One of the best ways to save money on clothes is to find voucher codes online. The big advantage of this is that you can still shop at your favourite shops and buy everything that you normally would, but you will get a nice percentage of the price discounted. Sometimes there will be different offers, such as buy one, get one half-price. You should also keep your eye on in-store offers; many fashion retailers will have a summer sale, so you should definitely take advantage of sales and offers as much as you can. For example, Diamond is offering a£50 New Look voucher offer for customers who buy direct, out of which you could purchase a number of staple items for your new wardrobe, or a few really classy items for those warm summer evenings.
If you’re creative and arty, you could customize some clothes you have hidden away in the back of the wardrobe rather than buying new ones. Put aside a few pounds and you can buy ribbons, lace, sequins, buttons, and small pieces of fabric. You may even be able to get some of these for free if you know where to go, or for next-to-nothing in charity shops.
While you’re browsing in those charity shops, it’s also definitely worth checking out the clothes they have in stock. There will no doubt be some horrors in there, but retro is really cool right now and you could pick up some fabulous vintage pieces. Not only will you get clothes for a good price, but between buying from charity shops and customizing your own clothes, you’ll have a unique look. There’ll be no danger of walking out the front door and seeing someone else with the same outfit, because yours will be the only one around that’s like it.
Most people don’t go supermarket shopping without a list, but will charge in headfirst when buying clothes and splurge without thinking about it. Have a look through your own clothes so you don’t buy shorts or flip-flops if you already have them, and then make a list of the things that you do actually need and want. Also think about what you’re going to get the most wear out of, and buy carefully. Buy pieces that are either multi-functional or that co-ordinate with as many other items of clothing you already have.
The final thing that you can do to save money on your summer wardrobe is not to buy many new clothes, and swap with friends instead. You could go shopping together, choose things you both like and then swap and share. Or check out clothes swapping events held at local cafés, bars and other venues – basically, you bring clothes you’re ready to part with, and for every item you add to the pile, you’re allowed to choose something from the items other people have contributed. It’s a fabulous way to recycle used clothes, gives you a chance to pick up a pile of new clothing for free, and often benefits charity.