I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about how much I spend on my wardrobe and in all honesty – i’m pretty cheap. I first started really getting into fashion my sophmore year of college, and just like most college students, there wasn’t a ton of money in my pockets – so I had to learn how to dress well on a budget. Here are some tips that have helped me build my wardrobe without spending a fortune.
- I usually go into a store or the mall with a plan, I know what kind of piece or outfit i’m looking for and put my blinders on to the rest.
- Typically I’ll need a piece to go with something I already have. Utilize Pinterest’s search functionality. Working in social media, I can honestly say that it’s a pretty good one. For instance, if you’ve got a pair of white skinny jeans and you have no idea what to wear with them, search “white jeans outfit” and you’ll get a whole photo album of cute ways to style the jeans.
- My personal rule for shirts is, nothing over $20. I have that price in my head, so it’s easy to say no to the expensive stuff.
- Walk right past the front displays. These are always the most expensive stuff and quite honestly not always the cutest.
- Look for sales and clearance racks. When I first walk into a store, that’s the first thing I look for. There’s nothing more thrilling to me then finding something I really like at 50% off, I barely buy anything at full price.
- Take advantage of coupons, coupons apps like RetailMeNot and store incentives. I also generally take a look at store credit cards, yes I said it – credit cards. No, this doesn’t mean that you’re looking to get into debt. I only use store credit cards when I know i’ve got the money in my account and can pay it off immediately. This not only boosts your credit, but most stores give you percentages or money off on purchases for using their cards.
- T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack. Enough said with these stores. They are my go-to. If you’re looking to save money, these are the places to shop. Shop hundreds of name brands for 20-75% off and go home with twice as much as you could buy at the mall.
- Save your expensive purchases for your main pieces, things that you’ll wear a lot. I tend to spend the most money on a jacket, a nice pair of shoes or a handbag. These are things that I know I can wear with many different outfits, so I’m willing to spend more for quality.
I hope these tips help you on your next trip to the store. Remember, you don’t have to be a millionaire to dress like one <3
xoxo Heather Rose