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8 Ways To Shop Smarter When It Comes To Fashion

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Fast fashion has changed the way that we used to shop. Today, there is so much variety and so many clothes that come with the “new season” that an average person can find themselves completely bowled over by the pace.

More often than not, there are times that you find yourself channelling your inner Becky Bloomwood. But just like that particular reformed shopaholic, there are ways that you can shop smarter when it comes to fashion as well. If you’re wondering how, here are some great tips:

1.      Design a smart capsule wardrobe

If you find yourself needlessly shopping and want to curb this habit, then designing a smart capsule wardrobe for yourself can be an excellent way to practice self-restraint. Typically, a capsule wardrobe has a limit of 37 individual outfits (excluding PJs, accessories, or fitness clothing).

The clothes in a capsule wardrobe should define your personal style. You can search for handy tips to help you achieve a more fashionable look, shop the items that complement your body style, and play with colours that complement you the best! Moreover, a capsule wardrobe perpetrates the concept of buying what you need instead of what you want, which is really helpful if you’re a mindless shopper.

2.      Cost-per-wear

This is a simple formula that tells you what a piece of clothing might cost you according to the number of times that you wear it! For example, a $100 party dress that you wear two times a year will cost you $50 per wear. However, $100 jeans that you wear fifty times a year will cost you $2 per wear. This formula is a surefire way to shop smarter when it comes to fashion!

3.      Know your size

A great way to shop smarter when it comes to fashion is by knowing your size. Some people end up accidentally buying things that are either too small or too big. The best way to avoid this is by jotting down your measurements (chest, shoulder, hips, arms, etc.) on a notepad for reference. You can also memorize which size (S, M, L, XL, etc.) fits you the best from certain brands.If, however, you end up loving a piece of clothing that’s not available in your size, then you should get acquainted with a professional seamstress who can help you alter that particular piece of clothing.

4.Work with a set budget

Mindful shopping always starts by setting a budget for yourself. It’s all about knowing your limits and working with them. You don’t need to max out your credit card on a thousand dollar dress that you’ll wear to some potential party in the distant future. It’s best to know your income, set out a budget for buying clothes within that limit, and refrain from overextending yourself.

Similarly, you don’t need to bust your bank account to replace fixable items. If there’s a favourite piece of clothing that requires repairing (for example jacket zipper repair, etc.) then you can also have it fixed by contacting a professional tailor. 

5.      Always look for the best deals

The worst feeling in the world is when you buy a piece of clothing at full price, just to watch it go on sale a few weeks later. There are coupon websites like Dealhack Canada, where you can find promo codes. Promo codes can help you save money by helping you reduce expenditures. It will still be a considerable saving even if you use them moderately. This is why one of the best ways to shop smart is by waiting to buy your favourite clothes on sale. You can join that brand’s email lists and look for discount codes over the internet to get the best offers!

6.      Shipping costs can double the original price

When shopping online from overseas websites, it’s best that you take note of the shipping policies. Often, you find a product at an amazing price, but paying the expenses of customs can double the original cost.

Therefore, you might end up paying double the price (or more, depending on the policy of your country!) when getting your items. The best way to avoid this kind of mishap is by thoroughly going through the company’s shipping policies and the rate of your country’s custom charges. If they suit you, then go for it. If not, you can try to find a better deal elsewhere.

7.      Thrift shopping for the win

Secondhand shopping is a great way to shop smarter when it comes to fashion. You might have to dig deep, but you can find some delightful gems at a rare price while thrift shopping. These days, things have become even easier as there are Instagram pages and entire websites dedicated to providing the best quality vintage or pre-loved items. Buying from them not only helps reduce fodder for landfills, but helps reduce demand for newer goods as well.

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