How to save on your wardrobe is a topic that keeps coming up when I’m assigning Signature Colors so I thought I should address it. If you know me, you know I’m all about shopping on purpose and saving money. There are times when you need to spend a little more for high quality pieces and other times you can skimp and it’s fine. So here are some thoughts on how to
save on your wardrobe.
Most wardrobes should have a mix of high-end and affordable pieces, depending on your marjority lifestyle. It’s fun to grab a funky blouse for ten bucks just to wear for a date night now and then! But when it comes to your dress pants for work, you’ll probably want a quality pair that will last for years (and maybe even the same pair in two colors).
Do you have a piece of clothing you splurged on, absolutely love and wear all the time and think, “Worth every penny!”? Do you have items in your closet you bought on sale but rarely or never wear? Maybe you’re even someone who splurged on an item then hardly ever wore it and every time you see it you feel guilty. That’s where this comes in:
cost per wear
What does that mean? Here’s an example:
You spend $100 on a great pair of jeans. You wear them twice a week for a year. That’s a cost per wear of $1.00!
You spend $100 on a cocktail dress you wear twice in a year. That’s a cost of $50.00 per wear.
In that scenario, it’s smart to invest in terrific jeans and to borrow the cocktail dress from a friend.
It boils down to spending more on the items you’ll get the most use out of.
If you skimp on the jeans, the $40 you spend isn’t worth it if you never wear them. The cost per wear is high even though you spent less!
Think about the cost per wear before every wardrobe purchase.
I wrote about the 5 questions to ask before any wardrobe purchase right here.
What about wardrobe staples?
Now let’s say you live in basic tees all summer and you know you’ll wear them out. Consider spending $9 each for a nice variety that you’ll donate or retire to your pajama drawer at the end of the season.
If, however, you wear basic tees in black, white and red year round to work, you should think about spending $40+ each for nicer ones that will wash and dry well and last a few years.
Classic pieces vs. fun pieces
When it comes to the perfect blazer for work, the dress you live in all fall, the classic black boots you adore or the bathing suit that makes you feel like a million bucks, you want to get good quality.
If you’re still experimenting with your style or you know you’re hard on your clothes, by all means shop the sales and secondhand for a bargain.
Shop on purpose
The key if you want to save on your wardrobe is really to know your
…and keep a shopping list.
When you know what you have and what you need, you can buy the $150 blazer or the $10 pair of snazzy embroidered flats knowing you’re making a smart purchase.
You can invest in the pieces you need to last and have fun playing with the pieces you know will come and go.
Once you get a handle on your wardrobe, you’ll have a better idea of what you love to wear. I always tell my ladies, “When you feel yourself gravitating toward the same pieces over and over again, you can make a point to find them and spend the money or be on the look-out for those pieces to go on sale.”
If you struggle with knowing what you have and what you need, my ebook will help you declutter and organize your wardrobe! Get it for $9 here.
I hope this helps you save on your wardrobe!