Staying in fashion – or at least not wearing all the same clothes all the time – can be hard to do on a budget. Decent new clothes can be incredibly expensive, and it can be disheartening to go on a shopping trip and come back empty-handed because you couldn’t afford that pair of jeans that fitted you really well and looked great. However, do not despair, for there are ways you can refresh your wardrobe without having to break the bank.
Clothes shops nearly always have some sale or another going on, whether it’s seasonal or simply getting rid of a load of old or end of the line stock. Trawling through rail after rail of often jumbled and disorganised sales clothes can often seem like a challenge, but it’s definitely worth it if you manage to get an item of clothing that could last you for ages and be paired with any number of outfits for under a tenner.
Charity or thrift shops often prove to be a veritable gold mine of cheap clothes, and contrary to popular belief they’re not just for old ladies. Indeed, you can often find a variety of things that are actually rather new available in charity shops for the fraction of their retail price. Additionally, spending money in a charity shop means that what you do pay is guaranteed to go to a good cause.
A relatively recent phenomenon, Freecycle gives people the opportunity to get rid of items without dumping them in landfill sites. As its name implies, it also means that people can get their hands on the things people advertise for free. It’s surprising what you can find on Freecycle; it’s possible to kit out an entire home with things you can get from Freecycle. However, be sure to adhere to the site’s rules if you do use it.
This idea may sound silly at first, but it can actually work rather well (provided you’re in contact with someone who wears similar sized clothes as you). Swapping clothes with other people means that both of you get some ‘new’ clothes to wear, which can easily be swapped back when you tire of them. The same goes for borrowing, and you might even end up being given the items of clothing in question if they’re generous and/or you seem to be particularly attached to it.
Vanquis Bank‘s Vincent Vance doesn’t consider himself much of a fashionista, but is definitely a penny pincher.