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Money saving fashion tips

22nd March 2013 Print

With Fashion Week freshly over, now is the time to build up your spring/summer wardrobe for 2013.

Whether you were watching the shows avidly for the latest trends, or are someone who makes your own decisions, with spring just around the corner, it’s time to invest in some cooler clothing as the months begin to heat up.

Hit the Charity Shops

While many fashionistas will turn their noses up at the idea of wearing someone else’s clothes, the best place to find cheap designer items is in your local charity shop.

Celebrity endorsers include Kate Moss, so it’s worth looking through the rails. With hundreds of clothes to choose from, don’t be surprised if you find a few vintage gems during your search.

Look For Bargains Online

Many online shops offer massive discounts and can provide good quality, high fashion clothing for less, as they don’t have to pay expenses, such as rent and bills on stores.

Whether you’re looking for fab maxi dresses or studded shorts for your summer vacation, it is worth looking online to save some money on your summer wardrobe.

Be warned, though, as you can’t try before you buy. It’s important you check the sizing guide on the site carefully, to prevent disappointment and the hassle of having to refund your purchase.

Host a Clothes Swap

If you have friends who are all roughly a similar size, then a clothes swap is a great way to save money and stay in with the fashion trends.

Bring all the clothes you no longer wear to a friend’s house, and tell your mates to do the same: you’ll find plenty of new pieces for your wardrobe, without spending a penny.

Don’t Impulse Buy

The best way to save money on clothing is to make sure you buy pieces you will wear time and time again.

Impulse buys often have the nasty habit of ending up unworn in your wardrobe for many years, before being guiltily thrown away.

To avoid impulse buying, you should always make sure to try any piece you wish to buy. Plus, justify your purchases by thinking of which clothes you already own that you could wear the new item with.

Make the Most of Vouchers and Deals

There are now hundreds of websites at your disposal offering as much as 70% off on all your favourite brands.

Most brands provide voucher codes, which they may distribute monthly through newsletters or advertise in magazines. There are also plenty of sites dedicated to finding these voucher codes for you.

With great deals to be made every time you buy, it makes sense to spend some time checking available deals before you make your purchase.

Become a Mystery Shopper

Although there are not many spaces available due to the popularity of this kind of work, signing up to become a Mystery Shopper could provide you with a free wardrobe, or even hundreds in cash that you can spend on your fashion must-haves.

All you need to do is go into a shop and buy the required item, you then post a review of the service, the store quality and perhaps even the product itself.

The company will then reimburse you on all your purchases, saving you plenty of money for future spending.