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You have a clothing budget, as part of your monthly budget, but are you spending it wisely? Are you shopping at the right times, with the right retailers? Are you buying the pieces you need, or are you just going for something cheap and trendy? Well, it’s time to examine your clothes shop behaviour!
So, following on from my post about fighting fast fashion as simply as possible throughout our lives, let’s go through some of the best ways to ensure you’re spending your clothing budget wisely.
Work Out What’s Needed for Your Wardrobe
If you’re going to shop for clothes a little more wisely, you need to work out what clothing items you need, rather than just pulling things you like off of the shelf. For example, that top might be a cute piece you’d love to wear for the spring, but it’s just another £15 you don’t need to waste.
So make a list; what clothes do you need? A light jacket for warmer climates? A heavy coat for when it gets cold? A good pair or two of jeans for going out, or being casual in? Leggings as something simple and comfy to wear around the house? Go through your wardrobe and see what’s missing, and then stack that up against what you get up to on a daily basis.
Shop for Quality
You need to shop for quality, rather than cheap and simple items of clothing. Of course, the latter may seem cheaper in the long run, but you’ll need to buy at least twice as many new clothes when these items wear out.
So, shop for quality; buy something that’ll last you, even if it’s a little more pricey than you’d want it to be. Not only does this help to combat fast fashion, but it ensures your budget looks a lot healthier on a yearly scale, a.k.a., the big picture.
Be Careful About Your Shoes
Following on from the point above, shoes are a big part of putting an outfit together, and most people have at least 3 pairs to choose from. Of course, some people can be shoe mad, and own upwards of 20 or 30 pairs, and it can start to get very pricey from there!
Shoes, on average, cost at least £20 per pair, and if you’re buying one or two new pairs a month, that’s a sizable part of a monthly pay check down the drain – it’s why it’s key to shop for quality, rather than a shiny sale price. Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier to do than you might think; indeed, you can even shop for the best velcro shoes for elderly if you’re in need of shoes that have a little more stability to their insoles and heels, but still at a budget friendly price.
Your clothing budget needs to be spent wisely, for the good of your wardrobe and your bank account! Keep the above tips in mind for clothes shopping.