We all new clothes from time to time. It is important for us to replace things that have worn out or to have appropriate clothing for certain occasions. However, some of us also buy more things because we enjoy having and wearing different clothing and putting together a selection of different outfits. It can be expensive though and if you are trying to spend less money, perhaps to ensure you do not get into debt or to be able to have money available to spend on other things. There are different things that you can try but below are a few ideas.
Only buy when necessary
It can be worth being careful about how often you go out clothing shopping. It can be tempting to go to a sale in your favourite shop or just have a little browse online and see what is available that you could buy. It is something which could be seen as innocent but you could find that you get carried away and see a few things, drop them into your basket and before you know it, you have spent some more money. Although it is great to have some fun with your money and enjoy things, if you can afford it, if you are looking to cut down what you are spending then it could be wise to avoid looking at this sort of thing. It is also wise to ask yourself whether you really need the items that you are buying. You may want to just buy things when you need to replace old or worn items rather than just buying things that you like.
Mix outfits up a bit
If you are getting bored with what you have then perhaps you could mix your outfits up a bit. Change what you normally wear and pair up different tops with different trousers or skirts, add a different scarf or jumper or whatever. By mixing things up it may feel like you have a new wardrobe without having to actually buy anything new. It can be a great way to make everything feel a bit newer and refreshed.
Try second hand
If you do want new things and mixing it up does not really work for you then perhaps buying second hand might help. There are plenty of second hand clothes available in the charity shops on most high streets and so you may often be able to find things that you want at a reduced price. You will have to rummage though as there will be a big mix of things; different sizes, styles and colours and you might find you need to look in lots of shops or return to them after they have put out new stock to find what you need. It can make shopping trickier. However, if you buy online and look at second hand things there, perhaps on auction, car boot of local social media sites, you will have more to choose form and will be able to use search terms to find what you are looking for more easily.
Swap with friends and family
Another option could be to swap clothes with people you know. Obviously, this will depend on whether they are the same size as you. If they are the same size, then you might be able to swap a few items to change up your wardrobes. Obviously, not everyone has the same taste in clothes, but it could be worth a thought and a quick discussion with them.
Take advantage of sales
Sales are a good way to get the clothes that you need without paying so much for them. It can mean that you will be able to stock up and not spend so much money. However, it is wise to be really cautious when you are looking at reduced items. It can be so tempting to buy more things than you really need. This is because you can often find things which have been reduced massively and you feel that they are such a bargain that you will not be able to do without them. This is where sales can be dangerous! You might start picking up all sorts of things and you can end up going home with all sorts of items that you did not even need and find that you have spent so much money and did not really need to have done. You might even have things that you never end up wearing. So be really careful, perhaps take a list and keep asking yourself whether you really need the items that you are looking at.
Wear things out
Many of us do not wear clothing until it is worn out. We may get rid of it as soon as it feels old or gets a small hole. Learn to darn; there are plenty of ways to learn easily online and if you repair things, they will last a lot longer. It can be wise to buy better quality clothing as well and this will mean that it will last longer. You will hopefully not wear things out as fast if you pay more money from them.