With all the lost jobs due to the recession many people are busy looking for ways to cut costs. Some people may think that buying cheaper clothes is a good idea. But it's not! It can end up costing you more than if you bought well made clothes to begin with. Let us begin by defining "cheaper" clothes, I do not mean clothes that merely cost less. Of course it is only smart to pay less for an item rather than more, given that the same item is being purchased. By "cheaper" I am strictly discussing ill made clothes, poorly made clothes and inexpensively made clothes.

Clothes made with recycled fibers are weaker at stress points and will fall apart sooner than better made clothes. Of course a fragile fabric like antique silk will wear out fast as well, and may even cost a bundle of money, I'm not suggesting you buy that stuff either. If you like the look of vintage clothing, find an old pattern and hire a tailor to make you some reproductions. They'll cost less, fit better and last longer than a real vintage gown. Another hallmark of cheap clothing is the single seam. Better made clothes have two seams. Really well made clothes can be "taken out," I mean re-tailored to fit you if you gain a few pounds. Having clothes altered is a lot cheaper than buying a new wardrobe. Having something "taken in" is generally easier than letting it out, once again, well made clothes are designed to do either task, cheaper clothes need to be replaced.

Cheaper clothes, or poorly made clothes are rarely lined. This means the clothes often either don't look as flattering on your body, don't "hang" well, or require additional undergarments. Finding the right undergarments to wear under a sheer out fit can cost as much as a second dress. So buy well made, well structured clothes to save more money in the long run. Speaking of structural issues, the main "cost" to cheap clothing is that it LOOKS cheap. Clothes from Ann Taylor "Loft" for example, are no where near as well fitting as real designer Ann Taylor clothes. The jeans are looser, the dresses more matronly, everything has that "off the rack look," which frankly you could get at Wal-mart for even less if that's what you're going for.

In this economy everyone is fighting for the same jobs. You have one chance to make a first impression, it better be a good one. Wearing well made, well fitting clothes enhances your overall look, wearing cheap, loose, ill fitting clothes detracts from your image. Why work overtime to wow them with your native intelligence while the interviewers are still stuck on your outfit? Besides that, you feel better when you look better, increase your confidence by taking the time to wear the most flattering styles.

Learn your body type and buy clothes accordingly. It is possible to look sexy without looking skanky. It is possible to be classy looking without looking frumpy. If you have a small top and larger thighs, disguise the imbalance by wearing empire waist dresses. Stay away from mom jeans, and anything that bisects your body at the widest point. Horizontal stripes don't look good on very many people. If you are large chested with a smaller bottom hooray for you, most American designers design for you. V-necked dresses make the most of your cleavage. Nip waisted dresses show off the hour glass figure. If you have a boyish slender body, pencil skirts, skinny jeans, all manner of sweater dresses and rectangular shaped linen column dresses will enhance your looks. If you are just plain big, I mean heavy, the way to look good is to wear clothes that fit. I mean it. If you try to squeeze into something too small because you are too depressed to look for new clothes, it shows. It looks too small, too tight, not comfortable, not attractive. If you wear something too big, thinking that will make you look smaller, it doesn't. Clothes that are too big make a person look hobo, like a tent walking around. If you can't find satisfaction at the mall, buy some fabric and get a tailor. Handmade clothes won't cost you any more than what they gouge ladies at big and tall shops. A good tailor should be able to help you find designs that are suited for large people, NOT small designs that kept getting enlarged.

There are some other inexpensive ways to get better clothes. Way number one of course is to learn to sew for yourself. If you know the basics of dress making you can put darts into jackets, shirts and dresses to make them more personally fitting. Clothes made to fit you will always look more smart than clothes made for one size fits all. Not everyone wants to learn to sew though, and the cost of fabric and machines and notions makes it sort of an expensive hobby.

The next cheapest way to get well made clothes is to find a consignment shop. This can be hit or miss. Because they aren't billing themselves as a "thrift" shop, they often perceive their wares to have more value than market value. For example, if a designer dress sold for $150 in 1965, that doesn't "make" it worth $75 now. It might be worth zero if there are stains under the armpits or strong scents of cheap perfume in the fabric, or tears in the gauze. If you can find designer clothes that are only a year or two old on Ebay or at a real thrift shop you'll get more bang for your buck. Test out thrift shops in better neighborhoods for better clothes.

Another way to get better clothes cheaply is to have a "swap" party with your friends. Have everyone bring what they aren't wearing anyway and let everyone trade for free. Another way is to shop on-line and register at the site you like. Even the more expensive sites have sales sometimes. Many special sales are offered to online customers only.