SHOPPING ON A BUDGET

 

Looking to save some money while still holding on to your style game? Here are a few tips I think you’ll enjoy…

Also Read: Best Grooming Tips For Men To Up Their Style Game 



GO FOR THE CLASSICS

Fortunately, men can wear something that’s several years old and not look dated, because most of what’s out there for men is classically styled. Fill most of your wardrobe with timeless staples instead of trendy ones, and you’ll get the most out of your clothing.


Here are some items that have been adopted into the eternal wardrobe of men:

White button down shirts
The trench coat
Black suit
Sports Jacket/Blazer
Overcoat
Oxfords (classic dress shoes)
Polo
Ties
White T-shirt
Sunglasses
Jeans (a lighter casual pair and a darker dressier pair)

You can create so many combinations of outfits by stocking up on these items and mixing and matching them together. For example you can wear a colorful polo underneath your blazer, with dark jeans and your oxfords.  You can also wear a white dress shirt with light casual jeans and some stylish sneakers. Learn to mix and match and create multiple looks.

USE ACCESSORIES TO CREATE DIFFERENT LOOKS


Once you have the classics in your wardrobe, you can create dozens of looks just by getting some new accessories. Instead of getting new dress shirts, get some stand-out new ties and you now have dozens of new combinations you can create with your blazer/colored shirts.

Just by getting a new hat, scarf, or by changing the shoes you wear, you can create a new look with the same shirt and pants. You can find accessories for a lot less than other pieces so utilize this to get the most out of your outfits.

ONLY BUY WHAT YOU NEED


Sounds like common sense, but when you start shopping for less and learning how to get bargains, you can easily get sucked into wanting to buy more things. You’re under the illusion that you’re saving money, but in reality you’re not.

Whether you’re spending ten thousand naira on one shirt, or buying twenty items for five hundred naira, you’re still spending ten thousand naira. Ask yourself if you REALLY need what you are buying. Would you buy it even if it wasn’t on sale? Favor quality over quantity.

When you absolutely need something, find the most flattering thing that’s on sale. If nothing is marked down from full price, make do with what you have until it does.

BUY SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR FOR LESS



Unless you’re ridiculously rich, and love to remind yourself of this fact every time you take of your shoes or go to the bathroom, save money on socks and underwear. Save money for the pieces where the premium in price will really communicate or show in the quality.

Capitalize on the fact that when it comes to underwear, socks, solid colored tees, or even belts, you can find them really cheap and get away with nobody noticing the difference.

SHOP ONLINE


Shopping online can be a great quick and easy way to find clothing for less. The only downside is that you don’t get to try the material on, but it can be great if you know your exact size and there is a return policy.

A good way to shop online is to first try things on at a retail store, getting a feel for which of their sizes fit you best, and then jotting down the exact model number of the item you want. Now when you search for it online for less, you can be guaranteed that it fits.

BEFORE YOU SHOP…


One of the biggest mistake people make is to go shopping for something without first thinking about what they already have in their closet. Sometimes, you’ll get a new item and have NOTHING in your closet to go with it, so you have to go out and buy more items to go with your new item. This is not smart shopping.

Make sure you always know what you have at home before you go shopping, so that you can match accordingly. Sometimes you’ll be surprised at what you dig up. You may even rediscover some awesome clothes you never wear. Now you have more clothes to wear without even going shopping!

TRADE CLOTHING


Get together with family or close friends and trade clothing or accessories they never wore, or got bored of after a few light uses. If your friends have great taste in clothing and you don’t care about it being worn, this can be a great way to save and get some great items.

If you wash the clothes, it’s the same as picking it up at a store (where dozens of people try on the item anyway).


CONCLUSION

There are lots of ways to build your style and avoid the temptation of spiraling yourself into debt with shopping. A little smart shopping will go along away, but remember that a few quality pieces are better than a wardrobe full of low quality ones. Start with the classics and make them the foundation of your wardrobe, then slowly add in new accessories or special items.

There is no need to have each item of an outfit be expensive or outstanding. All you need is one classy piece and have everything else compliment it. For example you may have a REALLY nice pair of shoes that you like and you can wear just a t-shirt, jeans, and a pair of shades with it. The shoes will be the main show and show women you have style. It’s all about keeping the balance between trying too hard and not trying at all.

Now you have more reasons to go out there and start building your wardrobe. Pls kindly share this article so your friends can get inspired as well.Xo
SHOPPING ON A BUDGET SHOPPING ON A BUDGET Reviewed by Ibitoye Tolulope on January 23, 2017 Rating: 5

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