The first tip for dressing classy on a budget might seem a little bit obvious to some of you girls but I’m just going to say it anyways.
1. First tip is to buy your clothing on Aliexpress
Thrift shopping is one of the easiest ways to stock up on the classics without breaking the bank . My favorite thing is to have an outfit or a piece of clothing in mind and to search for it at Aliexpress. I also love reading reviews from BestAliProducts.com.
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You can also look at websites like eBay and Craigslist and by what is called “Lot”. When you buy a lot online, you basically are getting a ton of clothes for a really cheap price. I have to say and it’s kind of a hit or a miss thing you don’t know what you’re really are going to get but sometimes you can score really great pieces so I just wanted to throw that in there as another tip as well.
2. Maximize the clothing that you already have in your own closet.
Ladies, a little home sewing never hurt anybody, but if you can’t home sew or you don’t have the time, just take your clothing to the tailor. Sometimes, just taking a dress up a little bit or adding a hem into a pair of pants or even adding something like a little bead or lace detail to a skirt or a blouse is an easy way to give new life to old clothes and it’s a tip that I swear by. I have seen my own grandmother take some shorts that she’s had from you back from or wherever she had them and add on a little lace detail and voila! They instantly become something cute, refreshed and modern.
Another quick tip to consider when it comes to modifying your own clothes is at-home dyeing. You can actually take a basic colored shirt top blouse, you can take one garment and you can change it into an entirely different color for less than three dollars.
3. Invest in the classics when you buy a piece of clothing.
Buying the classics it’s just a great idea. The classic items in your wardrobe are timeless, that means they never go out of style. They might be in season one year and out-of-season the next, but because they look good no matter, what they never really go out of style.
Classic pieces and wardrobe basics can be worn in multiple different ways with multiple different outfits and for this reason you’re getting the most wear out of these pieces of clothing instead of the clothing that you buy for one-time use and then you never wear it again. This actually reminds me of what I like to call the cost per wear formula and we’ll just talk about that really briefly but what it is is you take the initial price of an item. Let’s say you buy a shirt for $200 and you wear it 200 times.
That shirt cost you one dollar each time you wear it. Investing in a piece of clothing is different because you’re buying for the long term instead of the short term. Even though initially when you buy a piece and you’re buying it as an investment it might be a little bit more upfront, you are in fact saving money in the long term because of how often you’ll be wearing these pieces.
So when you think of your wardrobe and you think of classics and you think of the pieces that you grab over and over and over again, those are the pieces that you’ll be getting the most value out of. That’s where you really save on money long term. You don’t really save money when you buy a piece of clothing for four dollars but then you’re always buying shirts for four dollars and then you just throw them out or you don’t wear them or you buy them only because they’re on sale. That doesn’t really make a lot of sense financially. What makes sense is buying for the long term so you get the most use out of your clothing.
4. Rent clothing for special or one-time occasions.
Now ladies, how many of us have been to a wedding or to a prom or to an event that only happens once or twice in your life? How many times have you gone to an event where you’ve bought a piece for that single event and you just never wear it? Even though you tell yourself, “I really want to wear that dress! Maybe I’ll wear to so-and-so’s wedding or maybe I’ll switch it up and wear it to something else.” The piece reminds you of the initial event you wore it on, you took a bunch of pictures in it you put it all over Facebook and the next thing you know every time you look at that piece you just don’t want to wear it anymore. That is where you lose on money in your wardrobe and that is where you should really be renting your clothes.
5. Buy clothes for the realistic life that you live.
There’s a method for planning stylish outfits, and that is the S.O.F.A method. In that method, there are four things we talked about the season, the occasion, the formality level, and the activity level of your basic workweek and what you need for the realistic life that you live in your wardrobe. For me, I work a desk job. I work to Monday through Fridays. I need mostly semi-formal attire so it wouldn’t really make sense for me to allocate my budget towards a bunch of fancy pieces when I really need semi-formal pieces. What I mean by buying clothes for the realistic life that you live is to always have that in the back of your mind of “will I really wear this”? Now ladies, we have all been there.
We have all been to TJ Maxx or Marshalls and we’ve seen a gorgeous designer piece and it’s on sale and we love it and it’s just beautiful and you give yourself the excuse, we’ve all been there. You have that pep talk with yourself where you say “oh well I could wear this, I could wear this.” No, unless you will wear this, do not buy it. When you buy clothes based on the realistic life that you live, you’re ensuring that you’ll get to wear those pieces that you’ve purchased time and time again. This goes back to that cost per wear formula that I mentioned. If you’re constantly wearing the pieces that you’re investing in, you’re making the most out of them. You’re getting the most value for them and you’re stretching your dollar even further.
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6. For girls, like myself, who have a tough time when it comes to resisting a good sale on a website, use the price checker tool on whatever website you buy your clothing from.
Most websites actually have a way to filter out or sort the price of all the items that you’re searching for and when I’m shopping on a budget, when I need to stick to my budget, what I will do is I will go on those websites or whatever website I’m shopping on and I will just filter out everything that is beyond my price range. If I can’t afford it as a moment, I don’t even want to be tempted. I don’t want to see it. I don’t want it near me. I don’t want to think “oh well if I paid in an installment plan, I could get it in three easy payments of $599”. No, it’s not happening yet, so use the price checker tool to your advantage and only filter out the items that are in your budget. It’s also really nice because when you do see an item, you can get excited about it because you can afford it and it will be in your budget for whatever that budget is.
7. Ask and you shall receive.
How many women do you know in your life that are dying to clear out their closets and just donate their clothes to a good home? Well, I always ask. Whenever I’m hunting for a specific piece of clothing, I ask everyone in my life that I think is A. close to my size and B. might be in the mood to do a little shopping and need an excuse to clear things out of their wardrobe. Hand-me-down pieces are nothing to laugh about and you can actually score an amazing and beautiful piece just by asking the people in your life. In the worst-case scenario, they say no but the next time they might go, whoever they are, let’s say it’s a colleague a co-worker someone in your family, a relative, a neighbor, just get out there and chat with the people in your life. The next time that they go to clear out their closets, you bet, that they’re going to be thinking of you when they do. If they aren’t in your size and the clothing is a little bit bigger a little bit too small you can always take it to the tailor, modify it, or switch it up. The point I’m trying to make here is that it is very easy once you ask for what you want in life. You got to ask. You got to take the first step. You just have to ask.