There are a lot of reasons you may need to buy new clothes. Perhaps you had a really terrible day, and the only thing that could possibly stand between you and a new pair of jeans is... well, nothing (who doesn't indulge in some retail therapy every once in a while?)
Or, maybe your favorite pair of flats has finally been worn so many times that you can literally see through the soles (true story). On the other hand, overspending on frivolous clothing purchases is easy to do. The great news? You can save money on clothes by changing up your habits just a bit. Take a look at these eight clothing hacks that will help you save some serious dough:
1. Organize Your Clothes
I know what you're thinking: "You want me to clean??" But the thing is, most people only wear a fraction of the clothes they own, and a big part of that is a sort of out-of-sight-out-of-mind mentality. When your clothes are all shoved into deep drawers or on top of high shelves, it's hard to even remember what you own, let alone wear it.
Go through your closet, get rid of things you don't or won't wear anymore, and organize what's left in a way that allows you to see everything pretty easily. You'll likely find you actually have plenty of clothes to get by for a while.
2. Use the Sale Rule
Unless you're looking for a specific item, stick to the sale racks – and only the sale racks – when you're shopping (or the sale pages when perusing your favorite brands online). You'll get a better bargain on everything, but you'll also find yourself with fewer options and, thus, fewer frivolous impulse purchases.
3. Get an App
If you have a smartphone, you should definitely download a couple of apps that can make your life easier and help you save money. RetailMeNot is an app that has coupons and deals for a huge variety of stores. When you head into your favorite department store, check the app first to see what kind of deals you may be able to snag.
Or, give RedLaser a try. All you have to do is scan the barcode of whatever item you want to buy, and it'll let you know if you're getting the best deal or if it's actually being sold cheaper somewhere else. You're welcome.
4. Leave the Tags On
How many times have you purchased something that you absolutely had to have after trying it on at the store, only to find that it isn't quite as spectacular in the harsh light of your bedroom? Then it just sits in your closet for years until you finally decide to give it away. Every time you buy something and put it away in your closet, leave the tags on until the first time you wear it.
When you try it on at home, make sure you actually love it and will wear it often – if not, back to the store it goes. If you're really committed to spending less on clothes, check the return policy of each store you buy items from and set a calendar alert on your phone to let you know when your return window is almost over. That way, if you haven't worn something yet you can take it back before you're past the point of no return (literally).
5. Follow the Maintenance Rules
You probably already know that buying quality over quantity is important to ensure your clothes last awhile. But even if you buy quality items, you still need to make sure you take care of them properly. Always, always, always check the care suggestions before sticking your clothes in the washer, and make sure you follow them as closely as possible.
6. Be Your Own Tailor
There are a lot of ways to update or tailor clothes to make them fit you or your personal style better – picking up a few tricks can help you keep your clothes longer and save money on new purchases. Before tossing something out because it's too long, too short, too loose, doesn’t fit right in the arms, etc., look up tutorials online to help you fix the issue.
If you're uncomfortable tailoring your own clothes, finding a professional tailor to take care of it for you is still less expensive than buying anything brand new.
7. Learn Some Basic Mending
Likewise, it's easier than you think to mend many types of damage. For instance, a loose hem, a hole along a seam and a missing button can all be fixed very quickly and with a minimum level of skill. This applies to scuffs and stains as well– there are tons of leather repair products that can hide scuffs in boots or shoes, or you can use petroleum jelly or hand moisturizer to buff spots out of leather.
Stain removal is an art, but all it takes is knowing the type of fabric and the type of stain you're dealing with – do some research online, and you'll likely be able to find a solution easily.
8. Shop at High-End Consignments
Consignment and thrift stores are pretty hit-or-miss for the most part, but they're definitely a good option when you're looking to save money. You'll have more luck finding quality items at consignment stores in upscale neighborhoods. These shops typically only take items made by designers of a certain caliber (in other words, you'll find some fancy stuff).