The average British woman spends more than £1,000 per year on clothes and accessories, accounting for 5.6 percent of the average household budget. The right clothes can give the wearer a positive mental attitude and the confidence to overcome social awkwardness. They can also land you the perfect job and ensure that other people perceive you as professional. Dressing well will also help secure that second date!
However, with changing fashions tempting us from all directions, keeping a well-stocked wardrobe so you can look your best on a daily basis can get expensive. So here are some tips for saving money on the latest fashion.
Hit the Charity Shops
Charity shopping is not only kinder to your wallet, but it is also kinder to the environment and helps raise funds for great causes. One man’s trash really is another man’s treasure, and with a bit of patience and digging, you can end up with unique pieces that you would never find on the high street. This is also a great opportunity to freshen up your wardrobe and donate the clothes that you no longer wear.
One great tip for charity shopping: location is key. More affluent areas tend to attract donations that are better quality and more expensive to begin with. This is where you will find bargains on items that are barely worn, and some which even still have the price tag.
Sell the Things You Don’t Wear
Selling the clothes you no longer wear is a great way to pay for new clothes and to keep your wardrobe fresh and current. There are several platforms for this such as car boot sales and charity events, but possibly the easiest way is to sell your preloved clothes is online.
Depop is the Instagram of online clothes sales. You simply upload your picture with a small caption. Of course, this is also a great place to pick up bargains, so make sure you have a browse before you head to the shops.
Find Online Coupons and Deals
This is a great way to get a deal and the options are almost limitless. This also allows you to shop online and save money and time. Websites that give you an
AO.com discount code can often see you saving up to 70% on the retail price.
Stick to Machine Washable Clothing
For dry clean clothing, bear in mind that you will pay every time you have the item cleaned. Sticking to machine washable items means you only ever pay once which can have a significant impact on your back pocket.
Buy Off Season
Buying off season is a great way to secure deals on items from the previous season as retailers will be looking to clear their stock. It may feel odd to buy swimwear in December, but summer will come around before you know it and then you will be thankful you picked up that item for half price.
Shop for Clearance Sales Online
There are hundreds of bargains to be found online, and many shops will be looking to clear excess stock from the previous season.