Having a versatile and current wardrobe can become an expensive upkeep. Clothes shopping can be tedious when social pressures and desires for ethical practices roll in the back of one’s mind…..it’s a wonder how anyone can conscientiously obtain a wardrobe without the guilt. Below are ten of my conscience secrets to a current wardrobe that doesn’t break the bank.
10. Clean the Wardrobe
How many times do we clean our wardrobe and find garments that we haven’t touched in months? years? We are all guilty. Finding these pieces and bringing them to the front of our wardrobe gives us an opportunity to recreate newer outfits. And look, no money spent!
9. Analyze the Wardrobe
Think of your wardrobe as an investment. Getting to know the garments you already have can be the foundation that determines future purchases. The last thing anyone with a tight budget wants is the purchase of a shirt that doesn’t go with anything. Sometimes saving money is simply not spending it. The beginning steps to knowing your wardrobe can be simply noticing its color schemes, style, and silhouettes. Spend some time here, it’s worth it.
8. Photograph New Outfits
A friend and I got together one evening and challenged each other to create new outfits with her wardrobe. The outcome allowed her pair existing garments together in ways that were never done before. She photographed the ones she liked, and now there is a record of different ways to wear particular garments. Try it with a friend, you’re in for a great time! No money required.
7. Visit a Tailor…..or know a Friend who can
Gaining weight, loosing weight, having garments that we like but don’t quite fit are all great excuses to visit a tailor. It’s true that some garments are much cheaper to repurchase over a tailoring fee. However, I argue against the disposable waste and the fact that if one is truly investing in a wardrobe with long lasting clothes it’s worth the money….especially if you have a tailoring friend who is willing to barter or trade talents.
6. Purge and Swap
Almost everyone has garments that they don’t wear. For whatever reason, I cling to these garments like a two year old does to its blanket. A more advantageous strategy is to use these garments as bartering pieces. Throw a party with your friends and invite them to swap unwanted clothing. Accessories are fair game!
5. Upcycle Old Clothing
There are tons of DIY projects on multiple websites that can turn unwanted clothing into great gifts, pillows, clothes, ect. The ideas are endless, use your imagination and create!
4. Thrift, Garage Sale, and E-bay
Just because I sometimes want new clothing, doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be ‘new’. I just want the garment to be new to me. Purchasing second hand can be a great investment because 1) the prices are lower and 2) you avoid the controversial issues of garment production. Besides, many garments from thrift shops eventually move into the dump once their shelf life expires……we need to save the garments!
3. Shop with a Versatile Purpose
This goes back to knowing your wardrobe. If you need a shirt for the office and one for going out, attempt to find one for both purposes and refuse to settle. Modern designers take into consideration the need for multi-purpose. The little black dress has been replaced with a versatile version, great for the office, weddings, and date night. Just accessorize according to the event attire.
2. The Clearance Rack Trick….. Cheap doesn’t mean bargain
I am a sucker for making a direct path to the clearance rack. But remember, declaring a ‘sale’ doesn’t mean that the piece is a bargain. Ask yourself if you can get it cheaper somewhere else? Do you already have one? Are you more in love with the price or the garment? If the answer every question stopper is to proceed with the purchase, then walk away and see if you still want it in a hour. Sometimes a little time and distance clears the head to make a practical decision.
1. Accessories go a long way
When I say accessories, I don’t just mean jewelry or purses. I am talking about scarves, shrugs, shoes, make-up, nail polish, even hair styles. The outfit is only one piece of your entire look. Changing your hair from an updo to flowing curls is all an outfit may need…..and you didn’t spend a thing!