Frugal Clothing Tips | How To Dress The Best For Less

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Frugal Clothing Tips

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Dressing your best does not have to cost a fortune. There are many ways to look great every day without having to constantly repeat outfits, or sacrifice your mortage money. With a little thought and planning, you can keep yours and your families’ wardrobes fun and fresh, while at the same time remaining fashionably frugal! Follow our Simplee Thrifty tips below for dressing like as a rock star, while saving money at the same time!

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You don’t have to go to a pricey high end department store to get the hottest looks. Thrift stores, yard sales, and online yard sales are fantastic places to find hidden treasures. Many people get rid of brand new clothes because they simply don’t fit right. Some people just don’t have the time or inclination to bring fashion mistakes back to the store. What doesn’t look good on someone else, may make you look fabulous! Yard sales and thrift stores are also ideal places to find children’s clothes. Because kids grow out of their clothing so quickly, you can usually find like-new children’s clothing for pennies on the dollar.

SHOP SMART (No Implusive Buying)

Consignment shops usually offer trendy and often brand name like-new clothes at rock bottom prices. If you have clothes that you no longer wear, you can trade them at a consignment shop for store credit, or earn cash to spend elsewhere. If you prefer to swap clothes from the comfort of your home, online swapping sites like Thred Up are becoming increasingly popular. On this site, you can send for a paid envelope to send in your gently used clothes. Once the site receives your clothes, they will give you store credit based on how much they are worth. Whatever clothes they don’t accept will go to charity, or you can have them sent back to you if you pay for postage. If you don’t want store credit, you can get cash for your clothes via PayPal.


You can find fabulous name brand clothes at discount stores such as Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Ross and Ebay for a fraction of the cost. Super-stores like Walmart and Target are also great places to find trendy clothes and fashion staples for much less than you would pay at a mall department store.

Always look for discounts and coupons before you go shopping. Check online for printable coupons and discount codes. Pick out your favorite stores and sign up for newsletters if they have them. You will often get coupons and discount codes emailed to you long before the rest of the public.  Many stores will ask you for your birthday and will send you special discount coupons or gift certificates on your special day.


Try to avoid buying clothes at the beginning of the season unless it is absolutely necessary. Plan to shop towards end of the seasons when stores are trying to get rid of excess stock. To get the lowest clearance prices, buy off season. Buy summer clothes in the winter and winter clothes in the summer.


Make a monthly clothing budget and stick to it.  This is especially important if you have a large family. Plan out how much you can spend on each family member. After you figure out how much you can spend, make a list of the clothing pieces that everyone needs.  Bring this list with you when you go shopping.  It will help you stay focused and avoid impulse buys.

CPW (Cost-Per-Wear) Is it worth it? Will you wear it again? Is it versitile?

Before you shop, go through your wardrobe to see if you can dress up what you already have. Sometimes instead of buying new clothing pieces, you can buy less expensive accessories such as fashion jewelry, scarves, and handbags, to give an outfit a fresh new look.


Don’t buy an outfit just because it looks good on the model or on your best friend. Not all cuts and colors of clothing are going to flatter every body type. Know what your body type is, and buy what looks best on you. You may have an apple shape, pear, hour glass or rectangle shaped figure. If you are not sure, do a quick search on the web to find out what you are, based on how you look in the mirror. Also, know what colors best suit you based on how dark or light you’re your complexion is. For example, someone with a pale complexion is usually more flattered in cool colors like blues and purples. Keep all of these factors in mind when selecting your clothing. This way, you won’t end up with a bunch of costly mistakes in your closet that you never wear.

Don’t spend a great deal of money on trends. If you just love a new trend, buy it at a discount or super store. If you have the patience, try to hold out a few months until it goes on sale in a department store.  You don’t want to spend a great deal of money on something that will only be in style for 1 season.  If you are going to spend big money, spend it on basic wardrobe staples that will last you for years, such as tank tops, jeans, the little black dress, and a blazer.

Try to steer clear of too many clothes that are dry clean only, because dry cleaning costs can really add up. While it may be necessary for evening clothing, or interview attire; normal every day work, school, and lounge clothing should be machine washable. Also, try to use a clothesline to dry your clothes. You will save money on utilities, and it is less wear and tear on your clothing which will help them last longer.

Whether you are dressing for school, work, or a night on the town, it is possible to be fashionable and remain within your budget. With a little preparation and planning you can find fantastic wardrobe pieces for you and your family while remaining frugal. You will look great on the outside, and feel great inside knowing you got some hot bargains!

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What thrifty tips do you use while being fashionable? 

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  1. Nice tips…wil try some of them for sure.

    Thanks, June
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  2. Im 4′ 10″ tall, and a size 18 (through steriods). I can never find anything that fits. Petite clothing shops are waaaay out of my price range, even online and are still several inches away from fitting. I have no money and struggling; I can only afford the £1 rail in charity shops. I also have extra wide feet with bunions so no shoes either. I am depressed because I have spent my entire adult life in tshirts and leggings or jeans, converse style shoes (only shoes wide enough) and cant wear heels because of my feel and a bad back.
    The clothes are always a bad size, very old ugly and pilling, out of shape and hideous. I am seriously struggling to find ANYTHING to wear. I am sick of looking scruffy, I am a sexy and outgoing, albeit alternative lady in my late forties. I want dignity and style…
    If I were a size 8 or 10 there occasionally are great little finds in charity rails, but not my size. The tiny sizes cater for short waists, narrow shoulders etc. 🙁
    If I could find cheap clothing to fit, I would beg borrow or steal and invest in them. But I cant…


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