Fashionable clothing is expensive if you go to boutiques and buy items as soon as they come out. Impatient people with more disposable income than they know what to do with or little financial sense and no idea how to save money, will purchase garments at full price. They also dress like everyone else instead of building their own personal look and style. How do you save money but still develop a personal aesthetic instead of resembling a clone? Start by being the smart one who does not pay full price to build a unique wardrobe that is so “you.”
Shop in Second-hand Stores
No doubt about it — you will have to look through twenty shirts to find one that whispers “maybe” and another fifty to find the one that shouts “yes!” Put a whole day aside, turn this into a girls’ time out, and try on as many clothes as you want. Make sure you do not have to be anywhere in a hurry. Putting an outfit together could take several hours and a number of Thrift or Charity Shops, but it will be fun and good value at the same time. Save some cash and spend that on accessories and lunch with the girls. Shops like these yield little treasures and unique finds; one-of-a-kind fashion revelations for confident people unafraid of deciding for themselves what looks good this season for their personalities. Although many shoppers dislike wearing someone else’s shoes and undergarments, they usually feel alright with second-hand shirts, skirts, jeans, and dresses.
Shop at Factory Outlets
These are stores where brand new leftovers are dumped. They often possess a warehouse atmosphere rather than boutique chic, but you will love the savings. Boutique stores charge for special lighting, a better clerk-to-customer ratio, and attractive flooring. Less stuff is on display at a boutique store, but at the outlet shop, there are tons of choices, often disheveled after many hands have gone through it. Clerks simply can’t keep up with interest or the mess the way clerks in boutique shops can. They often have so little to do that every garment is re-folded as soon as a potential customer has moved a few feet in the other direction. Many outlets, on the other hand, are grouped in malls where all the shops feature factory overload and also “seconds” — items with small, often unnoticeable flaws like mismatched buttons, a thread hanging out, stitching that’s a bit uneven, or a tiny rip.
Try Online Shopping
The difficulty with internet clothes shopping is that the fit is frequently hard to gauge. Between stores, a single size will mean something different each time. A customer wears size four jeans one place, but they fall off of his body somewhere else and are too tight when they feature another brand label. The deciding factor is often where items are made or labeled. In China, people are smaller, so take a look at size-equivalent charts often featured close to the bottom of pages on eBay and other e-commerce listings. Your other deciding factor is “fit.” While a t-shirt fits fine when it’s designed for sporting wear, another will cut for a body-hugging finish or a jacket will be cinched at the waist. Jeans and other pants usually stop at the waist, around the belly-button, or below the belly-button (high, mid, or low-rise). Skinny jeans don’t fit every leg, and the length can cause some trouble as well. And don’t forget to look for savings too, before you go to brand specific websites, like savehuge.org.
Whether they list designer overstock or lightly used items in the haute couture line now sold at a discount, the internet is where fashion-conscious men and women should direct their attention. It is amazing how affordable big names will suddenly become like Yves St. Laurent and Ralph Lauren. If reducing the price of high-end designer garb to this extent does not satisfy your wallet, mid-range brands like Guess, Old Navy, and Justice also feature on overstock websites at prices most people can legitimately handle.
Apply Money-saving Tools
All of these are great ideas for saving money. If you can wait and make it until sales, especially big sales at the end of a season, then you could also wind up with a huge bargain. For people who can’t wait, it is worth looking for coupons online so as to share a coupon or at least cut out on shipping or take advantage of a discount. Coupons don’t just work with food and electronics but can also be handed over at the checkout of a real clothing store and also at web-based apparel shops where they take the form of coupon codes. Either way, you save money. Some stores also offer in-store coupons, especially during a big push like between Black Friday and New Year when they need to move stock to make room for Spring items.
Coupons can be located on special websites which designate all their time and space to clothing and apparel. Sites like this have apparel coupons. They are found on general purpose coupon sites and fashion blogs. Download apps which provide further access to savings like coupons, sale alerts, and loyalty rewards.
A number of stores also run programs similar to those provided by supermarkets. Spend enough money during a period of time, usually 12 months if there is an expiry date, and earn discounts for later. Between sales, loyalty points, and discount coupons, one can save significantly, but there is a likelihood not all deals can be combined. Read sale labels very carefully to make sure you’re not going to face a surprise at the checkout. Although it’s easy to clear your order if it’s online, in-person it feels a lot more awkward and embarrassing.
When all of your discounts are calculated online, be sure you’re really paying less and double-check the fees for shipping items out to you. They sometimes amount to quite a lot, especially for heavy items like shoes and jackets. Products such as shirts and earrings are light. Also, be aware of the security status of a website. Always ensure that SSL and anti-virus certification are provided to protect our credit card from fraud, prevent theft, and to ensure your credit rating isn’t affected by hacking and other criminal activity.
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