As summer is upon is it is time to place our heavy woolen winter coats in the back of our wardrobes and to re-invent our look in keeping with the latest summer styles. However, for many of us, the idea of having to buy a whole array of new clothes at designer problems will be either daunting, impractical or impossible particularly as many of us are having to watch our wallets these days. Thankfully there are a few hints and tips that can be followed to make sure it is possible to get fantastic, warm, vivacious summer style whilst sticking to a budget.
One money saving tip is to buy a dress that can be used in a number of different ways and could suit a number of different settings. At the moment, for example, Nineteen Twenties’ style Maxi dresses are making somewhat of a fashion comeback. The fantastic thing about them is that they can easily be used, to equal effectiveness, for day dresses or evening wear simply by swapping shoes and accessories. By wearing sandals with a maxi dress during the day, the outfit is fantastically comfortable and ideal for formal occasions yet simply by switching to heels or wedges the dress is transformed into an elegant piece of formal attire. By looking for items that can be appropriated for different occasions means, in a fashion, your shopping bill can be halved.
Timing your purchases
It is possible to capitalize on the old saying “out with the old, in with the new”. Just as you, yourself, will be planning to make room for your new clothes in your collections so too will high street stores. By mid to late July every year, they will begin to sell all their sandals and summer gear at knocked down prices to clear room for their incoming autumn collections. This means you can catch the tail end of the summer in heavily discounted clothes or, with a bit of foresight, be all stocked up for next year with incredible savings.
One man’s trash, as they say, is another one’s gold. When clearing out space in your wardrobe for all the new items you are to buy don’t simply throw away all the dresses you feel you won’t need any more; any dress that you feel is wearable by someone else should be kept. Although it would be simple to just bag up your old clothes and throw them in the bin it could be worth seeing if you could swap any of your dresses with friends or at clothes exchanges. Failing this there are several other options which include setting up your own Etsy or E-Bay account to sell the clothes (the money raised can then be invested in your new trends), or failing that old dresses can be used for their parts or their material for you to re-appropriate. This brings us to our last tip.
The cheapest way to find the styles you want for cheap, and it is not an option that is appealing to everybody, is to make it yourself. Purchasing the material you want is much cheaper than buying a designer dress and it also means you will have complete control over the way the outfit looks; if you want to color block with two largely bold and seemingly incompatible colors it is up to you or, if you’d prefer, you can modify older dresses so that they are more suitable to you. Raid your own wardrobe and update your old dressed that don’t fit any more or look for vintage outfits you can easily change; floral prints are in trend these days so older dresses should not take too much needlework to alter into the killer style you wish. Although this option takes the most amount of work it is also by far the cheapest.
[box] Kieron Casey is a fashion writer who blogs regular on the latest style trends and blogs about shoes online.[/box]