Keeping up with trends can be a disaster on your wallet. By the time you have built up a worthy wardrobe, the trend has passed and a new one is arising. There are a few ways to keep up, and keep your wardrobe fresh no matter what you put in there. Follow a few simple guidelines, and you can save hundreds of dollars each year and still look fresh and amazing to everyone.
“First In…Last Out”
Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner released a new book called “You Are What You Wear” and insights that most people wear twenty percent of their wardrobe eighty percent of the time. Think back on the past week and the clothes you have worn. Now think about the week before. Chances are you are wearing a majority of the same clothing week after week.
You are not only physically wearing down the fiber of your clothes, but you are not fully utilizing your closet. Go through and look at all of the clothes in your closet and dresser. Chances are you have a few hidden gems that you completely forgot about. Use some of the older shirts with new ones to create new combinations.
Fashion experts agree that after wearing an outfit, hang it in the back of your closet. Slowly pull from the front and bring out some old favorites. If you have a lot of clothes that you own but will not be wearing them anymore, consider donating them to a thrift store, or host your own yard sale. You can get rid of some of your old clothes, and you can get a few bucks for them instead of collecting dust in the back of your closet.
Check at Thrift Stores/Retail Stores
The cost of clothing can get a little extreme at times. Thrift stores can hold hidden treasures for some styles you may find a little extreme. There is a least one person everyone knows that can wear practically anything. You may have never thought to combine hot pink pants with an interesting top. Not only does it work, but he/she pulls it off beautifully. Get creative, you can put together intricate outfits without breaking the bank.
There are some stores that carry name brand products at a fraction of the cost. Consider shopping at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Sure, some of the products may have a little snag in the lining, or be last year’s styles, but they can be greatly reduced. In fact, less than five percent of the products within the TJ Maxx and Marshalls store lines have imperfections.
These stores truly care top of the line products at a fraction of the cost, in thanks to their marketing strategy, shop for jeans or pants that never seem to go out of style. You can get name brand products such as Levi’s among others for cheap. They carry many dresses and jewelry as well for those who are looking to accessorize without breaking the bank.
Consult with Friends/Get Creative with your existing wardrobe
As many teenage women can attest, some of their friends help create their fashionable outfits. They can help you find some new twists and creative ideas you would not have thought of. You can try on different outfits and have your very own fashion show. You will be surprised at some of the combinations that will arise. It is a great way to spend the afternoon with friends and expand your wardrobe.
Shopping with friends can also save you money. Ask for opinions before you rush home and rip the tags off. You may realize you have other feelings for the same piece you loved in the store. They can give you honest answers and help you piece together outfits. If you are about the same size and weight, consider swapping clothes.
Exchange a shirt here for a skirt or a dress for a few days. You can mix and match and the possibilities are endless. Be sure to take care of each other’s clothes and if you do have the misfortune of ruining an article of clothing (let’s face it, it happens), be kind and replace it.
Invest in Timeless Pieces…and Take Care of them
If you are going to spend a fortune on your clothing, this is the one area of your wardrobe that you should focus on. There are trendy outfits that will expire and be lost in the world of fashion, and there are other outfits that will hold their integrity through the years. A pair of jeans and a relaxing t-shirt has forever placed itself on the relaxation list. Everyone has their necessities, such as pea coats, white dresses, black dresses, dress pants, among others.
Once you have spent the money on said timeless articles of clothing, ones that you intend for years, the mission is to preserve them. They are considered timeless for a reason, and they will last as long as you take care of them. Follow the washing and drying instructions. Do not run them through the dryer if it is to air-dry. Try to avoid using bleach, and invest in a garment shaver. It will trim the loose ends off of your attire without creating snags and holes.
Try not to wear your new fashion staples every day. If it is a jacket, try to avoid washing it after every wear. Chances are it did not get that dirty after being worn for a few minutes to and from work.
Dressing fashionable no longer has to revolve around your budget. You can save your hard earned money and toss it aside for the adventures you will be having while wearing your newfound wardrobe. Be sure to look for the deals, explore the clothes you already have; but most importantly, get creative. You will be surprised at how many different options you already own and have merely forgotten. Create new styles; even start your own trends. Take the lead in the fashion world among your friends, and you can do it for cheap.
This article was written by Mitchell Lodowski of Manhattan Time Service. He is a master watchmaker with over 35 years of horological experience. Trained in Poland and Switzerland Mitchell’s skill level allows him to work on some of the most complex timepieces ever created, including double tourbillons and minute repeaters (including the famous calibre 89 Patek Philippe pocket watch). Follow him on Google+, Facebook and Youtube.