Every year we spend billions of pounds on fashion. Fashion is one of the few industries that by absolutely everybody on the planet, whether you intend to or not. Unfortunately, the textile industry is one of the most wasteful too. With the January sales just around the corner, it can be tempting to loosen the purse strings and spend a little too much on items we don’t actually need. Don’t get me wrong, I adore fashion and clothing but it’s important to exercise a little caution so that you buy items you want and need rather than just wasting money on impulse buys. Here I have 5 easy, foolproof ways to help you save money and make your investments work for you when shopping for clothes!
Repair What You Already Own
How many items do you have in your wardrobe that are missing the odd button or that need quick and simple alterations? It can be super frustrating when a button pops off a shirt or when you become fed up of a pair of trousers that are a bit too long, but these are problems that can easily be fixed within just a few minutes without any professional seamstress skills. So next time you consider buying a new garment just because there’s a minor issue with something similar you already have, why not try repairing what you already own before buying a replacement.
If you’ve got items in your wardrobe that you no longer want or wear then you can bet that there are people around you in the same situation. Why not pair up with a friend, colleague or relative and swap clothes and accessories among yourselves? If this isn’t possible then there are places online that offer clothes swapping services. You know what they say, one person’s rubbish is another person’s gold. This phrase might be a slight exaggeration in this case, but the point remains: don’t underestimate what another person might really appreciate. Quite often there’s nothing leftover when people get together to do a clothing swap. It’s free, it’s fun and you can never know what one-of-a-kind goodies you will find.
Shop Second Hand
Everybody knows that loved clothes last. If you want to be eco-friendly with your buying decisions and save some money at the same time then consider shopping second hand. What many people don’t realise about shopping in second hand stores is that many of the items have been worn less than the “new” on-trend garments you see on the racks in popular fashion stores. Pre-worn clothes are often much cheaper than brand new clothes and gives you the option to shop trending fashion items or hunt out unique vintage gems.
In some cases you might need a new outfit but no need to keep it permanently. Perhaps you’re going to a professional event or a wedding, in which case you require a nice outfit but don’t plan to wear it repeatedly afterwards. In these situations hiring your outfits is a wise idea. With the emphasis of eco-friendly fashion in the news, clothing rental services are becoming more popular again not just for special occasions but for everyday fashion too. Alternatively, you could always borrow items from people you know, provided that they agree.
And if you do end up wandering into a fashion store, make sure you mentally prepare yourself beforehand. Before purchasing anything, ask yourself whether you really need it, whether you will actually wear it, and how well does it suit you? One of the best ways to guarantee that you will actually wear an item of clothing you buy is to make sure it suits you well. Bright colours and risky materials might seem like a good option but only if they are easy for you to wear. If you have to carefully load on a tonne of make-up or go on a drastic diet before pouring yourself into the garment then it’s not naturally a good fit for you. When shopping for clothes, footwear and accessories always make sure that you consider your physical features, personal tastes and daily lifestyle to ensure that you make smart purchases. Alternatively taking out a quick loan can help. Investing in high quality items that you need and then spacing the payments out over an ongoing period is an affordable and accessible option. It’s worthwhile doing your homework and finding a plan that works best for you.
So there you have 5 ways to save money on fashion! Do you have any other tips? I would love to know!