You don’t need to be rich to be fashionable and have your own distinctive style.
Once you master the art of bargain shopping, your closet will always be full of clothes that will allow you to express yourself every day.
There are plenty of ways to appear as stylish without regularly spending a small fortune. So how can you start?
Read on so you can learn how to be stylish without spending too much.
1. Don’t pay the full prices
Shop around for sales. You can subscribe to mailing lists to stay up to date. Most brands allow you to leave your email via their website.
Normally, you will get a discount for your first purchase with a newsletter.
Then, you will receive discounts and deals from time to time.
You won’t always get the best deal, but that’s why it’s important to scroll through the coupons regularly.
You can find coupons from trusted, renowned brands, for example, H&M – the brand you can trust – and you can find a lot more brands.
2. Trade clothes
This will allow you to not only gain some new, fashionable clothes but also to follow another trend – zero waste.
It’s more than likely that you have tons of clothes that you don’t wear anymore. Or maybe even those that you have never really worn.
Try arranging a trade-off from time to time. Gather your friends and their friends and let them all bring clothes they don’t use.
You can even go a step further and plan a makeover party or a fashion show to engage everyone and have lots of fun at the same time.
Also, check your local pages to see if there are some bigger trade events organized in your area.
3. Clean out your wardrobe regularly
We all make spur-of-the-moment decisions and end up with clothes that we don’t wear. We get bored and our taste in fashion continuously changes.
By going through your clothes regularly, you will be able to keep track of what you have. Then you can see what you need and what you can get rid of.
Then, you can sell these clothes for profit or trade them for something that you really like.
Even better, trade for something you need. Better yet, you can choose to give them to charity or for recycling.
4. Buy second-hand clothes
Pre-loved clothes are not only cheaper, but they are much rarer or even unique. You don’t have to be a vintage-lover to fall in love with second-hand clothes.
A lot of them are relatively new, sometimes even completely new.
Discover charity shops and second-hand stores in your area. Make sure to regularly visit websites where people can sell their own unwanted clothes.
The huge advantage is that it’s also an environmentally-friendly way to get new things.
5. Wait for sales
Know when the season ends and all stores change their main collections. That’s usually when the previous clothes go on sale.
Final clearances are the best occasions to buy new clothes as discounts go as high as 50-70%.
Most clothes in fast-fashion stores will finally be on a big sale, you can be sure of that.
6. Invest in accessories
You can completely change how your outfits look with the little help of a new scarf, necklace, shoes or a hat your grandmother gave you.
Try various accessories before you decide that you don’t like an item in your wardrobe.
7. Don’t look at labels
It doesn’t matter that your skirt is Gucci if it doesn’t look good on you. If your black t-shirt is Prada or you bought it for a dollar.
Of course, you should care about the quality and the origin of your clothes. You just don’t have to pay a lot of money if you don’t need to.
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Listen to yourself
Always remember that you dress for yourself. It’s you who has to like your outfit and feel good in it.
Don’t follow trends blindly and don’t buy things only because someone says you should. Have your own mind and trust your taste.
Do you have any tips on how to be stylish without spending too much?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.