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Save Money When Buying Clothes

Updated on March 23, 2018

Clothes Can Be Expensive

I love clothes, but I hate how much nice clothes cost! I don't think it's fair that I should have to pay to not be naked, people should be paying me for that! But if, like me, you like your clothes but you just don't have the money for them, then there are ways you can a lot of money, but still look fantastic.

Take Good Care of Your Clothes

You have paid good money for your clothes, it only makes sense to take care of them. Always follow the washing instructions and tumble dry things as little as possible. Try not to wash things too often, as much as the washing machine will clean the, even a delicate cycle isn't good for clothes. Use the lowest heat setting possible and be really careful when you iron things.

Charity Shops/Thrift Stores

The snobbery about charity shops seems to be going away thankfully, more and more people now realize that charity shops are great for 2 reasons

1. You're helping out a good cause

2. You're getting stuff at a great price

I buy loads of my clothes from a local charity shop, Cornwall Hospice Care, all of their clothes are £1 an item. You have to root through a bit, but I don't mind rooting through to find a pair of brand new John Rocha jeans for £1!

You have to dig for the treasure at Charity shops sometimes, but you can find some great stuff at a quarter of the price it would be brand new.And as for the hygiene thing? Most charity shops clean and steam clothes before they are put out, but washing them when you get them home will put your mind at rest.


If you can't live without your designer clothes, try renting them instead of buying them. Places like Rent the Runway and Bag Borrow or Steal allow you to rent designer stuff without paying the crazy price tag!

Fix Your Clothes

Learning how to make some simple repairs to your clothes can save you a fortune and stop you having to throw away clothes that you love. Basic sewing skills are not hard to learn, if I can do it, anyone can.

Learning how to sew a button back on or fix a ripped seam can save you a lot of money, and once you start, you will be hooked on fixing things, who knows, you might even discover a new hobby!

Beware of the Zip

One of the biggest culprits for ripping clothes in the washing machine is zips, always zip your jeans up before washing them to reduce the risk of the zip tearing anything more delicate.

Shave Your Clothes

I know that might sound weird, but shaving your clothes with a cheap razor can remove those annoying bobbles that develop. Just be gentle and don't go over the area too many times or you will damage the fabric.

Disposable razors are good for this as they are cheap (stores own ones work as well as any other) and you don't have to worry about making your expensive razor blunt.

Make Sure it Fits

Even the most expensive clothes will not look good unless they fit properly. Always try things on before you buy them and you will avoid having to take anything back. Because let's face it, we have all bought at least one item that didn't fit and never taken it back!


If you can't afford a lot of different outfits, try wearing some different jewelry with the clothes you already have, a bold statement piece or a new watch can really make an outfit look different.

Costume jewelry and accessories can be bought really cheaply and you can create so many new looks.

Borrow Stuff

If you only have to wear an outfit once, try borrowing it from someone else to save you having to spend loads of money on it. Always look after it and return it clean, it's only fair.


If you have a lot of friends who are a similar size to you, see if they want to swap anything with you, it's always worth asking.

Buy The Basics

Buying a wardrobe of fairly plain or basic colours might seem boring, but you can make a few clothes go a long way if you dress these up with eye catching accessories. It's a great way to create a new look on a tight budget.

Don't Get Dry Clean Clothes

They might look very nice, but they are impractical and expensive. Items you don't wear very often such as tuxedos or really expensive dresses are okay, but to get day to day dry clean items is going to cost you a lot of money.

My brother once bought dry clean only socks, I didn't even know they made such a thing!


If your jeans have a hole in the leg, don't throw them away, make them into cut off shorts. The same concept applies to any of your clothes, if you can turn them into something else, do it. If you are stuck for inspiration, a quick Google search will give you some good results.


Buy cheap, plain clothes and make them look like they cost a fortune by customizing them yourself. You can get loads of things to customize clothes with, you probably even have things on your home that you could use! Just start small and add more as you go, you don't want to look like you let a child loose with a glue gun.

You Can Get Nice Clothes That Are Cheap

Clothes can be expensive if you buy them brand new, but if you take care of them and use your imagination a little bit, you can create a whole new wardrobe with only a few items.


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