Welcome back loves!
Today I’ll be giving some advice on how to rebuild/start building your wardrobe especially on a strict budget.
Do your research ahead of time.
This is the part of fashion most people don’t do; however, it is vital because it reduces the chances of wasting any money. Research allows you to know the style you want/like, what fabric are best for different clothing types, what’s in style, etc. You can get the opinions of fashion experts, those who shop for a living or for fun.
Research includes reading fashion blogs like mine, watching fashion YouTubers, watching runway showings, scouring Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, etc.
If you don’t LOVE it, don’t buy it/keep it!
90% of your purchases should leave you feeling like you just met the love of your life, or something close to that feeling for those of you who don’t get as excited over fashion. Yes, this rule applies to basics (t-shirts, tank-tops, jeans, etc.) because the basics I love today are ones I knew I wouldn’t be happy without adding to my wardrobe.
Spend the extra $$$.
This is difficult for someone on a budget to follow because from a young age, we believe more is better when it comes to fashion. MYTH! I know many people with closets 2x, even 3x the size of mine and yet don’t wear half of it.
When you spend the extra buck per clothing item, you are paying for quality. You can ensure you won’t be replacing a worn out version of that item within a year which allows you to add more NEW stuff to your closet each season. You wear everything in your closet which means no dollar goes to waste. This rule is especially important when purchasing shoes, accessories, & lingerie because these are meant to stay in your closet year after year after year.
Below are links to some stores that sell affordable, good quality items:
- H&M (especially for their basics)
- Forever 21 (this one is a little tricky when it comes to quality)
Sales & outlets are your best friends!
Don’t be afraid of sales or visiting your local outlet!
That being said, a majority of items in sales and outlets, particularly for higher-end pieces, are past-season items. I wouldn’t recommend buying all your trend pieces on sale because you could be purchasing something that is out of style; however, if you do your research prior, you could find out what trends are not going anywhere. Sales & outlets are definitely places to find decent staple items/basics; these never go out of style.
Return, Return, Return!
Don’t purchase anything from place that have a “no returns” policy when starting out & if you don’t wear a new purchase within 2 weeks, return it! The ONLY exception to this is something you bought for a special occasion (wedding, church, a date, etc.) or a bathing suit you happened to fall in love with in the fall/winter season, on sale.
This is all for now, but if you want to know more tips, leave a comment for me or reach out to me via email or social media! I would love to be of help! Don’t forget to subscribe! Enjoy the rest of your week! 💙