Want to look your best but low on spare cash this month?
Here’s the solution.
When you’re a shopaholic, it can be difficult to stick to a budget. It’s easy to go above your limit, especially when we walk down the high street and are spoilt for choice with the selection of clothing stores around us. It’s just too tempting! Sometimes, when cash is a little tight, we just have to refrain from making a purchase, no matter how much we’d like to own that outfit. However, we still want to look and feel our best every day. Can we achieve the look we want without breaking the bank? Alterations Boutique, specialists in suit and dress alterations in the UK are here to shed a little light and explain how you can look great without splashing too much cash.
Take a look in your wardrobe.
If you’re one of those people who tends to buy, buy, buy and never wear, you’ll probably have a wardrobe similar to Narnia. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Chances are, you’ll have some hidden gems in there which you’ve forgotten about, labels still attached. I think we can all relate to some degree! Sifting through your wardrobe isn’t just a great task to figure out where all your money has gone over the last few years, but it’s also good to see what you’re lacking and which clothes you can put together in an outfit.
Colours, jeans, shoes, you name it – you’ll have more of one than the other. What can you pair together and, more importantly, what are the necessities you need to buy? Instead of buying more items when you simply can’t find what you’re looking for, make a note of what you have and what you don’t have to make those shopping trips considerably cheaper.
So, you’ve looked in your wardrobe and found those favourites dresses you loved to wear a few years ago. You go to try them on when you realise they no longer fit; they’re either too big or too small. Instead of throwing them out, consider giving them a little TLC. Perfectly fine clothes of good quality don’t deserve to reside in a bin bag; give them a second chance! You bought your clothes for a reason, so items that are too big or too small may be eligible for a little tailoring.
Visiting a tailor or seamstress is not just good for dress alterations or for amending that suit or wedding gown. They’re also great for getting those body measurements just right. Think about a recent shopping trip where you bought multiple sizes, unsure about which you’d need. When you know your measurements exactly, it can be much easier to pick out the right size, eliminating the possibility of forgetting to return an ill-fitting size!
You can’t beat a good accessory.
You know the ones. A striking necklace, that essential belt, that pair of black ballerina shoes. Those old friends that simply make an outfit that much better with minimal effort. Instead of forking out your cash for multiple accessories for a single outfit, choose wisely and consider a single piece or two that can work with any outfit. You’ll be surprised at the different possibilities.
As well as accessories, consider some staple pieces to keep in your wardrobe that can be used for multiple outfits, such as that black dress or those well-fitting jeans. With the right top or accessory, you can transform most outfits to match any occasion.
Set your limit.
Having a set limit for what you spend on your clothing splurges is not the most ideal situation but doing so and sticking to it can obviously save you money. Work out how much you can afford to spend in advance and keep this money separate. When it’s gone, refrain from using up other funds!
When buying online, it can be hard to keep track of your spending as you can’t actually see any physical money. Having a bit of self-control and asking yourself the question, “Do I really need this?” will hopefully make you think twice before pressing that checkout button.
Use cheaper stores.
Designer brands are all well and good for style, but their price tags are pretty hefty. Instead of visiting the more expensive stores to secure your next buy, try and opt for a cheaper store where possible and save a bit of cash. Surprisingly, you’ll be able to find items of clothing that look pretty similar to those in a higher end store, but for half of the price. Look closely! If you shop around wisely you can find voucher codes for many UK online stores from dealsdaddy (Women’s clothing, shoes & accessories). You can also use a VPN from ExpressVPN to hide your UK IP address; this would allow you to exploit the price differences that exist in many online stores between the UK and other countries!
Cash, not card!
People who are big spenders more than likely carry around a credit card for those impulse purchases. Make it a habit to withdraw some cash and leave that card at home. Also, take some sensible friends with you while you shop who can give you styling advice and who can also tell you when to stop!
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have found this post useful.
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This article was produced in collaboration with Alterations Boutique, dress and suit alterations specialists in the UK. For more information about their services or to get in touch, visit their website: https://www.alterationsboutique.co.uk.