Attention all fashionistas! Are you feeling the pinch of the economic downturn? Are you crunching numbers to make sure you can afford your favorite brands? The fact of the matter is that we all have had to cut back, stay aware of financial trends and be smarter shoppers. There are some surefire ways of making your wardrobe recession-proof without going to desperate measures – here’s how you can do it:
Reinvent the Wheel:
We all end up in cycles of wearing the same combination of clothes. When we feel like we get a look right, we tend to repeat it because we know it looks good. It’s time to shake things up a little bit, and come up with some new combinations for the season. Find inspiration in magazines like Vogue and Marie Claire, and stop thinking inside the box.
Seeing your wardrobe in a whole new light is part of the process of beating the recession. Whether it is using some of your favorite summer items in the winter, or putting everything you can with your favorite 7 Jeans, you’ll stretch your dollar by getting more use out of your favorite items.
Evaluate What You Need:
The bigger the closet, the more likely there’s stuff in there that you have not seen in a while – some of those tops, accessories, dresses, pants and shoes are just waiting for you to bring them back into your life. You will also see the gaps in your wardrobe and can plan on adding them to the high priority list of things to buy. By making a concrete list of items you need you can avoid unnecessary impulse buys.
Lose the attitude of saving something for a rainy day. This is the time when breaking out your favorite Samantha Ronson dress will not only make you feel better wearing it, but also make you feel like you’re getting the most out of your fashion investments.
Look For The Right Places To Shop:
Everyone seems to have deals lately. But being a smart shopper is not about waiting for those sales to happen, but to go seeking for them yourself. The thrill of the hunt can be quite exhilarating and whether you prefer to look online or do a daily walk through your favorite stores, you can uncover some seriously great discounts.
Stay loyal to your favorite boutiques, but don’t forget to go to the big stores. Places like Banana Republic are receiving renewed attention thanks to a certain First Lady. Do an online search for shoes on sale, and you’ll find stores like Jildor offering some incredible discounts on those pair of Tory Burch flats you’ve been looking for.
Shop For Quality:
This is an important thing to remember because you don’t want to keep buying everything you like. Purchase only the items that you are truly going to wear, and are made to last. Why bother with buying several shirts you’ll only wear once, when instead you can spend that money on something like a cute top by Marc Jacobs? And how about buying a pair of durable and eye catching wedges by Steve Madden?
During these times, there’s no such thing as a disposable income, and your clothes should not be disposable either. Quality items will make you look and feel like you’re above the recession, and give you new appreciation for fashion and style.
Last but not least, let go of everything you don’t need to wear. Donate them to a worthy cause and wait for good karma to come back at you. By keeping only the clothes you want, you will dress better, feel better, and prepare yourself for when times get good again.