Keeping up with all of the fashion trends can be exhausting!  I love a good fashion magazine and I love looking at other peoples’ style and wardrobe pieces, but I have figured out a little secret to sticking to a budget with the wardrobe.  Don’t keep up with the latest and greatest of fashion!  Why not buy clothes that are classic and fit with your style.  Spending money on clothes you love make them every bit worth the money you spend.  You have to LOVE the pieces you buy and take care of them, but there are some clothes you should be spending more on.

When choosing your wardrobe, think about your style.  Do you enjoy wearing classic pieces, retro, glamor, casual, or simple.  What colors are you drawn to?  What are your favorite pieces of clothing to wear that you own right now.  I think too often we are persuaded to wear what is in style at the time and not what is true to our own fashion sense.  I don’t think you have to go cheap with all clothing.  I think that some pieces are meant to be a little more expensive because they will last longer.

So let’s get to the basics first.  Think about your closet and what is in it.  What pieces are you drawn to wearing?  Why do you love them?  When you are shopping for new clothing, always think about what you will be drawn to for the  long run, not what is in style now.  If you know that you love wearing gray T-shirts (like Kate over at thesmallthingsblog.com ),buy a couple different variations of the T-shirt and dress it up or make it casual.

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If you are a jeans lover, you should buy jeans that are more expensive and here is why.  They will last longer.  In my opinion, it is ok to buy jeans that are between $30 to $100 because they last a long time.  I have jeans from 5 years ago that I still wear and love.  Items that last are the ones that are ok to spend more on.  In the long run, this will save you money.  Don’t waste your money on cheap items that only last a year.  If  you need help styling, you can use a service called StitchFix.  They put outfits together for you based on your style profile that you fill out through the website.  There is a fee of $20 for styling that is applied as a credit toward anything you buy for clothing.  It is a great option if you have trouble styling yourself.

Here is a list of go to pieces that will never go out of style.  Feel free to spend a little more on these items.  Your budget for clothing will depend on how much you feel comfortable spending, but the list below are items I would be ok with spending more on as they will likely never go out of style and they will last longer if taken care of.

Consider adding these to your wardrobe.  If you are trying to clear out the clutter in your closet, get rid of old pieces when you add these classic garments.

  • white button down shirt
  • jeans
  • white, gray or black V-neck t-shirts or tank tops
  • pinstripes-they never really go out of style, especially for men
  • classic colors like emerald green, red and blue are always safe buys
  • black pants

Prints can be a little hairy.  I personally think that polka dots and when done tastefully, they can be classic.  They are almost like pinstripes to me.  I love a good pinstripe especially for men. Cheetah prints and zebra prints are actually some of my favorite and personally I think they are classic.

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Don’t get me wrong, I will ALWAYS, check clearance first because you never know if you can find a great bargain with what you love to wear.  Let me just throw that out there now.  If you don’t see a bargain, look for deals.  I don’t think I have ever paid full price on any item ever.  I am all about spending wisely.  Oh, and check coupons.com for deals and google coupons for the store you are going to purchase clothing at.  You can find online deals that way and it doesn’t take any time at all to find these money saving coupons.

The neutral colors can be dressed up and down easily with accessories that show your personality like a necklace, scarf, tie, etc.  They are easy and versatile which is always a bonus. Sometimes spending more up front will allow you to save money in the long run.  By neutral colors, I am including nude, brown, gray, black and white.

Items to stay away from:

  • bright colors- I am the first to admit I love a bright coral and even if it went out of style, I would probably still wear the color.  I am a child of the 80’s.  Neon is ok in my book:)
  • plaid pants
  • peplum
  • Mid calf skirts.  (They go in and out of style so I guess it is up to you on that)
  • Funky patterns.  (I just can’t wrap my head around unusual patterns.  If that is your thing though, buy away)

 

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I tend to think about what will be in style 5 years from now especially if I am going to spend more money on a piece of clothing.

Also, try to vary your wardrobe for all facets of your life.  For example, what do you like wearing at work?  What do you wear when you go out to dinner with your significant other?  Is there any way you can use the clothes in your wardrobe in such a way that you could intermingle work and pleasure outfits?   Do you enjoy exercise?  What clothes do you like to wear when exercising?    Keep all these things in mind when you are shaping your wardrobe.

As far as accessories go, I tend to spend less on things like hats and scarves because you can find some really great deals at a variety of stores.  Even, gulp, Walmart has cute scarves and stuff for cheap.  I prefer Charming Charlie’s though.  I could get lost in there.  I will spend a little more money on things like earrings, necklaces, and other jewelry.

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And now…. my confession.  I will occasionally indulge in a Coach purse here and there, but I buy from the outlet stores where the prices are much cheaper.  Being on a budget does not mean you don’t spend money.  To me it means you spend your money intentionally.  The last Coach purse we purchased was 2 years ago for Mother’s Day so it’s not like I go out every weekend and buy purses.  PHEW!  I wanted to clarify that!

Anyways, there are certain items that wear well and can be kept for quite some time.  The price seems to even out because you can actually use the items longer.  Decide what items you absolutely love and what you can justify spending more money on.  Often times, you will find there are some items that you can go cheaper on and other items you may need to spend more money to get what you want.  In my opinion, as long as you plan for it, you can decide what is worth spending more money on.

Ways to Save Money on Clothing

  • You may want to consider shopping online through Ebates.  With Ebates you shop through their site and you get paid to shop.  Ebates is a referral site so anytime you shop through them, you get a percentage of cash back. If you sign up using my link, you start with $10.  It is free to sign up and there is no annual fee.

 

 

  • Consider Stitch Fix if you are putting together a capsule wardrobe and need pieces that will last.  If you have better quality clothing, it tends to last longer.

 

 

Related Articles:

Impulse Buying:  How to Stop Spending Money

Online Shopping:  Tips for Successful Clothing Purchases

Beauty on a Budget:  Can It Be Done?

How to Stick to a Clothing Budget

 

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