Let’s face it-we all need quality clothes. The question is how much should we be spending? Everyone around is trying to be a “bargainista” or “shopinista” and get THE best deal. I love a good bargain too, and what’s more-I love sharing tips. Here are a few I’ve picked up around the web:
1. Look for Online Deals
Scour the web for deals. A great way to do this is using comparison shopping engines such as Google Product Search. You can also sign up for email newsletters from retailers to receive their current sales and coupons. For example, when you sign up for the Rock Bottom T-Shirts newsletter; we’ll notify you of our upcoming sales, provide with our latest coupons and your privacy is assured.
2. Think in Color Palettes
Building a wardrobe around one or two color families can help you determine what to buy (and avoid). If your entire closet is black and gray, for example, don’t buy lots of navy- even if it’s a hot trend. Keep your current wardrobe in mind when you shop and don’t buy anything that won’t go well with at least two or three other items that you own. You can add color trends with shoes, handbags, scarves and accessories while you continue building upon the basics.
Stock up on these wardrobe staples
3. Shop Trends Carefully
What to buy depends on your budget and the season, but some trends seem destined to pass quickly (stirrup pants, anyone?) and should be avoided by the budget-conscious. Spend the bulk of your wardrobe budget on quality pieces that you can update with in-style accessories, and look for deals on the trendier looks.
Also, don’t forget to check out blogs that specialize in fashion trends and saving money. (These are just a couple; but you can find more on the web with simple searches)
4. Shop Vintage and Consignment
With so many trends from the past cropping up again, it’s worth hitting your local thrift store to shop for vintage boots or fringed bags. You can make money on clothes you don’t want while shopping for new looks at consignment stores, or even take part in a clothing swap with friends. It may take longer to find exactly what you are looking for at a used clothing store than at a traditional retailer, so be patient!
These are just a few tips that can be used to find all the clothes you want-at the right price. Make sure you apply these same tips to children’s clothes too! If you buy quality, you’ll get a longer shelf life out of your clothes and might be able to hand them down to another budget-conscious mom or even make some money selling to a consignment store. Check out our quality Kids Wear!