Fashion is about looking like a million bucks — but it shouldn’t be about spending a million bucks. While some of us may assume that looking stylish is a pricey proposition, the reality is that all people can get away with spending less on style if they understand what they’re doing and know a few simple tips and tricks.
That’s why we’re here to lay out your cost-conscious fashion plan. We’ll explain what you need to know about the world of fashion to become a savvier and more efficient shopper. We’ll also share some helpful little hints and tips to get you started. Here’s what you need to know about looking better while spending less.
What You Need To Know To Find Bargains
Why are some clothes more expensive than others? Well, sometimes it’s because those clothes look nicer and are of a higher quality. But that’s not always the case. Some pricey clothes are actually just overpriced, and some affordable pieces are actually really nice, high-quality garments that will last you a lifetime. The key to dressing well on a budget is finding those latter sorts of clothes. So how can you do it?
You need to learn how to recognize the clothes that will look good on you, stay in style for as long as you need them to, and last a long time even when worn often.
To find clothes that will look good on you, you need to understand your body type and pay attention to the fit of your clothes. Look for clothes that flatter your body type, hiding the things you’re maybe a bit less proud of while emphasizing and enhancing other features. Take some time to do some research about fits and body types, and learn to Recognize a Good Fit in The Mirror.
Knowing a bit about fashion trends will help you shop smart, too. In general, the clothes that you’ll get the most mileage out of will be the ones that do not emphasize flash-in-the-pan styles. Fewer details and more classic cuts will mean more months and years before a given piece goes out of style. And pieces that last you will be pieces that save you money, because you won’t have to keep buying the same sorts of things again and again.
Finally, learn to recognize quality stitching and other Signs of a Well-Made Garment. Timeless style isn’t so timeless when your clothes wear out after just one season, so steer clear of fast fashion shops (which are Ethically Questionable anyway) and focus on finding stuff that will last.
Tips For Shopping Smart
Armed with some basic background knowledge about fits, fashion, and quality, you can now start leveraging your knowledge and hunting down really good deals. Here are a few ways to do so.
Shop at online boutiques. Brick-and-mortar specialty stores need to charge big bucks for their clothes to make rent, and giant e-commerce sites are going to have poor quality clothes and unfortunate fits. With a Trendy Online Boutique, you’ll get the best of both worlds: hip, high-quality clothes at low online prices.
Check out secondhand shops. A lot of junk is in even high-end secondhand clothing stores, to say nothing of the stuff you’ll find in thrift shops — but there are gems in there, too. With enough know-how about fits, fabrics, quality, and fashion’s circular paths, you can grab a gem or take a diamond in the rough to your tailor.
Know when prices are low. What’s the best sale of the year at your favorite shop? You should know when it is. And check out items when they’re out of season: a winter coat purchased in June will cost less than it does in December, but you’re still getting the same coat.
You’ll find lots of ways to save as you learn to shop for quality clothes. As long as you know what a good fit looks like and remember how to identify high-quality clothes that will last, you can be confident that you’re saving money instead of just buying the cheap stuff. Good luck!