4 Ways to Save Money on Your Wardrobe

Clothing can cost a lot. However, your wardrobe doesn’t have to destroy your budget. In fact, you can save money on your wardrobe if you plan a little bit. You can look fabulous without breaking the bank. Here are 4 ways to save money on your wardrobe:

1. Time Your Shopping

The first thing to do is time your shopping. You can save quite a bit when you shop off season. Look for sales, and shop when things that you normally buy are discounted. I regularly shop at Kohl’s, and I find that I can save when I can combine regular sales with bonus savings and Kohl’s cash. A well-timed shopping trip can provide you with wardrobe refreshers that are low in price.

2. Choose Classic Items

Rather than buying trendy items that will be out of style before you know it, consider choosing classic items. If the bulk of your wardrobe is composed of classic items that are timeless, you will save more money in the long run. You can buy a couple of trendy items to add a little more flair to your wardrobe, but focusing on the classic items will mean that you have a wardrobe that stands the test of time. You won’t need to make new purchases as often as a result.

Plus, classic items often mix and match better, especially if you get solid colors. You can dress up your wardrobe with low-cost accessories.

3. Buy Items that are Easy to Care For

One of the interesting realities of clothing shopping is that many of the most expensive items are also hard — and costly — to care for. If you want to save money on your wardrobe over time, consider looking for items that are easy to care for. Look for items that you can wash at home, rather than dry clean only items.

Also, look for items that you can care for together. Getting an item that has special washing instructions that mean separating from other items in your wardrobe can mean more loads of laundry and increased utility costs. Look for items that are compatible in terms of cleaning, and you’ll be able to save more money on the care of your clothes.

4. Care for Your Items Appropriately

Everything lasts longer if you care for it properly. This includes your wardrobe. Follow the care instructions on your clothes, and they will last longer, and reduce your need to buy more items. You can also pay attention to quality. Low-quality clothing might be cheaper, but even appropriate wear and tear, and care, can ruin these clothes quickly. Higher-quality clothing, on the other hand, will last longer when you care for it. It might mean a slightly higher cost up front, but you’ll reap the savings later.

You can also improve the life of your clothes by line drying instead of using the dryer, and by being realistic about how often you wash your clothes. Also, designate clothing that you wear when doing dirty jobs. That way, you can spare most of your wardrobe from excessive wear and tear.

What are your best tips for maximizing your wardrobe?

About the Author

Miranda writes about financial topics for several web sites. Her blog is Planting Money Seeds, and her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger, is available on Amazon.