The weather is turning warmer and it’s finally time to put our coats away and try new spring fashion. One thing I have always struggled with is finding ways to add trends to my wardrobe without breaking the bank. It can be tempting to buy every item you see, and I know I sometimes feel guilty for buying up products at too high a price. Working in the fashion industry for the past few years has helped me craft ways to save while still being fashionable and enjoying the seasons. Follow my guide to help you buy your spring wardrobe and keep money in your pocket.
Thrift stores are my first go to for spring fashion. Many items you’ll need for spring are just basics, like tank tops and capri pants. I prefer to stick to simple staple items that I know I can wear through spring and summer, so every purchase is a good value. Items like denim capris and shorts don’t radically change year to year, so a pair that isn’t brand new will still look stylish. Browse magazines and find what colors are in for spring and shop for those items. Look for items that are in good condition and shop sale days for an even better value.
Consignment shops are places that resell out of season and gently used name brand clothing. At the end of each season, I take items I don’t think I will want to wear again or have outgrown and drop them off at a consignment store for a quote. Make sure you take name brand, clean and gently worn items only. The stores will reject anything you don’t want and you’ll just have to lug it back home. The stores usually give you cash or sometimes store credit for what you sell them. Be aware that you’re not going to get the same amount of money back you put into the item. For example, when I sell back a pair of denim I paid $40 for, I can sometimes expect around $10. But its still good to have a little extra money and free up closet space.
Another technique I like to use is shopping bargain brands, especially big box stores or stores like Rue21. These stores typically sell clothes that are still trendy but may be a little lower quality or less unique. When I grab a denim shirt or military shorts from a big box store, they won’t have many bells and whistles, but they will help me feel trendy and in season and they are very inexpensive. I can use money I save on cheaper items to buy one or two designer items, like jackets or shoes.
Shop Sales and Clearance
Shopping when there are sales is a good strategy no mater where you choose to shop. Even high end stores have days where there are items marked down. Subscribe to mailing lists from the companies you shop with most and you’ll be well aware of when the sales start. Many of these stores will also have online sales that are sometimes better than in store sales and there are unique items offered.
Usually a month or two into the season stores will clearance the first batch of trendy clothes they sell. This makes room for fresh designs and help them keep their products rotated so customers will keep coming in for more. I always check the clearance rack whenever I visit a store to see if there’s anything eye catching before I move on to more expensive pieces. I’ve walked out of stores with an entire outfit made only from clearance items that were still trendy and fresh.
Shopping trends and seasons can be difficult on your budget, but following this guide can help you stay on track. Pick up a magazine or browse blogs online to find inspiration before you shop. See what suits your body and your style, and don’t feel pressured to try anything that you aren’t into. Fashion is all about enjoying color, the season and about being yourself.