- There’s no shame in wanting to stick to a budget, and if you’ve been shopping for a while, you probably already know that this doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your chic look – quite the opposite, in fact!
- When money is tight, you need a strategy for setting goals and objectives.
- Whether you want to make some extra money or make more room in your closet for newer pieces, these stores are a great option.
- Swishing or swapping parties are becoming increasingly popular all over the world.
- You don’t have to be a top-tier tailor to make minor changes to your clothing, such as changing the style of an item to make it feel brand new.
Being thrifty means ‘using money wisely.’ Other synonyms for ‘thrifty’ include ‘frugal,’ ‘pinching,’ and ‘miserly.’ While these adjectives may not conjure up images of glitz and glam, if you’re on a tight budget, there are a few changes you can make that won’t jeopardize your appearance.
Make a Strategy
When money is tight, you need a strategy for setting goals and objectives.
Whether you’re shopping for clothes or groceries, your smartphone’s note-taking and reminder apps will come in handy.
First, go through your closet and determine which items of clothing are missing or in desperate need of replacement, then save images of them on Pinterest or your phone.
This will simplify your shopping experience and save you time and effort looking for specific garments at specific thrift stores, as all you’d have to do is show the photos to the shopping assistants.
They will then know if those items are in stock and where to look for them.
Pre-owned Items for Sale/Buy
If you have any signature designer pieces that you no longer want to wear and that cost you an arm and a leg in the past, online stores like Vestiaire Collective and Rebelle can help you sell them.
Whether you want to make some extra money or make more room in your closet for newer pieces, these stores are a great option.
Dress Agencies, which are physical stores that can be found in most cities or busy areas, are an alternative to these online stores.
These establishments accept high-quality pre-owned clothing as well as designer accessories.
So, if you have an old Louis Vuitton bag that has remained in pristine condition but that you no longer want to lug around while strolling, taking it to a Dress Agency or selling it online could be the answer.
Swish, Swish, Swish, Swish
Swishing or swapping parties are becoming increasingly popular all over the world.
If you’re still curious about what these entail, just ask the Gen Zs! This is a cheap, environmentally friendly, and enjoyable way to get new clothes.
Many events use a system that makes it difficult to ‘trade down’ for something else, so you don’t have to worry about throwing your items away.
Some events even have a point system where you can carry over points from a previous swap event and redeem them at the next one.
Get Rid of Fast Fashion
Fast fashion refers to low-cost, easily accessible clothing found on the high street and on hundreds of popular fast-fashion websites.
This style of fashion relies on factory workers from third-world countries to mass-produce products at a low cost.
The working conditions in these factories are deplorable, and they are typically found in South America, India, and China.
Furthermore, the texture of clothes purchased from such fast fashion outlets is cheap and should not be resold.
You can try to avoid supporting this industry by investing your clothing budget in ethical companies that prioritize sustainability and ethical clothing production.
Not all ethical businesses are expensive; there are several ethical clothing brands available online that are less expensive.
Recycle and upcycle
You don’t have to be a top-tier tailor to make minor changes to your clothing, such as changing the style of an item to make it feel brand new.
Wear an oversized man’s shirt off the shoulder, add a belt to that baggy dress, roll up the sleeves of a dangling jumper, and pin a brooch to that faded blouse.
Dylon can even be used to dye an item, making it unrecognizable.
All you need is a little inspiration, and if you get stuck and need a garment hemmed, you can ask a friend who knows how to sew for help. Worst-case scenario, look for a reasonably priced tailor near you.
There are numerous ways to look stylish on a budget.
We recommend that you take a close look at your closet, plan, and proceed from there!