Our Guide to Clothes Shopping on a Budget

Keeping up with the latest fashions and trends can be expensive, but by following our tips and tricks, you can cut your clothes shopping costs and never go out of style.

Think about what you really need

Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes but can never work out what to wear? Before you head to the shops, make sure to pull everything out from your wardrobe to see exactly what you have. You’ll probably be surprised by all the great outfits you’ve neglected over the years, but if something is missing, make a list of items you really need, rather than just things you want, to narrow down your shopping budget.

Clear out and sell

There’s nothing better than a good clearout… well, apart from a good clearout that can help you raise some funds towards that new jacket you’ve been dreaming of! These days there are many ways to sell your unwanted clothes, from websites to apps, to the old-fashioned way at a car boot sale or market.

Check out charity shops

Shopping in charity shops can be like going on a treasure hunt when it comes to clothes shopping on a budget. Not only can you snap up vintage classics for bargain prices, but you may also discover the hidden treasures of never-worn new items, still with their labels on, at a fraction of their original price.

Swap, don’t shop

We all have clothes that we don’t wear very often, so why not swap with a friend? Clothes swapping is a fun and free way to change up your wardrobe. You could even organise a dinner party and ask your guests to bring a few items of clothing each, then put them together to create a new wardrobe for your guests to pick from.

Hire instead of buy

When it comes to big events like weddings or significant birthdays, it’s common for men to rent a suit, but it can also be great value for money for women to hire a dress! Renting an outfit is a great way to save money whilst still being able to show up in a stunning outfit that nobody has seen you wear before. For some, this is the perfect option for those who will only wear an outfit once!

Quality over quantity

There are those of us who save up to buy one quality piece of clothing at a time, and those of us who are put off by higher price tags, only to find we end up replacing cheaper items over and over again. Instead of buying cheap disposable fashion, consider investing in quality items which are more cost-effective as they last much longer. Opt for the staples that won’t go out of fashion, and can be dressed up or down to suit all occasions.

End of season sales

End of season sales are the key to getting new clothes on a budget and looking amazing all year round. You can make huge savings on classic pieces that never go out of fashion, as well as basics that can be styled with just a few accessories to keep you on trend from season to season. You can often find high-ticket items like shoes or coats, heavily discounted just before summer – this is the perfect time to pick up a bargain that will see you through next winter and beyond.

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