Top tips for saving money on clothes
With the economy in tough times, more people are watching their spending. Clothing is a necessary purchase, so here are some easy tips for saving money on clothes:
- Define Your Style: Know what lines and fabrics work well on your body type, and stick to them. When it comes to wardrobe staples, focus on looks that never go out of style.
- Buy Clothes That Fit You Now: While buying clothes to “grow into” might work for kids, it’s not an ideal way to build an adult wardrobe. Don’t live in the future. You’ll look and feel better in clothing that’s the right size for you now, not the size you want to be. Plus, you’ll save money by not buying clothing you might never wear.
- Choose Quality: Spend more on basics from good manufacturers. You can always jazz them up with accessories, and the fabrics will hold up years longer than something made cheaply. Don’t be worried about missing out on trends. If square toed boots are in but you have a high-quality pair that are rounded, they will always look right — and might add a distinctive, personal touch to your wardrobe.
- If You Love Something and Will Wear it Forever, Buy It!: When you find an item that’s perfect for you — a great pair of skinny jeans, a button-down shirt that fits just right — don’t wait. It might go on sale, but if it’s that fantastic, you can’t count on it. If it’s a really fantastic wardrobe staple, consider buying two so you have a backup when the first wears out.
- If You Don’t Love It, Don’t Buy It: This strategy is a simple way to save money: if you don’t think an item is fantastic, don’t buy it. Why pay for something that’s only “OK”? Take a long, hard look at the cost per wear of every item before purchasing it. If you want to invest in a designer suit or couture cocktail dress that you’ll put on only once or twice a year, make sure it’s something you love and will enjoy wearing time after time. Do you love it enough to make the cost per wear worthwhile? This also brings back point #3: pieces you will wear for years should be good quality.
- Don’t Spend a Lot on Trends: The fashion cycle is getting shorter all the time. What used to last a season is now hot for only a few weeks!
- Always try on items before purchasing: Sit, stand, walk and swing your arms to make sure the fit is perfect. If it’s almost perfect and you love the item, take it to a tailor and have it adjusted. However, if it has an unpleasant odor or a deep-set stain, it’s probably best to move on.
- Buy on Sale: Sales are terrific ways to acquire wardrobe staples like neutral pants, skirts and shirts. Study the sales cycles of top retailers and check out the discounts. I find most clothing stores have sales these days, which usually holds merchandise that the store has trouble selling or needs to sell to make room for other merchandise. And the clothes in these racks are usually not out of season. Remember that seasonal clothing is usually sold before the season starts, so by the time the season rolls around, they’re on sale, yet everyone’s still wearing them.
- Shop Online – Shopping online can offer significant savings, see here a search my blog on Shein.com and see all the bargains I have got from their.
- Go Shopping At Thrift Stores – Thrift stores are a great place to find clothes – you can even find designer and brand new pieces! Many thrift stores also have “bag” sales, which allow you to stuff one bag at a fixed price. I know their are not any “thrift” sort of store in Dubai but their are good handful of great designer second hard stores.
- Shop At Off-Price Apparel Stores – There are many stores that you might not think to shop in but have some great deals, for example I love a good shop in Iconic, Max or Splash now lots of times you can go in here and its total trash but other times you can be pleasantly surprised.
- Try Outlet Stores – Outlet stores are good places to pick up a bargin, head to Dubai Outlet more or the new mall in Jebel Ali – www.theoutletvillage.ae
- Turn Your Old Clothes Into New – If you are crafty and have clothes that are ripped, stained or even just tired, you can renew them by adding embellishments like ribbon, lace or flowers, cutting off sleeves and legs, or even combining two different pieces into one. You can come up with many unique pieces this way, and for almost nothing.
- Swap With Friends Or Family – If you have friends or family that wear the same-sized clothing as you, swap clothes that you don’t want anymore.
Preserving Your Clothes:
Once you’ve bought your clothing, how do you make the most of it? A few simple strategies can help your favorite items last a little longer — saving you money by delaying their replacement.
- Be Proactive: Give loose buttons an extra stitch. Use iron-on patches on the insides of the knees of kids’ jeans. Don’t wear pants that are too long; your heels will wear out the bottoms.
- Fold, Don’t Hang, Knits: Have you ever hung up a favorite sweater, only to pull it out of your closet and find it misshapen and distorted? Hangers can stretch out the shoulders of knit clothing, so it’s best to fold these items instead.
- Don’t Keep Dry Cleaning in Plastic Bags: The chemicals in the bags can weaken and yellow fibers over time. Instead, store business suits in canvas bags or cotton pillowcases cases with a hole cut at the top.
- Treat Stains Promptly: Dab stains right away with a travel-size stain spray or, if appropriate, plain water. Get into the habit of applying stain stick to shirt collars to combat sweat stains, or try soaking them in borax.
- Launder Clothes Properly: Use a cold wash and don’t overdo the suds. I’ve had great success using half as much detergent; instead I add borax to the wash cycle and vinegar to the rinse. The cold wash also helps prevent potential shrinkage. Wash like with like colors; after all, that pink hue on your white shirts will require more washing and chemicals to remove.
- Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need – The easiest way of saving money is not buying what you don’t need. Do you really need another pair of shoes when you already have 30? Do you need yet another black t-shirt, when you already have another hiding in your laundry basket? Make a mental inventory of your clothing before you go shopping, so you don’t wind up buying multiples.