I must say, I enjoy fashion and dressing well. Certainly, there are different perspectives and opinions on what is fashionable, but generally, I think people are considered fashionable when they are wearing the latest styles and trends.
If you were to open a copy of a grocery store fashion magazine (GQ, Vogue, etc.), you’d come across what’s hot and hitting the streets in fashion today. But, you’d also notice the prices are astronomical. Who can afford the thousands of dollars these clothes cost? Perhaps those walking down the red carpet, but that’s not reality for most people!
So, if you enjoy being fashionable, but don’t have the cash, how can you wear the latest styles? I’m certainly not a fashion expert, but I think you can dress well and not spend a lot of money doing it. After all, the key to dressing fashionable doesn’t doesn’t have to be about the brands you buy, rather, it’s more about how you shop. Try these tips on for size!
1. Know What’s Fashionable
You can’t really guess when it comes to knowing what clothes are stylish or fashionable. What you might think looks good might very well be something that high kids in high school were wearing back in the 80’s? So, how do you stay on top of the latest trends? Subscribe to a fashion magazine. Again, you’ll see the most expensive clothes and fashion, but it’s the ideas you’re after and not the brand name! Look at the colors, the types of shirts, pants, accessories, etc. Figure out what you like best and then consider the next tip…
2. Shop in the Right Place
If you live in a large metropolitan area you’re probably accustomed to certain malls that have department stores and other shops with all the major designers. You’ll find the latest styles and trends you saw in the magazines in those stores listed at the top retail prices. But, that’s not where you’re going to shop! There are plenty of stores such as Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Ross, etc. that sell great brands and styles with big discounts. The trick in buying fashionable clothes in these stores is to visit them often. Set aside clothing money in your budget each month and visit your favorite discount clothing stores 2 – 3 times per month. Also, ask when these stores get new shipments and plan your visits the day after the shipments arrive. You’ll get the latest arrivals at the best prices!
3. Shop at the Right Time
Certainly you know that summer clothes are most expensive in summer and so on. It’s best to shop off-season as much as possible to save money. While you might not buy the latest styles as soon as they hit the stores, you’ll save tons of money by shopping off-season. And do styles really go out that quick for the typical crowd of people? Let’s face it, most of us aren’t modeling in New York City each week. The rest of America are months behind and can still dress fashionable!
4. Check With Your Stylist
If you’re married you may not realize it, but you have a personal stylist. You may not realize it but your spouse (especially wives) can help you dress fashionably well. I lean on my stylist all the time and she helps me when I go shopping to make sure I’m not purchasing some ridiculous looking shirt! Guys, let’s face it, most women have a better read on style than you do, so pay attention to what your wife says before updating your wardrobe.
Do you enjoy dressing well and being fashionable? Are you able to do so on a budget? If so, let us know your tips in the comments!
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