Buying clothes is one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make! It’s something that will always be with you, changing and getting dirtier as time goes on. Whether it’s a new shirt or a pair of jeans, it’s important to spend your money wisely. Here are some buy hacks we’ve found to help you save money on your clothing purchases.
7 hacks for your daily wear clothes
- Skip the dry cleaner.
Just don’t do it. Don’t buy the whole outfit at once, and don’t wash everything you’ve bought once the first piece has already been put in the dryer. A dirty shirt is no good. If it’s just a few small spots of dirt, simply wipe it with your shirt’s sleeve and throw it back on your hanger, or wash it and iron it.
- Beware of free shirts!
If you see a thrift store or garage sale and find a free shirt, grab it. You won’t regret it! But try to avoid these:
Bath and Body Works freebies
Victoria’s Secret freebies
Old Tommy Hilfiger tops
Old polo shirts
Old Under Armour shirts
- Decide how often you buy your clothes.
How to avoid the fashion trap
If you want to avoid getting ripped off by big brands like Forever 21, Express, or Old Navy, you need to know how to spot the rip-off prices.
Most popular brands sell their clothes in a range of stores that are similar in price. The difference is usually in design. If the logo or the trim doesn’t match, that means you’re paying more. If the quality isn’t that great, that means you’re paying more. Old Navy and Abercrombie & Fitch will keep prices the same in most stores. That’s why I like to shop at off-price shops to avoid paying the top mark-up prices.
The happy medium
Before you go to the store, it’s best to have an idea of what you want and what you can afford. And don’t forget to read the labels! Lots of clothes are made from cheap materials, like cotton, which are susceptible to damage. You’ll be saving money if you get a good quality pair of jeans instead of some of the cheaper jeans at the mall. You can even create your own at home if you’re just not that into shopping in stores. Buy tips a secondhand shirt that’s comfortable and you don’t mind if it doesn’t quite match your outfits.
Check for sales online
When shopping online, you have the ability to compare prices to find the best deal. Online shopping also gives you the chance to see clothes before they go on sale.
The thrifty way of shopping
Go old school. You know you can buy some brands in thrift shops, right? Remember to check the tags to make sure everything is still in good condition. You can probably pick up an amazing piece for less than $10.
Shop thrift stores during off season. If you go to a thrift store during the school year you’ll be hard pressed to find anything. Get in there before the students buy out their clothes.
Look for high quality clothes. It’s so easy to get caught up with fashion trends. Investing in quality products pays off in the long run.
Re-wear your clothes. If your jeans have a few holes, rip and frayed, but still fit you well, then by all means, wear it again. By re-wearing your clothes, you save money and have a few more.
Be willing to buy secondhand.
Fashion after 10 years from now
We all want to look and feel our best. Fashion should be fun and feel good, so shopping for new clothes can sometimes be a hassle. If you’re looking to pick up some new items, think about where you’re buying the clothes from. Smaller online retailers have great deals on quality, name brands! It’s a win-win!
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- Spray Your Garments, Not Yourself
Catch your perfumes on your clothes! We all love to get fancy when we’re out on the town, but don’t expect to walk around smelling like you just got out of the shower. If you apply your favorite perfume when you’re getting dressed, you’re going to spray it all over your new outfit and it’s not going to last nearly as long.
Clothes shopping can be stressful, and it’s easy to become too focused on the cost to actually enjoy what you buy! By using a few tips, you can save money on your clothes and still make sure they fit, fit, fit!