Can we just take a moment of silence for all of the money I’ve spent on clothes during my lifetime? I used to love nothing more than spending a couple hours at the mall, buying cute, trendy pieces that I’d only wear a couple of times. I would drop a $100 on jeans, boots
Tip #1: Purge your closet
It may sound counterintuitive, but having more clothes will NOT make it easier to get dressed in the morning. Take a cue from Marie Kondo and go through your wardrobe. Toss anything that 1) You don’t love and 2) You haven’t worn in the past year. Pay special attention to the printed items in your wardrobe as these
Tip #2: Scout out the basics
While I have yet to adopt a “capsule wardrobe,” I absolutely believe in always having a few key pieces. The top items I think every girl needs in her closet:
—3-4 plain white and black tops (i.e. camisoles, tanks, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts and bodysuits)
(Seriously both are extremely versatile and look good on EVERYONE.)
-At least 2-3 pairs of blue jeans
Find a style that flatters YOUR body, then stock up on a couple pairs of jeans in different washes and styles (ripped v.s. non-ripped)
-One pair of trousers (white, black, beige, etc.)
-A denim jacket
-A cargo jacket
-A leather jacket
-At least 2-3 cozy sweaters/cardigans
-At least one cute pair of sneakers, booties, flat and sandals
(Note: This is obviously a VERY short list, but it will help you see what items will be your daily go-to pieces.)
Tip #3: Invest in a few KEY pieces
You will never find me paying a lot of money for a plain white tee. (I’m sorry, but when you’re handling a toddler all day, there’s literally no hope in keeping that white top for more than a month anyway.) I do, however, believe in spending a little more on a bag, sunglasses
If you’re looking for a
Tip #4: Scout out deals, both in-store and online
You’d be surprised what you’d find at discounted stores such as TJ Maxx, Marshalls
-Feel the fabric—if it doesn’t feel good to the touch, chances are, it won’t look good either
-Check out the seams and the structure. Make sure everything is straight and aligned and all of the edges are properly hemmed
-Read the washing instructions—they should be easy to follow, otherwise, the item may get destroyed after one wash
-Avoid trendy prints —unless it’s one of the patterns listed in Tip #2, there’s a high probability that the print will only last one season, and when you’re on a budget, why waste your money?
Tip #5: Pick your color palette and stick to it
If you really want to get the most bang for your buck, take a few minutes to think about the colors that you like to wear and those that are most flattering, then only buy clothes in those shades. My faves? White, beige, olive green, mauve/pink, black, navy, yellow and gray. You’ll probably never find me in bright teal, dark purple or emerald green anything. I’d rather have a bunch of items in the same color than have a rainbow-colored wardrobe with single pieces that don’t go together.
Tip #6: Play with accessories
I feel like this tip is very cliche, but it’s true—even for someone like me, who considers herself a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. Create the foundation first using your basic pieces, then dress it up using a cute bag, sunglasses, a belt or earrings. One thing to keep in mind: This doesn’t mean your accessories need to be super “loud,” colorful or oversized; even something as simple as pretty stud earrings and a dainty diamond necklace will enhance a plain tee.
Ultimately, money DOESN’T make the outfit. If you shop smart, plan ahead and keep it simple, no one should be able to tell how much you did (or didn’t) spend!
What is your favorite money-saving fashion tip? Share in the comments below!