How to buy great clothes on a budget
Looking great helps us to feel great, there’s no doubt about it. However, sometimes we just don’t have the available finances to keep our wardrobes fresh and fashionable. If you still want to be able to buy great clothes and keep to a budget, here’s a few ways to do it.
Hit the vintage stores
Some of the most exclusive fashion labels and classic designs could still be within your reach. You just need to know where to look for them. Boutique vintage stores have been around for a while now but as they’re not always on your main street, they can be hard to seek out. However, there are a growing number of online vintage stores opening up, making it easier for you to buy some of the top names in luxury fashion.
Companies such as Decades Inc, TheRealReal and What Goes Around Comes Around, sell vintage dresses, gowns, handbags, shoes and jewelry, many at reasonable prices. And if you have a wardrobe full of designer clothes and accessories you no longer wear, it could be worth your while selling some of these items to help fund your new wardrobe. Most of these sites will pay for your old clothes as long as they’re in good condition and have the right fashion label attached.
Use online catalogues
Many clothing catalogues allow you to open a credit account, meaning you can buy the items you’d like now and pay the cost back later. Some allow you to do this in handy instalments, to make it more manageable. Often, catalogues with credit can be seen as a way for parents to buy their family’s clothing basics. But there are some online catalogue companies that target the high-end fashion market, so these may be worth a look at.
Before you start racking up a lot of credit though, have a look through your finances and check that it’s going to be possible to repay the money.
Look out for sample sales sites
Sample sales have long been a great way to get designer clothes and accessories at bargain prices. Many sample sales offer up to 80% off the retail price for items in their sales. But you do need to have your ear to the ground to hear about them and getting into one of these sales can be even harder.
However, the sample sale is starting to gain an online presence, and websites like Chicmi allow you to buy a mix of high street and designer labels with huge discounts on some items. You still need to keep a close eye on the sales though, as many only run for 48 hours.