When I have no money but want clothes this is what I do
I don’t know why but I’ve always had a gift for being able to find the best pieces of clothing for the least amount of money. Sometimes even entirely free. This superpower of mine has been very helpful this past year since I’ve been saving money like crazzzzzy, and now I’m going to share all my little tips, tricks and hacks so you can do the same.
Sit back, put another nickel in your piggy bank and get reading.
Thrift store (duh)
Give me $20 and a thrift store and I will come out with a million (mmm okay, slight exaggeration) different new outfits. Seriously though, the thrift store is where it’s at,. You just have to know what to look for, okay?
First off, don’t bother with anything that is a trendy, fast-fashion item. You know the brands I’m talking about so I don’t need to say them, but just don’t even bother with them. They were already cheap and in bad condition before they landed at the thrift store, so being pre-used mean they will fall apart in seconds. Also, KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR IMPERFECTIONS. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found something in otherwise perfect condition, that I really really like only to discover that it has some weird little hole or stain upon further inspection. Not cute.
So, this is what you WANT to look for:
a) good brands/ good quality pieces (obviously!)
b) Anything in the men’s section (usually in better condition because of better construction)
c) Wardrobe extenders (pieces that will allow you to wear what you already have in your closet in different ways)
Another note on the wardrobe extenders; Outerwear pieces like coats and jackets are especially good for this, because they can switch up the look of an outfit so seamlessly. They also help in transitioning an outfit from day to night or between seasonal weather changes.
Look at me just dishing out the fashion advice.
Your Mom’s/Dad’s/SIster’s/Brother’s/Boyfriend’s/Girlfriend’s/> insert anyone here < closet!
Okay, depending on whose closet you’re raiding (with permission of course) what you find will vary, but the guidelines remain the same; Look for older pieces. C
lothing from the 80’s and 90’s is overall sturdier, but also it’s back in style. Which seems like relatively quick turn around time to me, because it was only like 30 years ago after all. That’s not the point though, the point is look for older pieces.
Last month my dad was getting rid of some of his stuff and I snagged one of his old sweatshirts. It’s a beautiful faded green colour and really over-sized on me so I can wear it as a dress or with little shorts peeking out a the bottom. Super fancy, right?
Around the same time my boyfriend’s mom was cleaning out her closet too, and she gave me this little floral sundress with buttons up the front. It’s super comfortable and will probably end up being my go-to dress for the rest of the summer. I love it a lot.
Another key thing to keep in mind is that it’s important to let the people you want to raid the closets of know that you want to raid their closest. That way when they do want to get rid of stuff you’ll get first dibs on it ;)
Your own closet (I know, what a plot twist)
This last one is totally not fun but most of the time it works.
If you ever have pieces of clothing that are out of season or you just don’t really like that much, instead of just getting rid of them, put them in a bag in the back of your closet and leave them there.
Wait about a month or so, or until the next appropriate season to wear them rolls around then BOOM. Take those suckers out of the bag.
You’ll either fall back in love with them or you’ll absolutely hate them. Either way you probably forgot you even owned the items in the first place, and discovering them buried at the back of your closet will be a joyous and rewarding event. Like Christmas morning, or waking up and realizing it’s Saturday. Oh the pure bliss.
There ya have it. This concludes my tried and true hacks for how to clothe yourself when money is tight, and not the good kind of tight. The I-parked-a-little-too-close-to-the-car-beside-me-and-now-I-have-a-dented-door-kind-of-tight, so ya not good at all.
It’s okay though, just be smart and save your money kids :)