When was the last time you bought yourself new clothes? Be honest. It’s probably been a while with the economy being what it is. And forget about keeping up with trends. How can you possibly afford designer looks on a generic budget? The fashion magazines make it seem so easy until you get into the store and see the price tags. The good news is you can get the look without having to buy your clothes off the back of a truck. Here are three ways to add to your wardrobe while saving money.
Use Coupon Codes
You’ve probably seen all the buzz lately about coupons and how people are saving hundreds, even thousands of dollars on groceries. Coupon codes are similar, but you don’t have to spend hours and hours cutting them out, and they’re often targeted to specific retailers. You can get a dollar amount or percentage off what you buy, or sometimes even get free shipping.
The key is to find coupon codes for the stores that carry the high-end brands you may not be able to afford otherwise. For example, if you can find a Macys promo code or a Nordstrom promo code you add designer names to your wardrobe without the designer prices. Want to save even more? Shop when there’s a sale, or use that coupon code at Nordstrom Rack, the retailer’s own lower-priced outlet. You’ll be rivaling the models in those fashion magazines in no time.
Shop Designers’ Mid-Level Lines
Several years ago, designers finally realized that by catering to the affluent they were leaving out a large portion of the population that couldn’t afford their clothing. Not only that, they were leaving a lot of money on the table that way. They began collaborating with department stores and even big box stores to offer clothing at reasonable prices, and as time went on, more designers got in on the action.
Target was one of the first to do this with designer Isaac Mizrahi, and recently shoppers crashed Target’s website when the new Missoni line was released. And you may have heard that Vera Wang now has an affordable line of wedding dresses available through David’s Bridal. But did you know she also has a line of casual wear available at Kohls? So does Dana Buchman, and although she’s not actually a fashion designer, Jennifer Lopez just came out with a line too. Kohls is known for their sales, and if you throw in a couple of Kohls promo codes you can put together a really nice wardrobe and not max out your credit card to do it.
Check Out the Consignment Shops
The thought of wearing clothes from a consignment shop may be unpalatable for some people, but if you’ve never been to one you may be in for a surprise. It’s actually very common to find clothing at consignment stores with the tags still on. You’ve probably done it yourself; you buy something on impulse thinking you’ll find something else to go with it later. And then it sits in your closet for months, maybe years, until you finally admit you’re never going to wear it. You either give it away or take it to a consignment shop to make a little of your money back.
There’s a secret to successful consignment store shopping though, especially if you’re looking for designer duds. It’s all in which store you go to and what neighborhood it’s near. Think about it. The closer a consignment store is to a high-end neighborhood the more likely it is you’re going to find high-end items. The same goes for thrift stores, where it’s also fairly common to find new, never-worn items and at lower prices than consignment shops. If you can get past someone else having owned your designer clothing before, you can put together a fantastic wardrobe at a fraction of the retail cost.
The best part about these money-saving, wardrobe-building methods is they work year-round. Whether you’re bulking up your winter wardrobe or putting together vacation ensembles, you can look great and save money and no one has to know you didn’t pay full price. That is, unless you want to brag about it.
About the Author:
Maria Davis is a freelance writer specializing in the topics of style and budget living. She likes vacationing, spending time with her family and saving money on fashion. You can e-mail her (mariaeadavis@ gmail.com) with any questions or to get in contact.