Friday, September 29, 2017

Dress For Less: It's Not as Difficult as You Think


We love shopping for clothes, but you have to admit, it can get rather expensive. Sometimes, we have to be content with window shopping, and only dream of what might have been. After all, we still have to pay those pesky bills each month, and our Netflix subscription isn’t going to pay for itself. And hey, you don’t need every outfit that arrives in the store, do you? Curb the temptation ladies! However, it is possible to look good and wear something with style and elegance, without breaking the bank. We have some great tips for you in this article. Here is how you can save money and dress for less! Read on.


Buy out of season

There are loads of ‘out of season’ sales on the high street, so it makes sense to buy cheap while you can. Stock up your winter wardrobe in the summer, and your summer wardrobe in the winter. This way, you will always have something to wear, right when you need it. Yes, people may give you a funny look in the store when you’re buying a pair of shorts when temperatures are below freezing, but who cares! You will have the last laugh when they are paying premium prices in the months to come.

Online offers

You don’t only find sales on the high streets. There are dress boutiques online with many fabulous offers. You can often get a discount on your first order, and regular customers will benefit from a range of deals designed to keep their custom in place. Online businesses need you as much as you need them, and some of them will fall over backwards to ensure you keep buying from them. Do a Google search, and take advantage of what you find.

Buy second-hand

Second-hand does not have to mean second rate. You may not get the latest fashion in your local thrift store, but you may still pick up something amazing at an incredible bargain. Here’s a hint for you, though. Have a look at the thrift stores in the fancier part of your town. The rich give their clothes away too, so there is the real possibility of finding something that is normally priced way over your price range, but selling at an incredibly lower cost.

Sell your stuff

Your wardrobe is probably stacked with outfits you no longer wear. You know what we mean, those dresses you bought once for a ‘special’ occasion, and have never worn since. If you aren't going to wear them, sell them on. You may shed a tear when you depart with that pair of shoes you bought three years ago, but you still have another fifteen pairs to choose from! So, sort through your belongings, and sell anything surplus to requirements online, or at a consignment shop. You can use the extra cash you earn to buy something else. If you struggle to sell something on, do other ladies a favour and give them to your local thrift shop. Your unwanted outfits can be somebody else’s gain.

Use coupons


Why pay full price for anything these days, when you could just as easily make use of the many coupon sites online. You can make instant savings at a range of fashion stores, from Victoria's Secret to Ann Taylor. Take advantage of the coupons that land in your mailbox, too. You may get sick of all the junk mail delivered by the mail person but check through the leaflets and brochures before you throw them in the bin. You may be missing out if you don’t!

Learn to mend clothes

It may be fashionable to wear a pair of jeans with a hole in the knee, but you wouldn’t want to be seen in a dress with a split down the middle. However, don’t get rid of anything with the slightest of damage. Take the time to learn to sew and mend your clothes. Not only will you be learning a valuable skill, but you will save yourself a lot of money by not replacing your damaged items with something new all the time.

Look in the men’s department

Unfortunately, we live in a very sexist world. Clothes stores will often sell women’s outfits at a higher price than men’s. Their reason? Women are prepared to spend more on clothes than men do. In general terms, at least. To be honest, this is probably true, but it’s still unfair that we have to spend more money on comparable items. Well, sexism be damned! Call the stores bluff and head over into the men’s department and have a look at what’s on offer. There may be t-shirts and sweatshirts that would look just as good on you as it would on any man.

Avoid fashion trends

Some clothes are in for a season and out the next. So, don’t be a follower of fashion, as you will be caught in an endless loop of buying to catch up with the latest trend. Be yourself in your outfit choices, and buy whatever takes your fancy, and not what the catwalk models are currently parading around in. As an individual, you have personal tastes, so wear whatever you like, even if you choose to mix and match items. If your mirror tells you you’re looking good, ignore what everybody else has to say.

Have a clothes party

As kids, our parents often embarrassed us by making us wear hand-me-downs. Truth be told, some of the clothes they made us wear probably were awful. However, you have more choice as an adult, and if your best mates have outfits they no longer wear, invite them round, and try on each other’s clothes. What doesn’t suit one person may very well suit another. Your best mate was probably going to borrow something out of your wardrobe at some point anyway, so let them keep that dress you never wear, while you grab something of theirs.

Finally

So, there we have it. Several ways in which you can dress for less! We hope you liked our ideas, but if you have money saving tips of your own, be sure to let us know. Thanks for reading.