Fashion is so fast paced that it can become overwhelming to stay “on trend” these days. You end up buying things you didn’t even knew you needed or wanted. One day you’re just scrolling through your Instagram feed, see an outfit you love, and all of the sudden you need that Chloe cross body every fashion blogger is wearing. I am definitely no expert, but here are five tips and tricks that help me spend my money wisely so my roommate does’t kill me because I spent my rent money in a US$1000 purse.
1) Look for affordable alternatives. Let’s face it not all of us can afford spending US$600 on a clothing item all the time. If you try to buy all the items of your favorite outfit from the most influential bloggers and celebrities, you are most likely to spend more than US$1000 in total. Instead of giving up on trying new styles because of the price tag, try to find a similar piece from another brand. Nowadays stores like Zara, Forever21, Asos, and Steve Madden focus on delivering similar runway styles at a more affordable price. It may not be the same exact piece but sometimes they are pretty darn close and nothing hurts more than spending US$200 on a black dress and then finding the same exact one for US$50.
2) Keep it in your cart for a while. You know what they say, if you love something let it go and if it comes back it was meant to be. Something I like to do when I’m online shopping is to select the items I want and leave them in my cart for a week or two. Yes, sometimes they go out of stock and I have to wait until they restock them, but if I come back to it after a couple of days and I find that I don’t crave the item as much, I just saved myself some money and closet space.
3) Take into consideration your body type. Most of us have had the experience of wanting to buy a particular piece of clothing so badly that we forget to see if it looks good on. Hasn’t it happened to you? Having pieces in your closet that you’ve never worn because it doesn’t fit right? Pay attention to your body type and look for pieces that flatter and accentuate it. Try the items on before buying them and take a moment to see if they feel comfortable. If you do this, chances are you will want to wear all the clothes in your closet because they all fit you right. Wear whatever you want and like as long as you are happy but remember that feeling comfortable in your clothes will make you look and feel confident.
4) Trends come and go. You don’t have to buy all of the latest trends. Celebrities and fashion influencers are most of the time given the latest items to showcase for the consumers to buy. Most of the things they wear they get paid to wear them…you don’t. If you like a trend, rock it, but if you don’t like something don’t buy it because it’s IN right now. Instead of following trends try to incorporate them to your own personal style. In the end, the people who stand out the most are the ones who are different from the rest.
5) Don’t be afraid to splurge on the good stuff. It’s good to spend a little extra money on some fashion items. In my opinion, it is important to invest in a good pair of jeans, a nice leather jacket, a sturdy bag, and some killer shoes. Remember, the cheapest option isn’t always the best option. A good pair of jeans can last you a lifetime; you don’t want to have to run to the store every time your US$10 jeans rip, get some nice J Brand jeans and you won’t regret it.
Bottom line is be smart with your money. Trends change constantly so make sure you know what you like and what looks best for your body type. When you find a piece you love or you see an outfit you like, look in places like Zara, Forever 21, and Asos for more affordable versions. If you are not 100% sure you want to buy something, leave it for a while in the cart