The fashion lifestyle can be pretty tough on the wallet, most of us can agree with that. We all use little tricks to ensure we don’t take things too far, like setting out a budget and promising we won’t go beyond, and we don’t always succeed to follow our own rules. So, being able to spot a great deal is a talent that makes your bank balance sigh in relief while still ensure you’re looking like the bee’s knees. So, how do you do it?
Invest in better basics
Sometimes, you need to spend a little more to spend a little less. It might sound counterintuitive, but we’re talking about the staples of your wardrobe here. Your white tees, your leather jackets, your pairs of jeans. There are many cheaper varieties on offer, but these are lower quality and since you’re wearing them more often than other pieces, they will wear down quicker. Invest in quality staples so you don’t have to buy them again quite as often.
Look deeper for sales
There are sales everywhere, all of the time if you’re willing to look. Don’t just fall for the Black Friday, post-Christmas, and other seasonal sales. You will have less competition and save more if you look for warehouse sales like at http://www.styledemocracy.com/events/category/warehouse-sale/. Besides getting great advice, following fashion bloggers and Youtubers will almost always yield some coupons or codes you can use to get a discount at stores, too, not to mention the opportunity to win free clothes every now and then. The internet is a vast resource ready to be mined so don’t just go in store to the clearance section.
Don’t fear the thrift store
Thankfully, thrift store clothes shopping has been losing a lot of the bad reputation it held to some in the past. People are realizing that the vast majority of clothes you find in any thrift or charity store is in good, if not perfect, condition. What’s more, if you’re smart about which stores you visit, you can get better clothes. If the store is just beside a chain of retail stores or in a fancier neighborhood, you are almost guaranteed to get some really high-quality picks. The thrift store is one of the best places to experiment in, too. Because it’s not as much of an investment, you can get the pieces you might otherwise think too risky to spend that much on.
Spot the discount
When you’re in a store, take a closer look at the item that’s caught your eye. In fact, take a closer look at every copy of it they have on display. As http://www.athriftymrs.com/2012/08/asking-for-a-discount-for-a-rip-or-stain.html states, you can find a discount on any single item you find that has some fault with it. While you might easily be able to remove a stain or stitch up a rip, clothes stores cannot sell them at full value. So, take advantage of that fact and look not just for the perfect look but the imperfect items that can help you craft it.
Resist the temptation to buy something when you first see it. Curb your impulses, delay your gratification and do a little deeper digging. You will almost always be able to find the same piece or something identical for less.