Shopping on a budget is really tough. You want to look super cute, but with the little money you make from a part-time job, and from your allowance, you don't have the cash to buy the super cool threads you want. But that's okay you can still manage to have amazing wardrobe! Just follow these easy tips:
#1 Don't buy cheap clothes from cheap stores. I know it may seem like a bargain to buy clothes at places like DD's Fashion Outlet or $7 Bargains, but the clothes are normally of lower quality and you'll end up having to purchase another item to replace the one you bought at the bargain shop.
#2 Take Inventory. When I was younger my closet was always a mess! Purses all over the floor, shirts hanging over lamps, my room was a pigsty. If you clean up your room and put your clothes and accessories where they belong, you'll know just exactly what you have and what you need to buy; by picking up your clothes you lower the risk of buying something you already have.
#3 Don't Just Buy Super-Trendy Clothes. I know you want to follow all of the latest trends, like animal prints and neon colors, but if you only buying what's hot now, your clothe will go out of style fast, and you'll just have to keep buy new pieces to add to your wardrobe to stay in style. I suggest only buying 2-5 trendy pieces, and buying pieces in classic colors and cuts so you're always in style!
#4 Make Sure You Can Mix and Match. My being able to mix and match your clothes you can create more outfits, which means your won’t have to buy as many pieces. Anything you buy should be able to match with at least 3 things you already have in your closet.
#5 Neutral Colors are Your Friend. Basic pieces (like pants, skirts, shorts, and shirts) should be in neutral colors, like black, white, and grey. When you have a lot of basics in neutral colors like these it makes mixing and matching a whole lot easier!
#6 Choose Solids Over Patterns. Solid mix and match easier, and will NEVER go out of style, and by buying solids you can create the illusion that you have a lot more clothes than your really do since solids are harder to remember than patterns.
#7 Check Online Before Going to the Store. If you look up what you want to buy on the websites like eBay, not only can sometimes find an amazing deal, you can sometimes find coupons that you can use in-store, and you’ll be saving gas and time!
#8 Check Out Outlets and Consignment Shops. A lot of the time outlet shops and consigment shopd have the brands you want for super low prices! Consignment shops like Plato’s Closet, only stock gently used name-brand clothes like Abercrombie, Hollister, and Ed Hardy! By shopping at places like these no one will know that you didn’t pay full-price!