The joy and boost of confidence when wearing a new outfit can be transforming. According to a study from Social Psychological and Personality Science, the clothes you wear greatly influence the way you feel. New clothes are like armors you wear — suddenly you feel like you can conquer the world.
Seeing all those new clothes lined up waiting to be worn is even more exciting. Who doesn’t want to refresh their wardrobe once in a while? Are you worried that your budget won’t allow it? Here are some tips so you can truly say, “Out with the old, in with the new,” without breaking your bank!
Sell Clothes That No Longer Fit or Clothes You Simply Stopped Loving
Before buying new ones, make space by donating or selling your old clothes. By selling you can also earn extra money which you can use to refresh your wardrobe.
There are a couple of websites like eBay, Mercari, and Poshmark where you can sell them. See how to sell on Mercari to have an idea of where to start.
When posting, make sure to post good-quality pictures. If possible, show what it looks like worn. Give a short but detailed description. Include the brand name, measurement/size, and material information. Include unique details if there are any.
Be truthful about the condition, and price the clothes fairly. And finally, put the right hashtags relating to the item to help buyers that may be looking for that type of clothing to find it easily.
Find the right platform for you to sell your clothes. You can go to physical second-hand consignment stores, do a garage sale, or better yet — explore buy & sell websites. Look at reviews, like this Poshmark review, to see which website will work best for you.
You Can Buy Second-hand Too
You may not only sell but buy second-hand as well. The choice of clothes is limitless — from branded and vintage pieces to everyday quality clothing. You have less chance of running into someone wearing the same outfit as you. And because they are second-hand, they are half the price, but not necessarily of lower quality.
When going to a thrift store or second-hand shop, come prepared. Wear something comfy and get ready to comb through the racks to get good finds. But remember — when picking second-hand clothes to buy:
- Get what you really love! If you’re having second thoughts, put it back or you may end up just wanting to get rid of it as soon as you put it in your closet.
- Look at the condition closely.
- Make sure it’s something you need. You don’t need too many of the same type of clothes.
If you don’t find anything interesting in that shop then walk out! Find another shop or — why not — do the shopping online.
Wait for The Price of the Item You Absolutely Want to Drop
Don’t buy the dress you fancy as soon as they are put out on the rack. Give some time for their price to drop.
Prices typically go down about six to eight weeks after an item is displayed. If you can wait just six weeks, you’ll probably be able to get a better deal than if you make your purchase right away.
One drawback, however, is that over the course of the six-week period, certain really popular things can sell out.
Buy Classic and Quality Basic Pieces You Can Mix and Match
Buy quality fashion basics. These pieces don’t go out of style and are staple pieces you cannot do without. They can be mixed and matched with other pieces to create a lot of combinations.
You do not always need new pieces to have great style. Some of these basics are:
- Button Up White Polo
- White Shirt
- Quality Classic Jeans
- Tailored Coat
- Little black dress
- Classic white dress
Invest in Accessories
It’s always worth investing in quality, timeless statement pieces. They will not only pass the test of time but will complete and elevate your look. You can even pass them on to your children. You can invest in:
- a classic watch that only grows more beautiful through time
- a pair of stylish earrings
- a versatile scarf you can wear in a dozen ways
- a well-made pair of elegant shoes you’ll be wearing for a very long time
Repurpose Your Clothes When You Can
Old ones can be made new. Perhaps there’s a cute fitting dress you would still love to wear but its color has faded.
Then why not re-dye it? It’s not as difficult as you may think to re-dye clothes if you know the right materials and the right steps to take.
If you are willing and creative enough you can turn old clothes into new ones. You can turn an outdated long skirt with a fabric you love into a slip dress, a long shirt into a beach dress, or merge two pieces of clothing into one. A lot of resources are available online for inspiration.
Looking elegant does not always have to break the bank. The key is knowing your sense of style and what looks good on you. Remember that you don’t always need to follow current trends. Learn to invest in things that will never go old.
It does not matter where you find those pieces — it can be at a thrift/consignment store, on websites that sell second-hand, or during a sale in your favorite brand’s store. What matters is that you are shopping mindfully.