Fall is probably my favourite season, but the weather is unpredictable. The trick to dressing for fall is layers. The problem with layers is that you need a lot of them. What’s a girl on a budget to do?
Fear not! It’s possible to be warm and trendy without breaking the bank. For me, it’s a matter of finding a “look” that you can build your closet around while staying money-conscious. Troll fashion blogs for inspiration. I like The Sartorialist and Hel-Looks.
This fall, “Classic American Outdoorsman” is my aesthetic. Think lumberjack-chic and cabin-wear. It’s trendy, but the pieces are all practical for the cool, rainy weather we get here in Ottawa. Practicality is the most important part of a budget-friendly closet.
Recycle Your Wardrobe with Savings
Make a list of:
- Things you already have
- Things you need
- Things you can get rid of
If you can consign some of the stuff, do it! You can get a little money back by selling back clothes you don’t want or need to vintage shops. Not only does this help you clear your closet, it also fills up your wallet!
Donating it to a local op-shop or charity drive is also a good idea too. These are good places to pick up some pieces for your look. Peruse the racks of second-hand stores for items that fit your style. They’re cheaper than buying something brand-new.
For example, I was able to buy:
- A pair of sleek, leather hiking boots for $10 that could cost as much $100
- A cool paisley silk scarf for $1
- Several cardigans for $5 each that would normally be $40 apiece
- And a pair of jeans for $10
For a mind blowing total of $60, I got the same amount of clothing as I would have spent $300 on at the mall. Crazy!
I often stumble across brand-name items that cost $10 or $15 instead of $40 or $60. Sometimes they’re even for sale for a buck or two. There’s also the added bonus of helping the environment.
Searching for Bargains in All the Right Spots
Depending on how much of a shopper you are, these tips can help you save anywhere from $20 to $200 and maybe even more! It’s a matter of looking where the bargains are. Thrift stores are my number one money-saving tip. People are always dropping stuff off at shops, so you don’t have to feel guilty about shopping often and scooping up some sweet finds.
If you plan it right, you can wear a lot of the items into winter, thus keeping your clothing costs down in the long-term. It’s important to be reasonable too. There’s always a way to do a high-fashion or brand-name look for less.
Get creative, do some research and have fun saving while spending!