‘Mark Twain’ once wrote “Clothes make the man” and that, “Naked people have little or no influence on society”. That’s all well and good if you have a never-ending supply of cash but what if you don’t?
Being a dedicated follower of fashion does not necessarily mean you have to sell a kidney in order to buy that little black dress or that leather jacket that’ll get you noticed. With a little imagination and a bit of determination you can create and maintain a wardrobe that won’t cost you a packet.
1. Go vintage
Check out vintage clothing for a change – there are some great finds to be had in the many second-hand shops popping up everywhere and you’ll find something nice for half the price.
Have a clothes swapping party with your circle of friends – a great way to swap an old items of clothing for something different and combine it with a social occasion at the same time.
Just because something has a hole or a tear in it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the line for that garment. Grab yourself a needle and thread and get mending. If you don’t feel confident enough to do it yourself, seek out a repair service and get them to do it. It will be much cheaper than replacing the item and you get a bit more life out of your clothes.
4. Dye and dry clean
If you don’t look after clothes they are going to start to look a bit shabby after a while. If something has lost its colour depth, buy a washing machine dye and bring it back to life again. Equally, that coat you once loved so much will look much better if you treat it to a periodic dry clean to bring it back to life again.
5. Remove that pilling
Invest in a pilling remover, a small hand-held electric shaver device that when run over clothes, will remove pilling or as some people call them, ‘bobbles’. Your clothes will look amazing.
If you’ve got a sewing machine, a clothes pattern and some fabric you can easily make your own clothes. The trick is to start off with something simple like a scarf or a cushion and then progress from there. Not got a sewing machine? Look in the second hand shops or on ebay and you will find one for a fraction of the price of a new one.
Armed with a needle and thread or a sewing machine, you can modify some garments and give them a new lease of life. If trousers are worn in the knees, turn them into shorts rather than throw them away.
8. Sell some clothes
If it doesn’t fit anymore and it’s still wearable list it on an online listing site like eBay to gain some extra cash and make space for something else. If you are not sure how much to sell it for, have a look at what other similar items have sold for.
9. Buy second-hand
We waste so much money buying clothes that we might only wear once or when we get home, decide we don’t like and they remain in the wardrobe. If people are selling these clothes they are going to sell them online so start looking! It’s not like you are going to spend as much as you normally would so don’t worry too much about an item fitting when you receive it as you can always sell it on!
10. Check out local car boot sales, garage and house sales
Again, another great outlet for clothing bargains and you might even get to try clothes on if you are lucky. You also get to see how clean the person is who is selling the item of clothing.