Maximize Your Wardrobe Budget

The thought of having a closet full of clothes you love sounds amazing, but trying to afford it can seem scary. But even on the tiniest budget, a little bit of strategy and a few simple tricks can get you a great wardrobe without taking the fun out of shopping. I will help you figure out how much to spend, what purchases will have the biggest impact, how to find quality clothes for a good price and how to get the most out of your shopping trip.

When I go shopping, I try to live by the motto, “buy less, but choose well.” I try to treat my shopping like a treasure hunt for the ultimate wardrobe. When I buy new clothes, I make a shopping list, size up my options, and stick to the 70/30 rule.  70% of your closet should be classic pieces like a great white top and awesome black handbag, and the 30% should be for trendy, fun pieces like a hot pair of fuchsia pumps. That way, your closet is always in balance.  As a result, I have been able to find better clothes for my body, personality and budget. I am building a wardrobe that I love wearing everyday, and can actually afford. You can do it too. Let me show you how to shop on a budget, but still buy nice clothes and have fun doing it.

Have you ever seen a stylist’s mood board plastered with magazine pages, fabric swatches, photos of celebrities, postcards of art, and other random stuff? Stylists use these collages to capture a specific mood or style while working on a project. You should do the same. Before you go shopping, think of yourself as your own personal stylist and improving your closet as your current project. Your goal is to build on what you have, enhancing and adding to your collection of clothes.  Here are some tips.

  • Get Inspired – Gather style inspiration images in one place. Look carefully for common threads like colors, prints, and clothing shapes.
  • Make a Wish List Based on What You Own – Make a wish list of clothes that complement the favorites you already own. See what you realistically like to wear everyday. Keeping an actual record of what you wear may reveal some surprising trends in your wardrobe. While making your wish list, think about items that might pair well with your most worn items. You will get the most wear out of new items that look great with your current favorites.
  • Avoid Repeat Purchases – Look at the clothes you still have from last season and compare them to your wish list. You may actually own similar items to those you were hoping to buy. Unless the ones you own are worn out and need replacement, you can take some of these off your wish list, freeing up room in your budget for higher-impact purchases.
  • Find the Right Place To Shop – Look for a mall, street, or shopping center that has more than one store you want to visit. This will help you avoid wasting time browsing stores that do not have the products you are looking for.

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