7 Budget Tips to Buy Fashionable Clothes
How to Stay in Trend With the Right Clothes, Under Budget
Fashion has become more expensive over the years. Its prices tend to increase over the years. For us who are on a budget while shopping, it’s tough to keep up.
“Cotton is a high-quality fabric that doesn’t need to cost that much. You’ll find that prices can vary from the same as a pizza slice up to hundreds of dollars, depending on where you shop. The reality is, there are different levels of quality when it comes to cotton, along with dishonest pricing,” Luke Grana, founder of label Grana, says of clothes made from affordable and readily available materials.
Grana went on to say, “Luxury T-shirts can cost more because they have detailed and expensive trimmings and generally a luxury brand name has a reputation. But what’s not true is the price you pay. Yes, it does cost more to make, but it doesn’t need to cost 6-8 times more.”
Although the price increases, that does not mean we can’t look like a fashionista. Here are several ways you can look expensive in affordable options.
1. Shop for discounted clothes
One way of saving money on clothes is to shop for discounted pieces. It doesn’t apply with clothes, but for almost anything else. For obvious reasons it will not break your bank account.
High street stores may seem really expensive at cursory glance but they exactly aren’t. During discount or off-season sales period, their prices come down really fast. The only catch – they fly off the rack fast. Furthermore, it may not even have your sizes anymore.
You may feel you may not be “in trend” anymore. Since discounted pieces are usually clearance stocks. Don’t be. You still can rock the piece by pairing it up with something else. It’s still clothes by end of the day!
2. Visit night markets to build your fashion collection
Like shopping for discounted items for your regular high street pieces, visit the night market for the exact same reason. You will be surprised by the kind of clothes you find there. You may find the quality just as good, or better. Some pieces have such great quality and design it can pass off as high street fashion.
It’s the same thing with thrift stores. You can find all kinds of things here, from pre-loved pieces to snazzy vintage pieces. Some may have been close to brand new too..all for outrageously low prices!
Take note: buying clothes from night markets or thrift stores are more frustrating than shopping in regular stores.
3. Swap fashion pieces with friends
Swapping pieces with your friends and relatives is a great way of saving money. This is provided the clothing piece is in your sizes. Check with them if they have any pre-loved clothes, or pieces they simply do not want anymore and wish to sell it.
Sometimes, your friend may have picked up a piece that’s still “in season” and may not want it anymore. Get it off him or her. Offer to pay if you must. Once again, it is still clothes by end of the day.
4. Invest in pricey, excellent quality pieces
This goes against shopping for clothes on a budget. Before you go on a riot, screaming “that’s not budget shopping”, here’s the idea. Invest in a better quality shirt or jeans that can last you longer. One that last longer than the average pieces you find in regular and thrift stores.
Getting it means you don’t have to spend again and again on the same kinds of clothes. There were times buying cheaper options may be more costly than investing on a better quality piece. It may cost you more at initial point. Think long term!
5. Don’t wash your clothes that often
This isn’t about hygiene. It’s about how too much washing may wear and wrinkle your pieces faster than you intended. Washing don’t just wear out your clothes faster, it also makes it look old. And cheap!
Instead of washing your clothes after every wear, wash it after wearing it for three times or so. Some clothing articles can last longer than that, like jeans for example. Not every clothes needs to be washed every time you wore it.
Hang up your clothes to air breath after every time you wear. This helps you find out if it is still suitable to wear before tossing it into the washing machine. Remember every kind of clothes has wash-by periods!
6. Clothing materials matter
Get clothes that don’t wrinkle easily. Clothes that do not wrinkle may help give you that posh look you want without needing to do much.
Cotton is used in many clothes and is soft and comfortable to the touch. Although it is comfy, it tends to wrinkle really fast after several washes. Opt for silk and wool as they wrinkle less, and have an equally comfortable feel as cotton.
If you want to find out if the clothing article is prone to wrinkling or not, here’s how to find out. Grab the cloth by a corner, bunch it up for 30 seconds. Let the moisture formed from the warmth of your hands seep into the fabric. Let it go and see if it wrinkles. If the wrinkle does not shake out within 1 to 2 minute, it’s also a good choice.
7. Focus on your accessories
Not an outfit advice, but still fashion advice nevertheless. If all else fails, focus on your accessories! This helps shift people’s attention elsewhere that is not your clothes.
Wear loud coloured necklaces. Put on those bold earrings and bangles. Slip into those striking shoes. They are part of your overall outfit too.
Remember that fashion isn’t all about what you get from high-end stores. You can always get cheaper alternatives to what you see in these places and still look great. And save your bank account from sinking too!