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How to Save Money on Clothes: For Women

Updated on June 9, 2016
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Erin Shelby is a freelance writer. She blogs at


Shopping for clothes can be a pleasure, but when the budget is tight, it can be a stressful experience. If you’re a woman wondering how to save money on clothes, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some simple strategies you can use to remain stylishly clad without breaking the bank.

Solid colors help you save money on clothes

When your clothing budget is limited, choosing solid colors and classic pieces can save you money on your clothing budget. For example, choosing solid-colored pants instead of patterned ones can easily allow you to mix and match with tops that have patterns. Solid-colored clothing is also less memorable than patterned clothing. This comes in handy if a solid-colored item becomes a staple in your wardrobe as you're mixing and matching items.

Choose classic clothing pieces

If your clothing budget is tight, you may be tempted to just shop according to price and no other factor. However, when you have a small budget, it’s even more important to look for pieces that will stand the test of time. If you’re looking for dressy clothing, consider pieces that have always been in style, like pinstripe pants. If you’re travelling during the winter, consider pieces that aren’t likely to wrinkle, like a satin-feeling, warm pair of pants.

If frequent travel is part of your lifestyle, look for pants like these that won't wrinkle easily.
If frequent travel is part of your lifestyle, look for pants like these that won't wrinkle easily. | Source

Consider your lifestyle

The bigger your clothing budget, the more room you have to buy items that you won’t wear often. However, when you’re on a modest budget, it’s even more important to consider your lifestyle. Does your line of work require formal dress or permit jeans and sneakers? Do you frequently travel? Carefully considering your occupation and lifestyle can allow you to find ways to save on your clothing budget.

Low-maintenance clothing saves money

Clothes can quickly become ruined when stains resist treatment. As you’re shopping, consider whether you want to deal with the hassle of buying a plain white shirt that will do nothing but attract dirt. Also think about other ways that clothes can be high maintenance- those items that require lots of ironing or dry cleaning. To save time and money, look for pieces labelled wrinkle resistant and machine washable. Charter Club, for example, sells pants that include Teflon, a stain repellent.

Want to save money and time? Look for clothing that repels stains, like these pants from Charter Club.
Want to save money and time? Look for clothing that repels stains, like these pants from Charter Club. | Source

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      5 years ago from South Florida

      All of your advice is excellent. I sew most of my own clothes and most of my husband's. I used to sew for my son as well but since I taught him the basics when he was about 11 he has been doing it all for himself. He is much more skilled than I am now. Great hub!

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      6 years ago from USA

      I like the solid color and basic pieces idea and using occasional splashes of color with incidental items like necklaces and scarves.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 years ago from SW England

      Fortunately I no longer have to be too worried about money but I still think it's sensible to consider these ideas. A few basic, solid coloured clothes are useful. Black, dark blue and grey can be jazzed up by bold or patterned colours and you've got a new outfit every time! The classic black dress still appeals, I think. Scarves can make a huge difference to outfits and they're not expensive.

      Good advice for all here, Erin.



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