Updating a wardrobe with the changes of the seasons can cost you a pretty penny, especially if you are trend-lover. A tight budget might restrict your choices but it doesn't have to force you into donning yesterday's fashions. Keep your fashion budget in check by avoiding splurges and being a crafty shopper. It helps think of your clothing as an investment, not merely an unwanted cost. After all, the clothes can help "make" the woman!
Control your weight. I know this isn't a popular subject but if you want to save money on your wardrobe weight control is key. Weight fluctuations are normal, to a degree, but if your weight constantly moves up and down the dress scale you'll end up needed too many clothes. Take control of your weight and stay in just one size.
Go with neutral basics. I love flipping through the fashion magazines but who wears a lime green tube top? (Or a tube top at all for that matter.) Stick with neutral basics like a brown pantsuit, black skirts and white shirts. If you want to spark up your wardrobe, just add a hot pink tank. Invest the largest chunk of your money on basics you can work with all year round like classic cardigans or flattering blue jeans.
Invest in unique jewelry. Manage your fashion money by purchasing a few unique pieces. Buying a bunch of junky jewelry won't help you in the long run; it breaks and turns. Instead, establish your own style with gorgeous necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
Buy before or after the season. Doing so could save you more than 50 percent on your clothing costs. Grab those sale items and tuck them away until next year. Most styles don't disappear overnight but use caution when considering items that are too trendy. (Remember cropped shirts and ripped jeans?)
Stick to your personal style. If you don't you will spend more than you should. My friends inspire me with their chic styles but I have learned the hard way that I do better sticking to my own look. I look great in beige, sand and tan but I have a Bohemian style. I can't pull off a preppy or sporty look. Get to know your personal style. Flip through magazines and view style websites to get a picture in your head of what your dream wardrobe would be.Then go for it -- within your budget of course!
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