5 Tips for Clothes Shopping on a Budget

Clothing is much more than functional. It is a powerful way to express our style and individuality. When we look good we feel good, and having a nice wardrobe can boost our confidence. But, for most of us, we do not have the luxury of spending whatever we want on clothing and if we want to keep up our wardrobe, we need to find ways to spend less money while still being able to look good.

Shop Off-Season

When it comes to getting the best deals, basic economics applies in the fashion world—in-demand things cost more and less in-demand things cost less. By shopping off-season, you can get great bargains on your clothing throughout the year. Stock up on your winter items in March, April and May; get your spring fashions in June, July and August….and so on and so forth. You will typically get the best price on an item after it has been on the shelves at least 6 to 8 weeks.

Hit the Stores on Weekdays

Shopping on a weekday does not necessarily save you any money, but when you are shopping on a budget, you want to have the best selection possible so you are not stuck looking through just the ugly stuff that nobody wants. During the week, there will be a greater selection since busy weekends leave less time for staff to restock. Thursday is a particularly good time since many weekend sales actually start late in the week; you will get some cheaper stuff and have the pick of the litter.

Be a Savvy Online Shopper

The internet has made everything easier these days and this includes clothes shopping on a budget. There are tons of online coupon sites that offer discounts for myriad stores, whether online or offline. There are also sites like My Voucher Codes that can alert you to discounts for online stores. Signing up for a store’s website can help keep you in the loop when sales and special promotions are announced. Many stores offer special online discounts for multiple purchases and will allow you to return the purchase in-store  even if you made it online—this allows you to purchase enough items to get the discounts while being able to return items you do not need at no extra cost. If you employ this strategy, however, make sure you can actually return any items you do not plan on keeping and that you can actually go to the store to make the return.

Head to the Tailor

Ill-fitting clothing never looks good, no matter if the piece cost 10 dollars or 100 dollars. If you are relegated to buying off the rack, like most people are, you can make cheaper clothes look more expensive by bringing them to the tailor and having fitted specifically to your body. This is great way to have a more expensive-looking wardrobe—tailoring the piece to you can make a 30 dollar suit jacket look like it cost 300. You might not do this for every outfit, but it may be a good option for your work wardrobe, where appearance certainly matters, or outfits for special events.

Accessorize

Do not overlook the value that good accessories can offer for the budget shopper. You may not be able to pay for the top-of-the-line jeans or designer tee shirts, but some eye-catching adornments can make that outfit pop and look much more fashionable. Focus on bold pieces, such as an oversized necklace, unique scarves, boldly-colored earrings or a wide belt—basically anything that would really catch attention. Some eye-catching accessories can breathe new life into your wardrobe without busting your bank account.

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Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about personal development and ways to be happier. Loving your wardrobe certainly cannot hurt your efforts to feel better about how you look; check out Supre.com for dresses and other fashionable clothing.

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