This article will teach you how to design your wardrobe with flair, but still keep it within your budget! Fashion is one of those things where you either love it or you hate it. It’s either a hard thing to shop for or you can’t afford it. In this article I will share some great ideas for you to try on for yourself so that you know what’s out there when it comes to wardrobe design.
First rule is to always have a budget. A good one to have is around $200 – this will help you narrow down your options and also make the pieces you do choose to look better. The lower the price, the less you will have to splurge on new pieces, which will help your budget.
Second, you want to go shopping for what you already own. Do you own any pre-owned dresses, shoes, hats, or accessories? If you do then it’s always easier to get them at a fraction of the cost. Plus, you can look for pieces that you like and that you can wear again (without having to buy them new). So start rummaging through your wardrobe and see what you already have!
Third, be sure to mix and match. Many people think that all they need to do is buy new pieces, but in fact that’s too much work. You should actually have a few good outfits in different sizes, fabrics, and colors. It makes it easier to mix and match and will actually increase your wardrobe AND your bottom line! Mix and match and find some fun combinations!
Fourth, once you buy a dress, try to hold onto it until the end of the prom. When stores see that you’re still excited about your dress, they’ll put it on sale. This way you’ll get the dress at a huge discount. Plus, it’s a great time to buy other pieces that you love at the same time.
Fifth, buy one, get one free. As cute as it sounds, it’s true. At some locations, they’ll put a line around the store saying, “buy one, get one free.” When you get your free item, don’t just decide that you want to have it, you can give it to someone else and get a new one. Sometimes these sales are weekly or even daily and you can walk in and buy a dress, try it on and choose another color if you like it.
Sixth, don’t ask too many questions when buying. Always ask how much the piece costs and what is included in that price. If you have to ask, then don’t buy. Chances are the salesperson is trying to sell you. And if you have to buy more than one thing, you’ll pay full price anyway.
Finally, remember to be flexible with your fashion budget. If you find something that you love, but it costs more than expected, you can always trade it in for a cheaper item. You can also save money by taking home two or three pieces instead of one. Keeping your eyes open and being willing to adapt will help you save money and have a fabulous evening.
So now that you know how to look around, how do you find bargains? One way is to shop late. This is usually during the weekdays when stores are having major sales. The key is to find items on sale but not too cheap. There are huge markdowns during these sales and you can score some real deals. Just keep your eyes open and stay on the lookout.
Another thing to do is to shop at the end of seasons. Most stores will have last minute sales where they sell old stock for cheap. This is often a good time to go shopping as well. It’s best to wait until the sales start again in the fall to find great prices on the clothes you want.
Now that you know how to maximize your fashion budget, start practicing your new skills. Look for sales at the end of seasons. Wait until the sales are over. Put your coupons in the wallet or purse and take one look through it. If you can find at least one bargain, you’ve taken advantage of one of your many tricks.