Whilst I probably spend most of my money on makeup, clothing is a pretty close second. You only have to buy a couple of tops, a pair of jeans and a dress and the price has already rocketed. So what can you do to save a bit of money on clothes? Here's a few tips to help you out.
Buy better quality clothing
Whilst it may sound a bit crazy to spend more on money there is method to the madness. By spending more on clothing you're more likely to get better quality materials which will in effect make your clothes last longer. We're not talking Primark here - aim for Karen Millen or Coast.
Have a swap party
If you have a lot of friends or know a lot of people who are a similar size to you why not swap clothes? Swap parties can be held anywhere and gives you all the chance to have loads of new outfits without spending a penny. You never know you may find yourself wearing something completely different that you'd never try if you had to buy it yourself.
Buy clothes at the right time
You can save yourself and your family a lot of money by buying clothes in a sale. Sales are normally held every January and at the end of the summer and there are lots of bargains to be have. If you feel like you're just rummaging through junk, be patient and make sure you go through the rails thoroughly. There will undoubtedly be a gem or too that someone else will have missed. TK Maxx is perfect for buying just out of season clothes that are still on trend.
Don't wash your clothes as often
Don't worry I don't mean going without washing your clothes for two weeks or anything ridiculous. Sturdy items like jeans and jumpers can be worn a few times before they need to be washed. You'll get a few days wear out of them and you'll save money on washing/electricity too.
Take care of your clothes properly
If you don't take care of your clothes this can make their shelf life a lot shorter. If you reach for your jumper this winter and find it full or holes or realise your favourite handwash top has been shrunk in the washing machine it can be really frustrating. Jumpers can be protected by being stored in vacuum storage bags when they're put away for the warmer months which will avoid them being eaten by moths. Simply washing your handwash garments by hand will avoid any chances of your clothing shrinking or losing their shape. You'll find over time with a little love and attention your clothes will be around for years to come.
Give new life to your jeans
If you're bored of your jeans there's so much you can do to give them a new zest of life. Why not change the dye, cut the legs off and change them into a pair of shorts or even cut parts off and use them to add pattern to a top.
Do you really need it?
When you're out shopping it can be really easy to make a impulse buy. I should know I've done it many times in the past. The only problem is once you get it home you realise it doesn't really go with anything else in your wardrobe or you don't like it that much after all. You promise yourself you'll take it back but it's still sitting unworn in your wardrobe 6 months later. The best thing to do is think of what's in your wardrobe and work out if the item will go with at least three of these. Otherwise it's probably a buy you'll regret.
Be creative with your own wardrobe
You can add a bit of excitement to any wardrobe by mixing up your look. Why not dig out a top you've not worn for months or wear that new necklace with a old top. If you put your mind to it you can give your wardrobe a whole new lease of life.
Go to a tailor
If you find the perfect item of clothing the sale but it's too wide, or too long you can still buy it. Take the item to a tailor and they should be able to adjust it for you so it should fit you correctly. You will still save money and you'll have a fabulous new outfit that you love.