There are numerous ways to save money on clothes. How you choose to save money will depend on your budget, where you live, your style and your attitude toward clothes. Some people love clothes and what is in their wardrobe is very important to them. Other people see clothes as something practical to protect them from the ravages of the weather. Some like a few, well tailored classic clothes while others like lots of colour, variety and get excited about something different.
Here are a few tips for saving money on your wardrobe. Pick out those that fit with your attitude to clothes:
1. Some clothing shops offer money off vouchers when you join their club.
2. Think carefully before buying a new item of clothing even if it is an op shop buy. The item may only cost $5 but it is still a waste of money if you never wear it.
3. At the end of the season you may find some items such as t-shirts are cheaper new on sale than secondhand. On the other hand, especially if you are shopping for a family you may be able to pick up a bag of secondhand items from an op shop for as little as $5.
4. Before you get rid of an item you aren't making use of, look at it carefully. Sometimes you would wear a skirt or dress if it was a few centimetres shorter. Trousers that are too wide can be made narrower by taking in the inner leg. I often find I don't make much use of tops with three quarter length sleeves but wear them more if I shorten them.
You may be able to alter a piece of clothing with a bit of sewing Image courtesy of Pixabay
5. Check out the menswear department for staples like t-shirts, flannelette shirts, tracksuits and windcheaters. They are often cheaper than in the women's department.
6. For items which you will probably only wear for one season before they look a bit dated due to the colour, cheaper items may save you money, even if they are not made to last.
7. Spend more money if you need to on classic staples such as a skirt and jacket in black, navy or grey. You may wear these items for years with a blouse or other top that is current fashion.
8. Jazz up a blazer or cardigan by replacing the buttons.
9. If you don't like the colour of a pair of shoes, consider using colour change so you get use out of them. Changing to black or brown is likely to work well. Grey or navy may work well if you base your wardrobe around one of these colours. If you like bold colours, purple might be the ticket. There are plenty of colours to choose from.
Many colours are available to revamp shoes Image by Marie Vonow
10. Google 'fashion challenges' to get inspiration for new ways of combining separates or using old favourites in a different way. You will get more use out of the clothes you own instead of feeling you have to buy something when you start to get bored with the items you own.