Your midterms are in full swing, your brain is fried, the travel plans are booked and all you can do is anxiously wait for Spring Break. For those of you going somewhere warm this Spring Break, you might want to take this opportunity to update your wardrobe. Just remember, updating your wardrobe does not have to cost a lot of money! Here are a few ideas to keep your new wardrobe within budget.
- Make a list beforehand, while leaving just a little room for “impulse buys.” Decide on what would make your new wardrobe awesome beforehand. If you don’t, you might be leaving with more shopping bags than you can carry. Making a shopping list can help you avoid buying something you don’t need or actually want.
- Take inventory of what you have. You do not need 20 new swimsuits for your trip. Repeats of what you love aren’t a bad idea, but that doesn’t mean you need one of every color. Mix and match your outfits, especially your swim suits! Keeping track of what you already have will help avoid impulse shopping as well.
- Avoid the malls, unless you’re shopping clearance rack. There is no point in paying an extremely high price for something you can buy at another store for so much less. Stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s occasionally carry these “mall brand” items in their stores for a lower price.
- Don’t be “too cool” to use coupons. This is an obvious one. Look online for coupons. Use your rewards card for the store. Look through ads to see when and where the sales are. Any way you can save money means more awesome clothes for you. BUT, do not open several store credit cards just because you could save 15% on your purchases. I promise you, this is a bad idea.
- TRY THINGS ON. I can’t say this enough. Although I am guilty of breaking this rule, it is very important in saving money and time in the long run. Unfortunately, sizes are NOT universal. Size 4 jeans in one store might not fit like size 4 in another. It is important to try things on to see if they fit and if you like the way you look in that article of clothing.
- Borrow from your friends! One thing I miss more than anything from college/high school was borrowing my friends clothes. It was so fun to just walk into your roomies closet and pick out an outfit for the day (with their permission of course)! Plus, the best part is it’s free! Check with your roommate or best friend to see if there are a few items you could take with you on spring break to make your wardrobe feel new. Just don’t lose anything or you may never get to borrow from them again!
As young adults, we do not have a lot of money just to throw away. Buying clothes, sadly, is no exception. Buy things that you like and that you can wear often by mixing with a lot of things you already have. Last but not least, remember “quality not quantity” when buying a new wardrobe!