The New Year is often a time for reflection and positive change – and this time around we’re ushering in a new decade. In amongst your plans to exercise more, advance your professional skills and build better relationships, is it time you updated your wardrobe too? Brits consume more clothes per head than any other nationality in Europe, but shopping for new looks doesn’t have to mean buying in bulk or breaking the bank. Follow these three simple tips to revamp your wardrobe on a budget.
Invest in quality items
While it may be more budget-friendly to buy cheaper items in the short-term, poor quality craftmanship could leave you having to fork out for replacements sooner than you might hope. When it comes to essentials such as shoes and coats, these costs can quickly add up.
Investing in quality items, less often, will always pay off in the long run. Look for promises of durable materials and high-class manufacturing, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The initial outlay may well be higher – but it’s easy to spread the cost with a credit card or other methods.
Shop second hand
Once looked down upon by some, second-hand clothing has been rising in popularity for several years now. Scouring charity and vintage shops can be a great way to unearth discounted gems that you simply won’t find anywhere else. You can still do your shopping online, too. The social marketplace platform Depop has gained 11 million users since launching in 2011, with many now making a living from selling quirky or customised items through the app. Search by brand or style to see if you can pick up a bargain.
Resell unwanted clothes
As our personal styles and body shapes change over time, it’s natural to fall out of love with certain items of clothing. That doesn’t mean somebody else won’t fall head over heels, however – and reselling your unwanted garments is a great way to recycle them and recoup your investment.
Resale platforms such as eBay and the aforementioned Depop are easy to get started on, while Facebook Marketplace is particularly convenient if you want to avoid arranging delivery. Clearing clutter will also help to keep your newer items in better condition as you’ll have more space to store them.
Is there anything you’ve got your eye on in the January sales? Follow these three tips all year round to build a better wardrobe for less.