How nice it would be if we all had enough money to be able to buy the latest fashions. Unfortunately, there are more of us that cannot afford those designer labels than can, but there are ways you can keep up to date without spending a fortune …
Check Out The Charity Shops
Check out the charity shops in the right places and you may be surprised at the quality and how modern some of the things they have for sale are. This may not be the case if your local charity shop is in the countryside, but head for some of the big cities like London or Manchester and you are more likely to find the things you are after.
Even with the cost of travelling, if you use say Next or Debenhams discount codes to keep the cost of the hotels down, you can still save a lot of money and be fashionable. These large cities have many charity shops in their centres, and a weekend stay can give you the time to scour them all.
Car boot sales are another place to pick items up cheaply, especially if you leave it till towards the end when people are desperate to sell.
Watch Out For Flash Sales
Wherever you are, keep your eyes open for flash sales. Look online as well. These happen quickly with very little notice and often are only for a few hours, but they can save you a fortune. Even the big brands hold flash sales from time to time.
Look Closely At Your Wardrobe
Fashions have a habit of being repeated, so take a close look at the clothes shoved to the back of your wardrobe. In fact, you should perhaps look at your moms and your grandmother’s wardrobes as well. You may just be surprised how a small alteration to something that is years old can make it appear as good as the latest fashions.
Visit Factory Shops
When a factory receives a large order, they always make more than they need in case they hit a snag along the way. Any surplus is known as ‘cabbage’ and it is accepted in the clothing industry that this will be sold off in the factory shops at a reduced price. You could find the latest fashions on sale in these outlets, and only pay half of what you would on the high street.
Some areas have whole shopping centres that are only factory shops, and these are definitely worth a visit.
Check Online Auctions
Online auctions often have the latest fashions, and depending on what people are prepared to offer, you may pick up some real bargains in this way. The secret with them is to set yourself a price and do not be tempted to go above it, otherwise you could pay more than you would in a store.
It does not have to be costly to follow the latest trends if you are prepared to spend some time looking around the various places and to be a bit creative with what you find. It’s much more fun too!