Do you find yourself flipping through fashion catalogs and wishing you could afford to dress like the models? Or reading the latest style blogs dreaming of filling your closet with everything in the photos?
“I have a really good fashion sense but i’m just too poor to prove it.”
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The mortgage payment is due, my son eats more food than a crocodile, and my daughter has the fashion sense of the Duchess of Sussex. After all of my bills and expenses are paid, there are less crumbs left for me than The Grinch left for Cindy Lou Hoo!
But in spite of that, I have still managed to make sure that my closet is home to a brand new pair of Badgley Mischka heels, a Chanel bag, a Burberry bag, 3 Kate Spade bags, silk dresses by Johnny Was and St. John, and the previous home to a Dries Van Noten silk dress.
No, they weren’t gifted to me. I bought them all on a budget. If you want to know how to save money on fashion, keep reading..
Shop For Designer Clothes At Your Local Thrift Stores
Every city has thrift shops, whether it’s your local Salvation Army or Goodwill and they are filled with designer clothes! If you don’t have either, do a quick Google search for “Thrift Stores Near Me”.
I like to hit them right when they open. Every day, they are putting new items on the racks. When you go early, chances are you can find the new items for the day before they reach the racks.
Give yourself a few hours to shop. You’re going to have to sift through a LOT of junk to find your treasures, but they’re in there. I found this Dries Van Noten silk dress on the dress racks at my local Salvation Army, priced at $.99. Yes, 99 CENTS. AND it was in PRISTINE condition.
You might pay a little more than you would at the thrift stores, but the benefit of shopping at your local consignment stores is that they usually only carry higher end brands, making the shopping experience much easier. You won’t have to spend as much time there and will still get high fashion at up to 90% below retail cost. Plus you’re supporting local business. What can be better than that?
Save More With Discounted Gift Cards
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard of eBates already. As an eBates member, you can shop in over 2500 stores through their system and get paid cash back through a check or PayPal. They also have a refer a friend program where they pay you to send them new members.
Buy Used Clothing Online
Shop thousands of brands and top fashions online for up to 90% off retail prices with sites like eBay, ThredUP, and Amazon. Again, you’re going to pay a bit more than you would at thrift stores, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Finding what you’re looking for is fast and convenient.
- Tip when you’re shopping online: Check the listing to see if the seller has measured the garment. Take a garment from your closet that fits well and measure it to compare. Lay the un-stretched garment on a flat surface and measure the inches from armpit to armpit to get the bust measurements. Do the same for the waist, hips, etc.
- For a more comprehensive guide to measuring garments, I found this excellent blog post.
Sell Your Used Clothes Online
As a general rule of thumb, if there’s something in my closet that I haven’t worn in more than a year, it’s out. I don’t even think about it. I’ll list it on eBay or send it to ThredUP and have them list it for me. If you have a lot of items you want to get rid of but not a lot of time to take the pictures, measure them, write up the descriptions, etc.., ordering a kit from ThredUP is the easiest way to do it.
If you have the time, listing it on eBay will return a higher profit. Remember that dress I bought for $.99 at Salvation Army? I sold it on eBay. For $175!
In short, you don’t have to pay a small fortune to dress well. Have fun and use your imagination. Shop the bargain racks, grab the gift cards and coupons, and join the cash back programs.
What are some creative ways you’ve saved?