Fall is fast approaching and it's time to add brand new outerwear, warm footwear and more to our closets. Which also comes with a few credit card swipes. But transitioning your wardrobe doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg! Here are a few tips to maintain your Baddie Life on a budget:
1. Shop Ahead of Season
Most department stores and boutiques keep inventory from past seasons in store until the styles are gone entirely. This means that you might find a few coats, boots and more lingering when spring/summer starts. Or once warm weather comes to an end, the racks usually change a few months ahead of season so customers can prepare for cold weather in advance. And this ties into our next tip...
2. Check for Sales and Clearance
When you shop ahead of season, you're likely to find what you're looking for at a discounted rate. Granted, there may be slim pickings if you're shopping for hoodies at the beginning of spring. But if you wait until the end of summer, you're more likely to catch a good sale on brand new fall/winter items. (Example: Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale.)
You can also find quality, low cost styles at outlet stores like Neiman Marcus' Last Call, Saks Off 5th, Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store or Nordstrom Rack.
3. Strategic Thrifting
Did you know that National Thrift Shop Day (August 17th) exists? Well, it does and thrift stores have sales during the "national holiday" and practically year round.
When we say strategic thrifting, think shopping on a mission. You want to find quality fabrics that last. Fashion influencer, Kia Marie, suggests that you look for materials like 100% cotton, linen and silk. While polyester blends are most popular, they're typically the least durable long term.
"Natural is just…better. For you and the environment," Kia says. "Natural fabrics contain fewer chemicals, are biodegradable, breathable, and overall just better quality and typically last a lot longer than their synthetic counterparts, making them more sustainable."