Just because the economy is slow, it doesn’t mean fashion has to suffer. We’re moving closer to the summer season and considering the fashion trends this year, it may be even easier to be stylish without maxing out your credit cards.
The following are a few tips for fashion budgeting that can distinguish the difference between expensive purchases and cheap markdowns. When you’re shopping this summer for the finest but affordable looks to still feel like a celebrity, keep these following tips in mind.
First, remember that your choice of fabrics is essential because every fabric is different. Cottons are cool for summer but knits tend to lose their shape. Look for tailored cuts or stretchy, cotton-polyester blends for more form-fitting cottons. For clothing investments, fabrics matter.
Second, you need to know what the difference is between the quality and quantity of a purchase. Many shoppers tend to buy one in every color when they find a bargain garment. Sometimes it’s not always about the price you pay or how pretty the particular fashion looks. The basic question you need to ask yourself is: “What am I paying for, does it fit properly, and how long will it last me?”
Third, do not forget the cost of dry cleaning. It can add up to a substantial sum if you’re not careful. Not all clothing can be washed in the washer. For example, most silks, rayons, and acetates require dry cleaning. As a buyer, check the label to determine if hand or machine-washing on a gentle cycle is an option.
The fourth, fashion tip on a budget is brand name. Yes, the quality of your clothes is reflected in the brands you choose. What makes a designer an individual or unique from the world is the making of the design and fabrics. A designer considers the style of the individual and comes close to their preference. Designer pieces may cost a little more, but they will last longer. Including a few high-quality pieces in your wardrobe will enhance the look of whatever you’re wearing. Save money by shopping at the outlet for a high-end department store, like Last Call (Neiman Marcus), Off Fifth (Saks Fifth Avenue) or The Rack (Nordstrom’s).
Finally, keep up with the latest trends but don’t trade in your whole wardrobe. Look for affordable accent pieces that will make you look modern. This summer’s trends hale from the fifties, sixties, and seventies, like these wide-cut, high-waisted trousers from Mark Jacobs (pictured). Yes the hippie days and the glamour of the oldies are back, which means you might like to visit your local vintage shop. The biker look, wavy dresses, the military trend, the punk look, Capri’s, and bell-bottoms are back again. As far as colors, anything with light or dark blue, aqua, yellow. and orange will complete one’s wardrobe for the summer. Accessorize with cat eyeglasses, belt purses, sandals, and puffy hair dos.
To save money this summer, consider your choices carefully, opt for quality over quantity, and incorporate trendy accessories to look stylish on a budget.