A Budget-Friendly Approach to Fashion


There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. To dress for success is something many people make a priority in life. But for those concerned about saving money, keeping up with the latest fashion trends is an expensive proposition.

Between inflation, supply shortages, and the rising cost of raw materials, the price of clothing, shoes, and accessories has skyrocketed in recent months. It all adds up to fashion-related purchases taking a backseat in favor of more pressing concerns.

With that said, it’s possible to chip away at the cost of fashion. By utilizing one or more cost-saving techniques, those concerned about the rising cost of clothes and shoes can save money while still looking their best.

The following are six ways to take a budget-friendly approach to fashion:

Choose quality over quantity

It’s not uncommon for budget-minded shoppers to opt for the cheapest options available. Unfortunately, these tend to be the poorest made garments for sale. A discount pair of denim might be half as much as the price of a designer pair but fall apart after only a year of wear and tear. Whether it’s t-shirt bras, dresses, coats, or shoes, consider investing in higher-end brands in order to save money over time. It doesn’t take a math whiz to realize buying one pair of $80 shoes once every few years is a better deal than buying $30 footwear every six months.

Choose classic over trendy

Chasing after the next fashion trend is an easy way to overspend on clothes and shoes. What happens when you need to do it again in six months? The cost of keeping up with fashion adds up fast. With this in mind, consider opting for classic fashion that never goes out of style. Denim jeans, black dresses, plain t-shirts, and leather jackets are just a handful of timelessly stylish clothing items. An outfit consisting of classic clothing items can be worn for years.

Become a thrift store pro

Anyone can enter a thrift store and buy a bunch of cheap clothes. But nobody should pay $5 for a musty old shirt they never wear. The cost-savings of buying clothes and shoes at thrift stores comes down to your ability to assess quality compared to price; a designer brand button-down shirt with no visible flaws is a steal at $5, but a graphic tee promoting a BBQ from 2014 isn’t worth the money (unless it happens to be the most comfortable thing you’ve ever tried on). The bottom line is that thrifting is an excellent way to save money on fashion so long as you have an eye for a great deal.

Repair when possible

The modern trend of “fast fashion” leaves little room for repair. It’s typically cheaper to buy a replacement. But when it comes to high-end items that have fallen on hard times, such as leather jackets, wool coats, and suede shoes, it might be worth it to opt for a repair. Tailors and cobblers are there to bring old clothes and shoes back to life. You can also try to repair damaged items yourself.

Follow the instructions

We all know about the tags attached to garments because they scratch our skin. But they also provide detailed instructions on how to properly care for that clothing item. By following the instructions, you extend the lifespan of your clothes. If it says wash in cold only, then do it! If it suggests you hang dry the item, don’t throw it in the dryer! You’ll be surprised at how new your old clothes will look if properly cared for per the instructions.

Buy off-season

Last but not least, always do your best to shop for used clothes and shoes out of season. Wait until spring to shop for winter clothing, and do the same when for summer attire. It’s one of the easiest ways to save significant money on clothes and shoes throughout the year.

The desire to look your best is a natural human trait. However, so is scrounging and saving. The two collide when it comes to keeping up with the latest fashion. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Julie Steinbeck is a freelance writer from Florida. She enjoys covering topics related to business, fashion, and travel.

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27 days ago

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