You could shop at Neiman Marcus all the time … but your credit card and bank account would probably hate you. Instead, take advantage of these cost-saving tips that won’t break your wallet but will keep your closet full of fashion-forward outfits.
Know your closet. Every once in a while, be real with yourself and audit your closet and dresser. Have you gotten into a rut where you buy bunches of blues but nothing red? A T-shirt can be a comfy go-to, but do you have any nice ones? When’s the last time you got a pair of shoes? And the ones that you have, do they still have good soles? Most importantly, does everything still fit? Because if not, then you should take a minute and make a hard decision about if you should be keeping it. And if you sell the clothes you don’t want anymore at a yard sale or on eBay, then that’s money you can use for newer pieces.
Mix and match. Why spend money on layering pieces that are covered up by a great sweater? You can alternate budget-friendly layers underneath some nicer pieces that will last longer. Yes, you may have to replace layering pieces more often than the great sweater at a department store, but, overall, you will be able to remain on budget. And just you bought two items as a set, it doesn’t mean you can’t use them separately with other pieces in your closet.
Shop in person. The digital marketplace is great for a lot of things, but fashion isn’t exactly one of them. Shopping in person is always preferable — if you can shop in person at a store in town and try things on before you buy them, that’s preferable to ordering something without knowing if it fits your figure.
Focus on the favorites. Once you’ve got only the best of your closet left, you may think you don’t have a lot of things in there. But you really do! If you have 20 tops, 10 pants, five pairs of shorts and two skirts, you have 340 potential outfits. That’s almost a year’s worth of outfits without repeating a look!