Dressing fashionably is a goal many people have, but when you’re on a tight budget, it may seem unrealistic. However, it turns out wearing stylish clothes without breaking the bank might be easier than you thought. Take a look at some of the best tips on finding fashionable clothing on any budget.
Consider the clothes in your closet first
Before you go shopping for new clothes, get reacquainted with what you already have. Pull all your clothes out of your closet and dresser drawers and throw them into a big pile. Then go through them one by one. As you hold up each item of clothing, think about whether you’ve worn it in the last few months. If you haven’t, why not? If it’s because the clothing item is ripped, stained, or otherwise damaged, it’s time to throw it away.
On the other hand, if you haven’t worn some of your clothes in years because you’ve just been waiting for them to fit you better, it’s probably time to get rid of them in favor of new clothes. The same goes if your style has simply changed over the years and you no longer like your clothing. But that doesn’t mean you should throw all your old clothes away! Instead, set them aside to sell or give away.
Sell or trade your old clothes
If you’re looking at a large pile of perfectly good clothes you just no longer enjoy or fit into, it’s time to replace them. While you could give them away if you’re feeling charitable, there is a way for you to benefit while ensuring your old clothes go to good use. One option is to sell them. Fortunately, there are many platforms for selling old clothing, including eBay, Craigslist, and OfferUp. Most cities also have their own buy/sell/trade groups on social networks, so look into those for easy ways to make a few bucks from each item of clothing.
Another option is to take your clothing to a consignment or resale shop. Stores like this will pay you for clothing they can resell, leaving you with a little extra money and lots of room in your closet. You can take the cash you make from selling your clothes and buy a few new pieces at the store of your choice, or you might choose store credit at the resale store you sold to so you can buy some gently used clothing. Similarly, you might just opt to host a fun night with friends where you all put your unwanted clothing in a pile and basically shop from it, ensuring you each end up with a few items that are new to you!
Know where to go for fashionable clothes on a budget
Whether you’ve made a little money by selling your old clothes or just budgeted a small amount for shopping, you should head to the stores that will give you the most for your money. Typically, this doesn’t include stores you’ll find inside a mall, nor does it mean you should head to your favorite fashion designer’s store. Instead, look for stores that are selling fashionable clothes at a deep discount, maybe because they’re last season’s outfits or they simply didn’t sell as well as they predicted. Some stores of this kind include Ross, TJ Maxx, and Nordstrom Rack. Keep an eye out for the clearance rack at your department stores, as well. You can also get stylish, gently used clothes at your local thrift store, all without breaking the bank!
Buy a few quality pieces for styling several outfits
One of the best kept secrets of fashionistas is that you only need a few basic clothing items in your closet. As long as you have a few quality classic items that you can mix and match with other pieces, you’ll look stylish! So as you shop, keep an eye out for some basics—such as the perfect pair of jeans, a nice jacket, some plain t-shirts in neutral shades, and a little black dress. Once you have the basics, you can mix in less expensive items to create stunning styles to wear anywhere.
Are you ready to find your next chic outfit without breaking the bank? Keep these tips in mind as you shop, and you’ll be on your way to looking stylish on a budget!