The average person spends somewhere around £40,015 on clothing in their entire lifetime. Just let that sink in for a moment.
Forty-thousand?! That’s an insane amount of money! So today I am going to share with you 12 amazing ways that you can cut the cost of clothing, without compromising your style.
12 Genius Hacks to Save You Money on Clothes
INVEST IN THE BASICS
If you’re looking to save money on fashion, then you need to get the basics right. These are the items that are going to last you years and will never go out of style, so it’s worth spending a little more money in this area to ensure what you are buying is high quality and will stand the test of time.
Jeans, knitwear and a quality coat or jacket are going to serve you well and you will find yourself reaching for these time after time. If you need help with which basics you need in your wardrobe then I wrote this blog post where I talk about the 15 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Needs.
BUY SECOND HAND
I have found some of my favourite items in my wardrobe from charity shops, eBay and Depop. In the day and age of online selling, there is no reason to buy everything brand new. If you enjoy the vintage look then you can pick up some incredible pieces from reselling apps like Poshmark and Depop for a fraction of the price that you would pay for a new item. Plus, you will be doing your part for the environment by reducing the volume of clothing that ends up in landfills.
HANG CLOTHES TO DRY
Nothing fades and shrinks your clothes faster than putting them in the dryer. I have lived in my apartment for over a year and I haven’t even bothered to learn how to use the dryer because I simply don’t want to damage my clothes.
Plus, running the dryer is expensive! A full load of washing in the tumble dryer five times a week will cost approximately £115 per year. That doesn’t sound like a lot but when you combine it with the fact that you clothes will be damaged twice as fast than if you were to air dry them, it simply isn’t worth it.
BUY CLOTHES THAT FIT YOU
Do not waste money on clothes that don’t fit you right. Clothes that are too big or small do nothing for your figure or confidence and are extremely uncomfortable. Do not buy things that don’t fit you as you will not wear them and will often end up having to buy the same item again in the right size.
Do not hang onto clothes that once fit because you want to wear them again one day – these will just clog up space in your home. If you’re holding onto things that no longer fit as inspiration to lose weight, then consider keeping just one of these items. Having a whole closet full of clothes that are too small for you will just make you feel bad about yourself.
REPURPOSE OLD ITEMS
Rather than buying new all the time, why not learn how to use a sewing machine and repurpose your old clothes into fresh new pieces that you will wear. You can even see if any of your friends and family are getting rid of clothes that they no longer wear. If an item isn’t your size, you can learn to alter it so that it fits perfectly.
BUY OUT OF SEASON
There is no better time to buy a swimsuit than December, and no better time to buy a winter coat than the middle of July. Shops have sales many times a year to get rid of last seasons stock. Pieces which are out of season will usually see the largest reduction as most people are browsing the shops for items that they can wear right now.
I managed to buy a beautiful swimsuit from Topshop one time for £3, which was originally £35! It was right before Christmas so I guess not many people were thinking about shopping for their summer holiday at that time!
DON’T BUY SOMETHING BECAUSE IT’S ON SALE
A good deal is only a good deal if you would purchase that item at full price. Don’t buy something that you don’t love just because its on sale. You won’t wear it.
A piece of clothing that never gets worn and just collects dust in your wardrobe is a complete waste of money and it could have gone to somebody who would have loved and worn it. I have been guilty of this many times in the past: I have bought clothes that don’t fit me or simply aren’t my style because I thought I was getting a great deal but this is just companies using marketing techniques to get me to spend money
SELL WHAT YOU DON’T WEAR
If you have things in your wardrobe that you do not wear then free up some space and make yourself some extra cash by listing them for sale online. My favourite apps for selling clothes and fashion items are Depop and eBay. Depop is particularly great for vintage pieces.
Over the years I have made thousands of pounds from selling clothes online. It’s a way to keep your wardrobe up to date and make some extra money to spend on new things when you get tired of what you have.
I have recently discovered the wonder that is cashback websites. I had heard about these before but honestly thought that they were a waste of time. However, in the past few months I have had a fair bit of online shopping to do and have been using TopCashback.
They have over 5000 retailers offering cashback on purchases and you have to do is create an account, find the retailer that you wish to purchase from, click on the merchant website through TopCashback and then shop as normal. Cashback is paid as a percent of what you spend – usually between 2%-10% but sometimes more and it varies between retailers. The cashback will be available to withdraw usually within 6-8 weeks but sometimes it takes a little longer. I have made nearly £70 in cashback in just a few weeks. There are even ‘free cashback’ offers on the website where no purchase is necessary, you just need to sign up for different trials and remember to cancel before the end of the trial if you don’t wish to continue.
If you sign up to TopCashback using my link then you will receive a £5 Tesco gift card as soon as you earn £10 in cashback. There are currently enough ‘free cashback’ offers available to earn your first £10 without even spending any money.
DON’T WASH EVERY TIME YOU WEAR SOMETHING
I am certainly not telling you to be unhygienic, but if you have only worn an item for a couple of hours and you know that it doesn’t smell, then don’t feel obliged to wash it. Over-washing our clothes breaks down the fibres more quickly, making them bobbly, out of shape and faded. So don’t feel the need to wash an item after every wear. Some pieces such as jeans and jackets can be washed less frequently than others so read the wash instructions to make sure you are caring for your clothes effectively.
The internet’s other best-kept secret when it comes to saving money shopping online. Most retailers offer discount codes for money off their products or free delivery (even sometimes both). A minimum spend is usually required but if you would be making this purchase anyway then this is a great money saver. Usually codes will be displayed around the website that you are shopping from, or will be emailed to you if you are on that retailers mailing list.
My favourite way to make sure I am using the best code for the maximum discount is by using Honey, which is a free browser plugin that scans the internet for discount codes. Honey will scan all available codes and then apply the code to your basket which offers the maximum discount on your basket.
Honey supports thousands of retailers in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and more countries. I have been using Honey for years and have very rarely found that the app hasn’t been able to find me a suitable code.
BORROW WHAT YOU ONLY NEED ONCE
If you need a dress for a wedding invitation or Christmas party that you are only going to wear once, then consider borrowing from a friend or even hiring a dress. This will save you spending £100 + on an outfit that you will never wear again.
If you have a friend who is the same size as you then you can swap and borrow from each other regularly to save money together. This is a great way to give you the feeling of a new outfit without spending the money, and you will be returning the same favour to your friends!
ONLY BUY ITEMS THAT ARE VERSATILE
Before I purchase anything new, I try to think of at least three things that I already own that I can pair it with. If the answer is “no” then I usually put it back on the rack. As great as the idea of trying a new look feels when you are in the shop, the reality of it is, you are unlikely to wear something that doesn’t match with anything that you already have and if you are trying to reduce how much money you are spending on clothes then this is a mistake you can afford to make.
To Finish Off…
I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you will be able to take on board some of these tips and tricks to save yourself money in future.
Let me know your best tips for saving money on clothes and I hope to see you back here again soon for more fashion blog posts!