New Year – New Frugal Wardrobe
Another year is behind you. What will you change about yourself this year? Maybe you want a new wardrobe to reflect changes you have made already to improve your person or your lifestyle. Here are some ways to do that even if you are on a budget.
We’d all like to shop freely whenever we’d like, but few of us have that opportunity. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have anything new – especially if you have worked hard to earn it.
Maybe you have lost weight the year before and your wardrobe needs smaller sizes. It could also be that you haven’t bought a new outfit since 1980 and it’s about time there was an upgrade. What better time to do it than the present?
Are you ready to roll out a new line of clothing for yourself? Here we go.
* Use your skills – Can you sew? If you can, then you have a skill that can help you out considerably right now. Maybe you have some favorite pieces that just don’t fit anymore. You can take them in like a seamstress so that you can still wear them on your new body. Making your own clothing is also an option. Buy a few patterns and some fabric that you like and get threading that sewing machine.
* Shop at thrift stores – These places are treasure troves of eclectic clothing. You may discover a new style here. Many people donate gently used or unused clothing. Thrift doesn’t mean that the clothing is of poor quality. A little investigation can turn up silk blouses, linen pants, high-end costume jewelry and shoes to die for.
* Ask for gift cards – Before the New Year, there is Christmas. This year, ask family and friends to buy you gift cards to department stores. Use them to offset the cost of your new wardrobe. Still look for discounts so that you can get the most out of your gift cards.
* Decide what you want before you shop – Have you seen people who have only a few clothes but can turn them into about five or six different outfits? That is functionality. Eyeball new clothes with this in mind. Purchase a black skirt that is both professional for work and can be dressed up for an evening on the town. It will not only save money on the initial purchase but also on cleaning.
* Spend a little at a time – We are not going for cheap here. Choose fabrics that can wash and wear well so you can have them for a long time. Your new wardrobe is an investment in you.
Want to buy some new clothes? Get one piece at a time. Buy with functionality in mind. Use holidays and birthdays to cash in on extra money for new clothing.