Fashion | Money Saving Tips for Those Times When You Need an Entire New Wardrobe

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For most of us, it happens occasionally in life that we need to basically build up a new
wardrobe from scratch. Whether it is for a temporary reason, such as needing a maternity wardrobe,
because your body has changed a lot – for instance because of significant weight loss, or because
you have decided on a complete change of image – there can be times when none of the stuff you
already own will do, and you need to create a whole new wardrobe to cover every day and both
daytime and evening situations!

This is obviously going to cost some money, and depending on how much you usually spend on
clothes, can be a fairly significant investment. You may want to consider personal loans or a credit
card as a way of paying, whatever you choose to use to fund your shopping spree, it can
pay to think ahead about what you will buy to prevent costs getting out of control!

Make A List

If you simply go out to the shops or start searching for clothes online and pick up stuff just based on
what you like, you can end up spending more because you aren’t buying to fit a structure that will give you a full, wearable wardrobe using the least amount of pieces. Instead, make a list of items you could use to make a capsule wardrobe based on your own style, and stick to that. If you wear jeans a lot, then a couple of pairs and some things to wear with them on top can cover most situations. If you are more of a dresses person, consider a few key dress styles that you can wear for both day and evening with different accessories. Do you need to buy all new shoes, or are the ones you have suitable for use with your new stuff? Consider exactly what you need, list it out, and stick to that list as you browse for the perfect item to fill each slot.

Shop at the Right Time

Timing when you shop can affect how much you pay dramatically. If you get in during the sales as new season’s stock comes in, you can often get bargains on things that will still be ‘current season’
for a couple more months. In any case, when you are replacing an entire wardrobe you usually want
things that will see you through multiple seasons and still be good next year, so you can shop in sales
for pieces that aren’t too trend focused.

Buy Basics Online

You may want to try on most of the things you buy if you are a new size or trying a new look, but you
can save money by picking up the basic stuff you don’t necessarily need to try on, like leggings,
sweaters and simple tops online.

Creating a whole new wardrobe is no easy feat, and it can be easy for it to go over budget if you don’t think carefully about what you choose and how it fits together. Use these tips to save money.

Use a Voucher Codes or Cashback sites

There are always great offers floating about online, whether they be great cashback from sites like Quidco or vouchers from places like DealsQueen, it’s always worth scanning them to see what you can save.

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