10 Easy Ways To Save Money On Clothes

1.  Shop with Cash (Only!)

I can’t believe I am suggesting this, considering my former love affair with store credit, but the easiest way to save money on clothes is to only buy what you can afford, plain and simple.

2.  Hit the Discount Chains

Sure, the big retailers can be hard to navigate and have their share of cheap distractions, but there are stylish bargains to be had at stores like T.J. Maxx and Target. Head to the former for great deals on shoes and handbags, and shop Target.com for the latest from their designer partners (you’ll find great items online that may be unavailable at your local store).

Note: Just because a store is inexpensive doesn’t mean you’ll save any money – there is a tendency to “load up” your cart with all of the bargains, only to find you’ve racked up hundreds of dollars on non-essentials.

3.  Shop Out of Season

Seasoned shoppers never hit the mall when new clothes hit the racks. Shop for spring and summer items in the fall, and buy your fall and winter looks when spring rolls around.

If you pay attention to the fashion week previews, you can even shop the trends on a bargain, provided you choose looks that will be around for more than one season.

Via Stylecaster.com

4.  Look for Online Deals

Sign up for email newsletters from retailers, and they’ll send you coupons and keep you abreast of their latest sales. There are entire websites devoted to mining the net for coupons, but searching through them can be a major time waster.

Via Shopheist.com

5.  Don’t Be Lured by a Sale

It is worth mentioning that all of those “sale” alerts and coupons can result in overspending (I am certain the Sephora emails alone have cost me hundreds), so think of the clothing deals like grocery store coupons and don’t buy anything just because it’s on sale.

Via Dresslikeaqueen.com

6.  Shop Trends Carefully

What to buy depends on your budget and the season, but some trends seem destined to pass quickly (harem pants, anyone?) and should be avoided by the budget-conscious. Spend the bulk of your wardrobe budget on quality pieces you can update around, and look for deals on the trendier looks.

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7.  Think in Color

Building a wardrobe around one or two color families can help you figure out what to buy (and avoid). If your entire closet is black and gray, for example, don’t buy lots of navy, even if it’s a hot trend. Keep your current wardrobe in mind when you shop, and don’t buy anything that won’t go with at least two or three other items that you own.Whether the bulk of your wardrobe is black or brown (or both, if you’re lucky), you can add color trends with shoes, handbags, scarves and accessories while you continue to build on the basics.

Via Bedazelive.com

8.  Shop Vintage and Consignment

With so many trends from the past cropping up again, it’s worth hitting your local thrift store to shop for vintage boots or fringed bags. You can make money on clothes you don’t want while shopping for new looks at consignment stores, or even take part in a clothing swap with friends. It may take longer to find exactly what you are looking for at a used clothing store than at a traditional retailer, so be patient!

Via Shopstyle.com

9.  Learn How to Sew

Learning how to make a few, simple alterations can save you lots of money, but not everyone has the aptitude or attitude to learn how to tailor jeans or a skirt. Start by mastering basics like replacing buttons and hemming pants and you may find yourself inspired to try more elaborate projects.

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10.  Care for Your Clothing

It’s worth a reminder that caring for your clothes will help them last longer (yes, Mom, you were right!). Use gentle fabrics, avoid the dryer when possible (always when it comes to those designer jeans) and hang and fold clothes properly. They are easy to ignore, but those clothing care tags are there for a reason – read them!

Via Whowhatwear.com

Source: Alexis Webster | 10 Easy Ways to Save Money On Clothes

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5 comments

  1. My daughters are big fans of Plato’s closet for basic pieces and accesories. Oldest dd is going for her Master and working at a museum at the same time and youngest is in nursing school and works at school, a gym and the hospital. They wash everything on gentle and either hang it or dry it flat and when they no longer like it or have had it to long they take it back to Platos and can usually get close to what they paid for it in store credit. They are both also using Coach bags that were mine when I was there age one is a saddle type bag and one is a cross body but I took them both to the cobbler last year who polished them up, made small repairs and both bags look great.

    You can look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks just think outside the box. When my cousin gave them a ton of clothes she didn’t want but they would never wear they took it to platos and were given almost 215.00 in credit which they did split with their cousin. My youngest was able to pick up cashmere sweaters there last week for only 8.00 each and they look like they were never worn. Nice pair of pants and skirt and she is good to go. And my oldest found 3 lined skirts which were a little more expensive at 18.00 each but in black, grey and and black/on black check she can mix them up.

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  2. My daughters are big fans of Plato’s closet for basic pieces and accesories. Oldest dd is going for her Master and working at a museum at the same time and youngest is in nursing school and works at school, a gym and the hospital. They wash everything on gentle and either hang it or dry it flat and when they no longer like it or have had it to long they take it back to Platos and can usually get close to what they paid for it in store credit. They are both also using Coach bags that were mine when I was there age one is a111 saddle type bag and one is a cross body but I took them both to the cobbler last year who polished them up, made small repairs and both bags look great.

    You can look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks just think outside the box. When my cousin gave them a ton of clothes she didn’t want but they would never wear they took it to platos and were given almost 215.00 in credit which they did split with their cousin. My youngest was able to pick up cashmere sweaters there last week for only 8.00 each and they look like they were never worn. Nice pair of pants and skirt and she is good to go. And my oldest found 3 lined skirts which were a little more expensive at 18.00 each but in black, grey and and black/on black check she can mix them up.

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