Having a budget wardrobe getting you down?
Don’t freak out. The issue might not be budgeting on your wardrobe, but what you’re buying when you shop.
I’m a believer in only wearing things you like. This helps us feel good when we step out, which of course increases confidence.
Thinking this way means I’m pickier when I buy clothes.
But, that’s not the part that helps me save money on my wardrobe. When I lived in Barbados I did this by looking for the cheapest clothing, sales, etc. This meant that while I got some things I liked, often I just picked items cause of the price. This was also in my pre-wearing-what-I-like phase.
After moving to England, and now in Belgium, my approach changed. I had to find ways to shop cheaper not just for one season (Barbados’ all-round summer), but four! What the heck was a gal to do? Get more creative with my clothes shopping.
So how can we save money on our wardrobes and still be fab?
-> You + Choosing Clothes That Work For Multiple Seasons/Weather = Saving Money On Your Wardrobe <-
If you’re living in a country with a predominant season, you might think this doesn’t apply to you. Wrong! Think about it, in the tropics there’s: sunny weather, rainy weather, mucky weather, and all the variations in between. Of course this method will help too :)!
Thankfully there are many cool stores both on and offline offering amazing clothes (in all sizes), at a range of price points. You can start on our Worth It Brands page to find cool stores and products.
-> The Process <-
Difficulty Level: Challenging
- Step 1: Look through your wardrobe first and ask yourself these questions: 1) Will I ever wear this again? 2) Do I even like this? 3) Am I waiting till I can fit into it? Be honest with your answers.
- Step 2: Get rid of anything you know you don’t want to wear. No need for trashing as charity organisations like Age UK and Oxfam Belgium are always happy to receive quality clothing and accessories. Look for charity organisations in your country.
- Step 3: Consider what kind of clothes you want to wear (include colours). Even if you think the style/colour you like doesn’t work for you, at least you have a benchmark and can modify.
- Step 4: Make a list of what you want to buy. Don’t think about how much money you have, just make the damn list!
- Step 5: Now we can think about money. Consider what your budget for clothes’ spending is. Even if it’s a little, refer to your list. This will let you tick off your buys one-by-one until you have everything.
- Step 6: Choose stores you want to visit in-person and/or online.
- Step 7: This step is super important – Purchase clothes that can be worn in multiple seasons/weather. For example, this H&M dress is good for spring and summer. Or, this Primark jumper, would be nice for spring nights, fall, and winter (with a thick jacket).
- Step 8: There’s a tendency to get sidetracked when shopping. Try sticking to your list first, then your eyes and purse can roam a bit.
I also suggest purchasing clothing you need in the short-term first. For example, I arrived in Belgium in winter, so bought clothes that could be worn in winter, fall, and spring.
You may think buying things a bit cheaper means poorer quality. That isn’t necessarily the case. I’ve found that taking care of your clothing is an ideal way to get longevity out of your wardrobe, whatever you buy.
If you can’t buy everything all at once, don’t stress. Your wardrobe will grow over time.
When you choose the wear-what-you-like method, your style or preferences might change periodically, but you’ll always be able to find clothing you enjoy wearing.
Stellar has cool ideas on why you may have a full closet but nothing to wear.
See? Saving on your wardrobe while being fab can be done. Being resourceful with these easy steps will have you strutting runway-style for less, in no time.
Were these wardrobe money-saving steps helpful?
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