At this time of year, many of us start to think about curating our summer wardrobe. We’ve got holidays to look forward to, weddings to attend, and beer gardens to chill out in, and we want to make sure that we look good whilst we do it.
This doesn’t have to be an exercise in rushing out and spending a complete fortune though. Summer is expensive enough, and as far as I’m concerned, I’d rather have the extra change in my own pocket to treat myself to days out and experiences that I’m going to remember.
Over the years, I’ve worked out exactly how to update my summer wardrobe on a budget. These are my best tips…
ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOU REALLY DO NEED
Do you really need five new dresses to add to your summer wardrobe? Probably not. It’s more than likely that you’ve got items hiding in the back of your cupboards that you’ve totally forgotten about, so before you even consider hitting the shops, take stock of what you already have.
The start of a new season is a great time to declutter your wardrobe. It’ll free up some space, and it’ll also curb any unnecessary spending that you might be tempted to do!
CONSIDER BUYING SECOND HAND
If you’ve never thought about buying pre-loved items before, now could be a great time to start. You can pick up items that are in excellent condition, and expect to pay a tiny fraction of the original purchase price. It’s not unheard of to find designer items in your local high street charity shops.
Of course, modern technology makes it even easier to find second hand bargains. Have a good look around on sites like eBay and Depop. In some cases, you’ll even find items that are brand new with tags, that the previous owner just never got round to wearing.
GET CASHBACK ON ALL YOUR PURCHASES
If you’re buying from high street retailers, then don’t make a single purchase before you check whether you can get cashback. TopCashback is a popular option, and you can earn money back when you buy from shops including Debenhams, Boots, and Matalan.
You might just earn back a few pounds here and there, but it can all add up. Try to get into the routine of checking for cashback deals before you make any kind of purchase. This includes holidays, groceries, and electronics.
STEER CLEAR OF HIGH FASHION ITEMS
There are pieces that hit the catwalks and high streets every year that are only ever going to be on trend for a very small window of time. It’s unlikely that you’ll be wearing them in a few years from now, so ask yourself whether they’re really sensible purchases.
Instead, consider buying stylish pieces that you can update with a few accessories. This will give your wardrobe choices much more longevity.
INVEST IN ITEMS THAT ARE LIKELY TO STAND THE TEST OF TIME
This point flows on nicely from the previous one. It’s really easy to pick up fashion pieces for super cheap prices these days. Fast fashion is absolutely everywhere. Think about it like this though… Would you rather spend £10 on a pair of shoes that last only a month, or £50 on a pair that will serve you for many years to come?
Saving on your summer wardrobe isn’t simply about considering what you’re spending right now. It’s about thinking about how to make your money go further in the longer term.
Are you thinking about updating your wardrobe for the summer? How will you be making sure that you stick to your budget?