Monday, 8 May 2017

How To Be Thrifty and Fashionable


Using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully.
"he had been brought up to be thrifty and careful"

synonyms: careful with money, provident, prudent, canny, economical, frugal, energy-efficient, energy-saving, fuel-efficient, fuel-saving, sparing, scrimping, abstemious, parsimonious, penny-pinching, miserly;

I want people to admit right off the bat that the word 'thrifty' doesn't conjure up visions of glamour and style. Generally, when we think of fashion, we think of the glittering red carpets looks of celebrities that cost thousands, or painstakingly presented luxury handbags in the windows of department stores. We certainly don't think about resourcefulness and money-saving when it comes to fashion.

And yet there are so many small adjustments we can make to the way we consume fashion that renders it easier on the wallet - I've collated a few tips that I (as a semi-fashionable person) will help you to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to looking great.

1. Online Consignment Stores
Initially, an American concept, the idea of consignment has gone global thanks to the world wide web! Great quality products are sold by a third party via websites such as Vestiaire Collective, Rebelle and Trendlistr.Because the items are all vetted, you can be assured store quality products at a fraction of the original cost. 

2. Rework & Restyle
Even those with no knowledge of sewing can make small adjustments to their outfits to make them feel (almost) brand new. Wear an oversized men's' shirt off the shoulder, rolled up your sleeves, pin a brooch to a tired blouse, die an item with Dylon to change it's look completely! The possibilities are really endless, you just need a bit of inspiration. I love searching for street style looks on Pinterest for new ideas.

3. Swishing
Clothes swishing parties are gaining in popularity across the globe. Swishing or 'swapping' is a very cheap, sustainable and fun way to renew your clothing. Most events have a system to ensure that the higher quality products never get 'traded down' for something, so you needn't worry about wasting your own items. Many also allow people to 'carry over' points they've gained from putting clothes into swap, so if you can't find any you like or that fit, just come back next time! Mrs Bears' is a personal favourite of mine.

4. Dress Agencies
Most towns have a Dress Agency, even if you may not know it! Also often called preloved boutiques, these shops take in high-quality preloved clothing from individuals and pay them a portion of the sales price when they are bought. Dress agencies are particularly good for wedding outfits and party dresses, as these are items that people only tend to wear once or twice! Check out this directory to find your nearest UK dress agency.

5. The Outlet Is Your Friend
True story, last week I sauntered into TK Maxx and snapped up a brand new Sonia Rykiel dress (£RRP 325) for 20 quid. How? I looked in the unassuming clearance section and put aside my prejudice that everything there would be soiled, ripped or a size 4. The staff at the store explained to me that they have a system by which items on the shop floor for more than 6 weeks are steadily marked down in price, even when they are still in perfect condition. I'm wary of some outlets who pass off designer items made cheaply for them as truly authentic, but head to the sale section of the designer rails and you will likely find hidden treasure!

I hope that I've given you some inspiration on how to be more thrifty when it comes to fashion, too often people just say that 'charity shops' are the solution to cheaper clothing without remembering that there is a world of cut-price clothing out there that's often more current, high quality and less time consuming than going through rail after rail of charity shop fare. If it's high-quality vintage that you love, check out my website Trendlistr - we've just launched and we're a marketplace for curated, on-trend vintage so you can get great, exclusive fashion for high street prices!

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