Girls are as excited about wearing designer clothes as we are unexcited about paying designer prices for them. So, it’s pretty frustrating that trendy outfits, especially designer ones, are so expensive. In fact, most of us outright refuse to pay designer prices.
We want to wear all the latest styles while also holding on to our savings. You’d be happy to know there are many ways to achieve this. In this article, we offer the best tips to grab trendy wear at a bargain. Ready to start saving and look like a million bucks? Read on!
Shop for Classic Cuts and Styles
Some trends last, but most do not. What is more, clothes with a short shelf life have the additional disadvantage of costing extra. Suddenly, we realize that the zebra-print tweed coat wasn’t as fabulous as all that. It’s best to stick to classic styles like fit and flare dresses and A-line skirts that are universally flattering. Opt for neutral tones, classics like navy and white, and metallic shades. Choose fabrics that are easy on the skin like cotton and soft, flowing ones that are flattering to almost every body type.
Make Your Own Clothes
It may seem impossible to you now, but for some, it can be as simple as doing your own makeup. Don’t expect to be good at it immediately. Have patience – it will pay off in the long run in terms of cost savings. There are tutorials you can view, courses you can take, or simply people you can ask how to do it. Maybe your mom or a close friend can give you some tips.
Once you learn a bit about sewing, you’ll be able to design your own clothes depending on trends you like and want to wear. Before you know it, you’ll be the envy of everyone.
Warning! Impulse Buy Hazard Ahead! Before you hit the mall or your favorite online retailer, make a list of what you need. What do you need and what do you want to buy? Learn the difference between the two.
Shop Online Discount Stores
Online discount stores like T. J. Maxx and Ross sell overstocked items or pieces with slight defects for low prices. Retailers like TheDressWarehouse are the go-to option if you have a formal event coming up, such as a wedding, a party, a quinceanera, or the prom. This is the perfect place to find a designer dress on sale. Some of the most beautiful designer pieces are overstocked and hence available at a discount. The retailer has special deals with some designers to sell their dresses on clearance.
Online retailers offer very impressive discounts and a bigger selection of discounted ensembles than most stores with physical locations. Bargain shopping online is the electronic equivalent of browsing your local discount store’s racks. What’s even better is that you do it from the comfort of your own home. The retailers purchase out of season merchandise from designer brands and pass their savings on to you.
Get a Friend to Help You
Ever heard of the saying “Friends don’t let friends wear bad outfits”? It’s pretty true: Friends can help bargain fashionistas in more ways than one. They can help you shop, and they can tell you the truth about how you look in that trendy skirt, good or bad. (You’ll know if you should listen to their opinions depending on how they deliver the comments. Are they gentle with their words, sharing negative comments alongside helpful ones, such as “That skirt doesn’t show off your curves very well. I think this skirt looks much better”? If their comments sound something like that, then they’re probably not just trying to hurt you, but genuinely care about how you present yourself.) Additionally, you might have a friend who’s handy with a sewing machine and can create a few cuts or a whole outfit in a jiffy.
Think About the Cost Per Wear
How many times will you wear that satin ball gown? If you absolutely must have it or any other luxurious piece, look at different styles online and compare prices.
Did you know you could make money if your closet’s overflowing? A consignment shop will sell your unused clothes and give you a cut. Higher-end apparel like slightly used semiformal and formal dresses are particularly in demand.
Dare to Haggle
If you see a clothing item you like, but it’s kind of expensive, don’t be afraid to ask for a reduction. Imagine paying full price for something and seeing it marked down a week later. Some retailers will offer the full price difference if the reduction was effective within a week of your purchase.
Shop Out of Season
You can grab really cool stuff at a discount during off-season as designers and retailers try to get rid of old collections to make room for new ones. Buy boots in summer and swimsuits in winter. You’ll get great deals.
Take Care of Your Clothes
Once you’ve decided to buy something, read the label. Be cautious of dry clean only; purchase these items only when necessary so cost per wear stays low. To make sure your beloved, machine-washable garments last as long as possible, wash them in cool water and line dry. If an item presents the risk of shrinking, always wash it by hand.
Keep in mind that most retailers change their specials and reduce prices on Tuesday evening before closing. This is the best time to buy a marked-down outfit. Get a head start and choose from a bigger selection than other buyers who will come on Wednesday, when the official sale starts.
As you can see, you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy your favorite designer clothes and accessories at all. The 21st century is all about shopping smart. Good luck!
Author Bio: Jonah Levine is the Creative Director of TheDressWarehouse.com. TheDressWarehouse.com was launched in 2018 as the go-to online source for amazing prom dresses on sale. With 10 years of experience in the industry, Jonah works daily to scour the evening wear markets to find the hottest styles and to negotiate the best prices for special designer dresses on the internet.