Although your salary may have flatlined, chances are that your closet is still craving some exceptional new garments to wear. What are the best ways to update your wardrobe when your wallet is a bit light? These tips will have you scoring great new items in no time.
Throw a Swap Party…and Invite Some Fashionable Friends
One of the easiest ways to score some great new clothes is to throw a swap party. Invite your most stylish friends, and encourage them to bring their own favorite fashionistas who wear your size. Not only will you purge your closet of the items you’ve been dying to get rid of, but you’ll replace them with trendy new garments. Just make sure that you create the rules of the swap—and stick to them. You don’t want one person to monopolize all of the great finds. Also, you’ll want to put together a pile for garments that no one wants so that you can bring them to Goodwill. Not only will you be trading up your wardrobe, but you’ll also be doing a good deed. The cost will be the price of whatever cocktails and appetizers you decide to serve at your swap party.
Speaking of Goodwill…
Did you know that Goodwill also has outlets in many areas? At Goodwill outlets, you’ll score an even better deal than you do at the regular stores. Many times, employees will weigh your purchases and then tell you how much you have to pay. Of course, you’ll have to do some digging, but you can usually find awesome, on-trend items at your local Goodwill store. Sometimes, locations will even put on weekly sales to get rid of certain items faster. When it comes to saving money on clothes, it’s hard to beat this method. Also, it’s easier to find items that are on-trend than you would think. Some of these season’s most on-trend items are Western attire, camouflage and eighties wear. All of these items are just a car ride away at your local Goodwill.
Local Consignment Shops
Look around to see if there’s a Crossroads or a Buffalo Exchange in your neck of the woods. With savvy buyers, these stores always carry on-trend items that will add some sparkle to your wardrobe. Furthermore, they’ll often allow you to trade in your old clothes and score some great new fashion finds. Befriending the buyers at these stores can go a long way. If you’re selling your clothes, always be sure to come in with a smile on your face.
ThredUp, Poshmark and The Real Real
Let’s say that you live out in the country and it’s not necessarily feasible to frequent some vintage shops. Luckily, there are some excellent options for you as well. With ThredUp, you can send in your former duds and either get a credit for them or even opt for a PayPal payout. It’s important to note that ThredUp will not make you rich, but it will give you a great discount on some items you may have had your eye on. Poshmark is an app that allows you to build an account. As a buyer and a seller, you can increase followers and also nab some fabulous finds. For those real clotheshorses, there’s The Real Real. This site offers access to some of the best designer clothing and accessories available on the market. Always wanted a pair of Louboutins? Looking for a Birkin bag? On The Real Real, the sky truly is the limit when it comes to designer clothes.
All of these sites allow you to set alerts so that you’ll know when your favorite purse or skirt goes on sale, saving you tons of time. Also, you will want to check out Etsy and eBay if you’re looking for something super specific. There’s no need why you can’t win the office Christmas sweater party by using affordable methods. These days, there are no barriers to looking beautiful on a budget.