Fashion lovers buy more than 80 billion new clothes every year. According to FashionUnited, that’s 400% more than what we were consuming just two decades ago. At the same time, the prices of fashion items are increasing continuously. So how do you make sure you don’t spend too much on fashion?
According to UK Style Consultant Samantha Herman, people often confuse fashion with style.
“Fashion is temporary, style reflects who you are. And it doesn’t require a big budget,” he tells Metro. “If you don’t know your vision of style, it doesn’t matter if you have $10 or $100,000 to spend on clothing, you still won’t feel good about it.”
Hermann said: “Many of us get carried away by trends. We think this latest apparel will make us ‘cool,’ but have you noticed that the coolest people you know never seem to follow trends?
According to the expert, it’s better to use Pinterest to get inspired and start narrowing down what you love about certain outfits: is it color, shape, pattern, texture?
“Knowing yourself and what you like is the key to good style. Because from there, you can buy with a focus and you won’t waste your money on things you don’t like very much or don’t like.” ,” he says.
But what about practical tips? According to experts, you should never buy blindly and always keep something specific in mind. If you like to consume fashion online, set up saved searches on sites like eBay so that it alerts you when something appears in the category you’re looking for.
“We splurge on a fancy suit for a wedding or event that we will only wear once. It’s better to rent those things and invest in what you wear every day. If you buy quality basics, you’ll never have ‘nothing to wear’. Your clothes will last longer and you will save money in the long run”, concluded Hermann.
To learn more, Metro spoke to Jody Filogomo, founder of Jody’s Touch of Style.
“Trends are cyclical, which means that if there’s a ‘new’ trend in stores, chances are you can find something similar second-hand from a few years ago. Buying second-hand isn’t just for the environment and your bank balance.” better, but it also adds some variety to your style.”
, Samantha Herman, UK based style consultant
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fashion
According to Euromonitor, the size of the global clothing and footwear market shrank by -18.1% ($1.45 trillion) in 2020. McKinsey says the fashion and apparel industry faced a 20% drop in revenue for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
The global clothing retail market is expected to grow by 7.5% to $1.84 trillion in 2022 and to $1.95 trillion in 2023 with a growth of 6.1% in 2022-2023.
Jodi Philogomo, Fundadora de Jodi’s Touch of Style
How to make sure you don’t spend a fortune on fashion?
—Ask yourself: “Is there something like this already in my wardrobe?” Because the truth is that we usually only buy things that we already have. Although we think details do matter, most people don’t pay attention to all the little details. So buying 10 different white blouses is not smart.
Another tip is to always check sales shelves. Especially late in the season (like right now), when you can get summer items for a bargain. You still have time to wear them and besides, they will look great on you next year.
How viable are swiping and ratings?
– A great way to turn what you don’t want into a treasure for your friend. This is wonderful because it can include things that have no shape such as jewelry, hats, bags…
For rent, I think it’s the perfect way to find a dress for a special occasion that you would otherwise spend a ton of money on, but only wear twice. And the best part is, you don’t have to find space in your closet to rent clothes.
And second hand clothes?
Thrifting is great because you can find great treasures to bargain. Not only are prices lowered, but many stores also have special days when some items cost less than the price tag. For example, our Goodwill stores have $1 Thursdays, where a certain color tag means the item is only $1, which is the perfect way to get a great confection for very little money. Another thing I love about Thrifting is that you can find a much bigger selection of colors than in stores.
How to find the best deals online and offline?
– You have to look at sales and discounts to find the best deals. I always suggest that you make sure you get emails from your favorite stores so you know when the sale will take place.
Another tip I have for online shopping. When you find something you want to buy, put it in your basket and don’t pay for it. Many times smaller stores will send you a discount code to entice you more to buy it. Or search for the discount code online in “Store.” Sometimes you will find someone who will work for you.
And if you find an item that has repairable tears or small stains, be sure to ask the clerk for a discount.