Fashion on a budget.
I used to think I was frugal and resourceful with my wardrobe, until I went through my closet earlier this week! I have a closet full of clothes that I never wear, and nothing really goes together. I fall victim to discount stores; I go with nothing in mind to buy and come back with a bag full of "bargains" that add up in price in the end. I came up with a few ideas to make shopping and dressing myself (haha) easier. My goal in writing this is to renovate my wardrobe to be practical and cost-effective. Step One: Pick a "palette" for the new wardrobe (mine will be grays, blacks, burgundy, olive, pinks). This way everything can be mixed and matched. For example, I can't afford a lot of shoes or purses so I am going to have a few pairs of black shoes and a black purse that goes with anything. Step Two: Make a "need list" (not a want list) of items you should have in your wardrobe. When you go out shopping only buy things from the need list. I made mine in three categories; casual, date and business. Most of the items on the list can be easily mixed and matched. Step Three: Go through the closet and keep everything that applies to your need list and new palette. Everything else can be sold on ebay or taken to a consignment shop for money to buy new pieces. Having a defined wardrobe will limit your spending on random things, and help to keep a habit of only buying needed items. Extra tips: 1. When buying new clothes, most of it should be basic or classic pieces and only a small amount should be trendy. The trendy portion of your closet should be the least expensive part, as well. Buying too many trendy things will have you back at the store in another month when it goes out of style. 2. Set a strict amount to be spent on certain items and stick with it. I know a lot of this is common sense, but some of us need to be hit over the head to realize simple ideas! P.S. I am in love with http://www.restaurant.com/ - It's a great way for me and my boyfriend to go out on a budget. You can buy $25 gift certificates for $10. Just make sure you buy the ones for places labeled as "inexpensive".