Even for those who are no longer in school, fall signifies a fresh start, and for many women this means updating their wardrobes. Despite what you may think, you don’t need tons of money to refresh your wardrobe. With the following tips, you can give yourself a whole new look without breaking the bank.
- Assess your existing wardrobe – Before you do anything else, you want to take inventory of your existing wardrobe. Get rid of pieces that no longer fit and that are too worn to wear. Then, assess your closet for all the essentials, including the little black dress, white tee shirt, neutral colored blouse, classic blazer, pencil skirt, black dress pants, and a pair of skinny jeans or jeggings like the Genie Jeggings. For footwear and accessories, you’ll need a basic handbag, black or nude heels, casual flats and a pair of boots. With these essentials, you can mix and match the different pieces to create stylish outfits for any occasion.
- Set a budget, and stick to it – Once you’ve gone through your wardrobe, you can determine which items you need. Write down all of the items you need in order of their priority, and set a maximum amount of money you’d like to spend on them.
- Utilize end of season sales – At the end of each season, retailers offer great sales and discounts on their inventory to make room for the next season’s styles. Back to school is one of the biggest shopping seasons, and sales typically last from August through October. Once the back to school season has ended, it won’t be long before the Christmas shopping season, during which you can experience substantial savings. You can also utilize end of season sales to stock up on clearance items that you know you’ll need during the season that just passed.
- Consider the quality – While a lower-end brand will be cheaper, you should stick with brands that are known for their high quality products. Though choosing the cheaper item will save you more money in the short term, it could cost you more in the long run. If it’s of poor quality, you’ll have to replace it in the same season you bought it.
What other budget shopping tips can you think of?