We know you're going to spend money on clothes (heck, so are we). But, in the spirit of helpful guidance, we've put together a program to help you save on clothing from now on.
Know Where To Go For What.
We love high-end fashion, but we only go for it when we can land it at regular prices. Luckily for us, the newest trend is "diffusion fashion," which means that designers are increasingly making lines for discount stores.
Know When To Go For What.
Although it might not feel natural to buy fluffy sweaters on the first beautiful day of spring, items invariably go on clearance when a store switches its inventory from one season for another. You can easily save 30% to 70% simply by buying at the end of a season. We like to pack up our purchases right away—tags and all. That way, when we break out the winter boots that we bought almost a year earlier, they'll feel brand new.
Know What To Go For.
The most important factor when you get to the register is whether or not it fits. Ill-fitting, expensive clothes can pale in comparison to fitted, flattering cheap clothes. Companies cut their clothes differently, so always try on a potential purchase. Digging into your hips? No. Pooling at your ankles? No. Only buy clothes that fit imperfectly if you have a great tailor, or if the store offers free alterations. This service is for little things, like shortening pants. If you need more than one thing done to your piece, don't buy it. It doesn't fit
Know If You Need To Go Shopping In The First Place.
Instead of shopping, consider swapping. Set up a clothing swap with a close friend, or even host a swapping party, in which everyone brings in clothes she'd like to trade for something new. If your friends aren't feeling it, check out sites like SwapStyle.com, ClothingSwaps.com, DignSwap.com and RehashClothes.com. Craigslist's barter section can also be a goldmine if you need some new threads—new to you, at least—and have clothing to get rid of, in turn. A word of warning: Proceed with caution when swapping online. If you can, meet to exchange the items in person, in a public place.
Collect Savings Before You Pass Go.
Before shopping, hit the internet. Many websites off promotional codes and coupons to help you save massively at retail stores—think up to 50% off
- Create a list of the stores you go to most often, and what is best—and most inexpensive—at each. Refer to it the next time you need something specific.
- Talk to your friends about setting up a clothing swap. Otherwise, browse swap sites to see if there's a free way to get what you want.
- Read the LV article on which stores are best for each kind of merchandise.
- Print out our seasonal buying guide. Refer to it the next time you need to make a seasonal clothing purchase
- Bookmark your favorite websites for retail coupons. Make a habit of visiting them before any new purchase.