How to Save Money While Building a New Wardrobe
You Can Upgrade Your Wardrobe without Spending a Fortune
There are many reasons to build a new wardrobe, but no matter the reason, it always seems like an expensive endeavor. If you feel like you need to revamp your closet or change your wardrobe, you can do so without breaking the bank by following a few simple tips.
Read on to find out how to save money while building a new wardrobe.
1. DON’T RUSH WHEN BUILDING A NEW WARDROBE | BUILD SLOWLY
Most people think that they have to spend tons of money each time they shop. As a result, they don’t shop very often—and when they finally do, they tend to unnecessarily overspend. Part of the reason you may end up spending so much per visit is due to the fact that you want to ensure you buy everything at once thereby rushing, even when the items you are buying are not really that perfect. Don’t rush, spread your expenses over time. Shopping every two to three months ensures that you spend less over a longer period of time.
While this forces you to slowly build a wardrobe, it gives you more time to consider your options and create outfits you actually want to wear, instead of outfits that get you out of the fitting room faster.
2. SHOP SMART | DON’T BUY ITEMS THAT YOU CAN’T MIX AND MATCH EFFORTLESSLY
Consider your closet. If you have too many pieces with over-the-top colors and patterns, it’s most likely that you have not been intentional with your style. Not only are bold pieces very expensive, they aren’t versatile. Versatility is essential if you want to create a brand new wardrobe on a budget.
Every time you buy a new item, you should ensure that there are at least two different ways to wear it. This forces you to buy more basics—and that entails the added benefit of them being frequently on sale. With an online fashion retailer like District Clothing, find your basic pieces at an affordable price and supplement your wardrobe with quality and versatile at leisure wear.
3. START BY INVESTING IN PIECES THAT SHARE SIMILAR COLOR | MONOCHROMATIC STYLE
Investing in pieces that share a similar color, ensures that they are easier to mix and match. For many monochromatic styles, you can guarantee interesting ensembles by playing with patterns, choosing different textures, and varying the shades.
You can choose charcoal as your primary color and build an outfit based on a gray collared shirt, a dark satin tie, and black dress pants, all of which are various hues of charcoal. Flex with your accessories and pair your charcoal outfit with a pair of burgundy shoes and a leather watch.
BEST COST-EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ADOPT WHEN BUILDING A NEW WARDROBE | THE TO-DO LIST
1. THE STARTER KIT
Updating your wardrobe on a budget necessitates a slow build, so your first shopping trip should only include three to six individual pieces. Before you start shopping, you’ll want to analyze your lifestyle to determine which kinds of clothes you’ll need most often.
Consider how much time you spend at the gym, out on the town with friends, in the office, and attending formal events. This will give you an idea of what kind of outfits you need to maximize on. If you spend most of your day in the office, you’ll need several work-appropriate pieces, not muscle tees.
2. MAKE A PLAN
After you’ve decided on what styles you’ll need the most, which colors you’d like to emphasize, and where you want to shop, you need to make a plan. Often, people who don’t make a plan end up buying much more than they need or want.
Before going on your first shopping trip, decide on a budget and consider how much each piece of clothing will cost. Shopping online gives you the opportunity to plan what you want to buy before making your final purchase.
If your budget is 40,000 NAIRA each month, consider the following estimates:
- T-shirts— 5000 NAIRA
- Collared shirts—10,000 NAIRA
- Pants— 10,000 NAIRA
- Jeans—10,000 NAIRA
- Suit – 45,000 NAIRA
Considering your 40,000 NAIRA budget, it’s obvious you won’t be able to buy everything you need all at once. Each month, you’ll need to purchase the most important pieces:
- 1st Month: Four t-shirts, one collared shirt, and a pair of pants i.e. 40,000 Naira
- 2nd Month: Two collared shirts, and two pairs of pants i.e. 40,000 Naira
- 3rd Month: Three pairs of jeans and a t-shirt i.e. 35,000 Naira you save 5,000 Naira (to be used next month)
- 4th Month: One suit i.e. 45,000 Naira
In this way, you will have bought fifteen (15) unique pieces and built an entirely new wardrobe in just four months.
3. BUILD YOUR NEW WARDROBE
As time goes on, you can add few flashy and expensive pieces to your wardrobe or invest in quality accessories like ties and watches. Build slowly and eventually, you’ll have a cohesive, versatile wardrobe that suits your lifestyle. Be sure to follow these tips to shop smart and save money while enhancing your style and adding to your new fashionable collection.
By so doing you will realize that the cost of rebuilding your wardrobe is really not as expensive as you had imagined.
Carolyn Clarke is a fashion-forward stylist and freelance writer from Los Angeles, California. With over 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, she has helped many of her clients to attain their ideal image by uniquely pairing their tastes with bold statement pieces. When she is not busy shopping, designing, and building new outfits, she enjoys painting and reading.
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