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Tips for Reducing Your Fashion Spend in 2022

One of your New Year’s resolutions this year may have been to save more money and cut out spending on unnecessary things. If so, one way to work towards this goal is to do a lot less shopping for fashion pieces.

While it’s fun to buy new clothing, the reality is that most of us have plenty of stuff in our closets and can make do if we change our mindsets and habits.

Inventory Your Wardrobe

The first step is to go through your closet bit by bit to work out what you already own. If you’re like most of us, you have a lot more than you think, and if you get creative with how you mix and match and create outfits, you’ll have many more clothing sets ready to go than you’d think.

Another benefit of scrutinizing your current closet is that it helps you to see where you might be able to buy one or two simple, cost-effective pieces to create and complete multiple outfits. We often don’t wear tops or pants or skirts etc., because we don’t have the right accompaniments for them but could get a lot of wear out of them if we remedied the situation.

Hire a Stylist

While you’re trying to save money, and it can seem counter-intuitive to outlay funds on hiring a stylist for a couple of hours or a day, you can quickly see a return on your investment. A stylist will show you how to combine clothing in new, creative ways to make up lots more outfits than you would ever expect.

Plus, they can advise you on what does and doesn’t suit your body shape. In turn, you’ll stop wasting money on clothes that you think are a good idea when trying them on in shops but then never wear once you get them home since you’re uncertain about whether they work for you or not.

If you don’t have the spare cash flow to hire a stylist, you can get plenty of inspiration these days. Pore over some Instagram posts, blogs, magazines, and other content with a critical, analytical eye to understand how outfits are put together and what goes well with what. Look at pictures of people with the same body shape as you, so you can get a good idea of what should work best for your figure.

Shop Out of Season

When you’re ready to buy some new pieces, it pays to shop out of season. That is, pick up last season’s clothing items when they’re significantly discounted because new season stock has arrived. Keep an eye out for affordable coats and boots right now, or search for quality graphic tees for women at the end of summer or in fall.

Whenever the shops bring in clothing for the upcoming season, they need to make room for it. As such, they’ll try to clear out older stock and discount it handsomely. This can be a fantastic way to pick up items for much less than usual.

Maintain Your Clothing

Another tip is to ensure you take good care of what you already own. You won’t have to buy too much that’s new if you keep the things already in your closet maintained. Sew buttons back on or replace zippers as need be, and be gentle when you wash pieces, especially the more fragile ones.

Avoid popping things in the tumble dryer if you can help it, and don’t over-wash goods, either. You may also be able to patch clothing with holes in it or take some stained or temperamental garments to dry cleaners for a more thorough cleaning, steaming, or other care.

Rent or Borrow Special Fashion Items

If you have a special occasion coming up, such as a hot date, wedding to attend, graduation, 21st birthday do, corporate party, or the like, it’s natural to want to go out and buy something new to wear. However, this won’t save you money and can just mean you end up with items in your closet that you hardly ever wear because they’re too formal.

Instead of outlaying money on something new, what about renting it instead? There are many excellent fashion rental firms these days. You can go online and search designer threads and accessories that are available to rent for a specified time. Going down this path enables you to save significant money, be kinder to the planet by buying less clothing, and have fun wearing and using different pieces every so often.

Alternatively, see if you can borrow a dress or other gear from a friend or family member. You might like to set up clothes swaps, too, as a way of expanding your wardrobe without hurting your bank account balance.

Some other ideas for reducing your fashion spend in 2022 include shopping in thrift stores and at garage sales, learning to mend and make your own pieces, and buying for your actual, current body shape and size, rather than what you wish you were. It isn’t as hard as you may think to spend a lot less on fashion every year, provided you commit and then see it through.

 

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.