We all want to save money, right? Well, most of us do. And if we’re being honest, we probably waste most of our money on clothes. We all have our vices, but I’m willing to bet if you cut back on how much money you spent on clothes, you’d be saving quite a bit of cash. Of course, we could all be shopping at discount stores, but that’s not really a solution. First, we’d likely be supporting unethical labor practices through those purchases. Plus, when things are “cheap” we tend to buy more of them, filling our closets and spending just as much as if we’d bought one or two nice items.
After my 2016 epiphany, I started analyzing the biggest culprits in my wardrobe over-spending. Thinking about how and why I was spending so much on my closet, with little satisfaction to show for it, led me to revisiting and coming up with new ways to stop wasting money on clothes. There’s so many traps out there that we style-lovers fall into when it comes to clothes. This list is by no means exhaustive, but hopefully you find something here that helps you stop wasting money on clothes.
This is the most obvious tip ever, but try purchasing your clothes secondhand, if you’re not already. The biggest upside is getting clothes from brands you love at a fraction of the price. So, if you’re on the lookout for a nice chambray shirt, check out the consignment shops, where you might find that Madewell shirt that drapes just right – but is only $15. My biggest tip when it comes to purchasing items secondhand: go into the shop with a list. It’s so easy to go a little wild in a consignment or thrift store, so be sure to have a short list of items you’re looking for, and don’t get distracted by all the other pieces.
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