wardrobe that can be worn together beautifully, the more unique outfits you will be able to come up with without having to buy any more clothes.
- Never assume that taking a garment to a professional tailor will be too expensive to realistically contemplate. Find an incredible dress with 50% off that isn’t quite in your size and chances are the price you pay plus the price of having it meticulously tailored will still add up to massively less than its original purchase price.
- Rather than simply assuming you’ll need new garments for the colder autumn and winter months, get creative with the layering and see what you can do with your existing garments.
- When it comes to formal events and special occasions, never be afraid to ask friends and family if you can borrow outfits and garments – just make sure you are willing to extend same courtesy.
- If you can get into the habit of forcing yourself to donate one garment from your wardrobe to charity each time you invest in a brand new garment, you’ll find yourself being much more realistic and honest with yourself with regard to what you wear and what you need.
- Be wary of spending too much time browsing through catalogues and magazines as something of an everyday hobby. The simple fact of the matter is that if you look hard enough for long enough, you’ll find a ton of things you’ll end of believing you cannot live without.
- If you’ve never had a go at it before, it’s surprisingly easy to get to grips with the basics of dying fabrics in order to transform old garments and accessories into something entirely different.
- Never overlook the fact that while online marketplaces like eBay may specialise in second-hand goods, they are also packed with brand new items and big-brand discount stores.
- When the time comes to head out for any essential garments, make a list of exactly what you need and stick to it like glue.
- Always set yourself a strict budget when shopping online for clothes which should under no circumstances be exceeded.
- If possible, take an objective and sensible friend with you when out shopping for clothes or one that won’t mind telling you that any given purchase is in fact a terrible idea,
- Last but not least, be extremely careful when it comes to the use of wire coat hangers and other examples of low-grade hangers as the potential for them to prematurely damage and even destroy your garments really is rather huge.