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March 19, 2017

I Was Going Broke Paying For Clothes Until I Started Following These 5 Rules

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Below you will find five great tips on how to afford the most stylish clothing and look drop dead gorgeous and professional without spending tons of cash! The best part is that these tips works whether the clothing you are looking to buy is for special events or for pumping iron at the gym – you can and will always find a way out to get it cheaper! Wanna bet?

1. Shop after the season

One of the easiest ways on how to get your desired attires is to wait a little bit and shop only after the season is over. For instance, shop for summer clothing at fall or winter clothing at spring. Surely, this tip has a few cons like selections of clothing might be smaller than you wish or the clothing won’t be super trendy, but in general, shopping this way will feel good thanks to the low prices for sure.

Usually, many clothing retailers tend to host massive clearance sales, before they get another stock of coming season’s clothing. That makes prices of garments much affordable! So be patient, wait a little bit and you will get all the clothing you wish for much cheaper a month or two after a season – even that Victoria’s Secret bikini will be incredibly inexpensive in February!

2. Stay away from big brands

Although wearing designer made clothing is considered to be always stylish, you are probably going to overpay for it just because of the famous name on a label. If you want to act smart with your finances, then you should consider staying away from big name brands.

Shop for either not too famous ones, or buy only those items that can be mixed and matched with others and can stand the test of time. That means that even if you bought that popular name clothing item, you can wear it for many upcoming seasons and still look great in it – the trick is to find classic pieces rather than super trendy ones, which will be out of style the next season. Also, it is always smart to stick with neutral colors which help you mix and match pieces easier and also create that sophisticated look you might be searching for.

3. Use best bargain deals and coupons

If you can’t stay away from famous brand name stores and all the clothing they offer, then at least look for special deals and discount coupons you can abuse as much as you want. These will give you discounts instantly and will let you enjoy brand new, fresh and super trendy clothing at a much smaller price.

Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus or even Nike coupons are worth keeping in mind as well the next time you are looking for some new clothing. The best part is that these work both online and offline, therefore you can save money literally everywhere!

4. Shop second-hand

Looking for cheap and unique clothing? Then second-hand stores are definitely a place for you to visit. These stores are not only great because of super cheap items you can find there and some unique pieces there too.

Second-hand stores can help you decide whether you really need to buy that item. How? Well if you discovered that one dress, which is gorgeous, but it doesn’t fit you well and you can’t fix it, then you won’t buy it and will save money! Just like that!

On the other hand, at these second-hand stores, you can find some designer made clothing at a pretty good quality too. There you can definitely save tons of money, just because of that one little reason – someone wore it before you. But if that is not a problem – you can wear it and still be on a budget.

5. Make a friend in fashion

Finally, the last tip is to find a friend who works in fashion. Either in a store or with some designers personally. These people usually know when a big sale is coming up, and all prices of clothing are going down. By befriending him or her, you can be one of the first people to know about it. So, just find your Rachel working at Ralph Lauren and go on!

Also, if you find a dream skirt or pants, and can’t buy instantly, you can ask your new friend to hold it for you. Personally, I can’t find any reason why not you should make a friend in this business. Firstly, because you will have a new friend with common hobbies and interests, and secondly, you will be one of the first to know all about coming sales. After all, making friends is always a good piece of advice, no matter the reason. TC mark