I’ve written before about looking your best and saving money and one of the key points I made was that you need to focus your style and target your buying. So bearing that in mind, here are some further tips to help you create your look without breaking the bank.
VINTAGE AND CHARITY SHOPS
Good vintage shops are a pure delight, you never know what you are going to find. Search out the vintage shops in your area and talk to the owner about the kind of things that you’re looking for, that way you can get the heads up on items that you might be interested in and you can save yourself time by not also having to pop in and check. Charity shops are also great, but you have to be prepared to spend a lot more time sifting through stuff. When you do find something special it can be really amazing, and the chances are you’ll get it for a great price. You can also feel good about the fact that your money is going to help someone else. Pick your charity shops with care, you are much more likely to pick up a classy item in an upmarket part of town. The Oxfam on Kensington High Street is a particular favourite of mine.
There are several great online marketplaces but depop gives you access to designer brands and one-offs by ‘emerging and established creatives’ and the app is free to download.
DON’T BUY SPONTANEOUSLY
Ok, this is a rule I don’t always stick to but it’s still a good rule. There have been so many times when I’ve bought something on a whim and then regretted it the next day. If you’re drawn to something, make a note of it and wait a while. If you can’t stop thinking about it, then go and get it. You might lose one or two items, but you’ll save a fortune on impulse buys. Of course, when you spot an incredible bargain, recognise it for what it is and snap it up immediately.
CHOOSE YOUR CREDIT CARD CAREFULLY
If you use a credit card to buy your clothing, it’s worth considering a card that offers additional benefits. Some offer reward points or air miles for making purchases, just always ensure that you clear the balance before you incur charges.
WAIT FOR THE SALES
Make a note of that item that you want and snap it up in the sales. There’s nothing more annoying than seeing the item you bought last week knocked down to half price. You can ask if a particular item will be in the sales, but you won’t always get a truthful answer.
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE BASICS
Buy cheap T-shirts and camis and style your different outfits around them.
MANAGE YOUR MONEY AND BUDGET
The world is full of beautiful clothes and you can’t own them all so set up a monthly clothes allowance and stick to it.