On average, women spend roughly $160 per month on clothing and other wardrobe items. Whether you fall above or below that average, making the most of your wardrobe choices can help stretch your budget as far as possible.
While there is bound to be some impulse purchases you fall in love with and simply must-have, shopping with a plan can help you better put your budget to use. Keep reading to learn a few simple tips to help you make the most of your wardrobe year-round.
Choose Staples That Go From the Office to a Night Out
If you’re like most working women, you know how annoying it can be to have to cultivate two separate wardrobes. Work clothes aren’t always fun, trendy or comfortable enough to wear out or on the weekends. But, then again, your sweats or mini dresses just won’t cut it in the office.
To make your wardrobe stretch further, seek out pieces that can easily work for a day at the office and a night on the town. Take, for instance, a trendy bodysuit. This stylish layer is sleek and can be worn under a jacket and ponte pants or a midi skirt for work. Then, remove the jacket or add a short skirt or skinny jeans for a sexy evening look.
Look for Clothing You Can Enjoy Year Round
If you live in a climate that experiences different seasons, you know your wardrobe budget must be distributed between warm weather items and layers for colder temperatures. But if you know what to look for, you can get more bang for your wardrobe buck by choosing pieces to enjoy year-round.
Simple tees and bodysuits can be worn on their own with shorts, pants or skirts, or with a jacket or sweater in cooler weather. Lightweight cardigans are year-round staples. Then there are flowy dresses, which can be paired with a long sweater or leather jacket to keep them out of storage through the winter.
Keep it Classic, So it Never Goes Out of Style
Yearly trends come and go. And while splurging on something new each season might not be a big deal, having to replace your entire wardrobe when trends inevitably change can be a major drain on your bank account.
You’ll get far more value from your wardrobe if you mostly stick to classic staples.
Neutral colors like black, white, tan or gray never go out of style, while simple staples like a black bodysuit or perfect white tee can be mixed and matched with any outfit. Finally, classics like a moto jacket or your favorite black skinnies will keep you feeling comfortable and confident.
Plus, these classics and staples make the perfect backdrop for experimenting with some of those trendy pieces. When you do shop for the latest styles, go for a big impact in your pieces and then accent them with the rest of your classy, and timeless wardrobe.
Getting More From Your Wardrobe
To make your wardrobe budget go further, start rethinking your fashion choices by choosing staples that you can dress up for the office or down for a night out.
Then, find simple ways to wear your favorite pieces year-round, regardless of weather conditions. And finally, keep your basics classic so you can enjoy them year after year without worrying that they’ve gone out of style.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement.
We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written.
In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to “Get All A’s”.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?
I’ve accepted that I am where I am and that’s a good thing.
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?
I have found that when I appreciate everything I’m in a good space. I need to be more mindful of my tolerance of others.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us what makes YOU most proud? Share the goals and dreams that you still have?
I’m proud of living my dream of an alternative lifestyle on a smallholding surrounded by animals. My dream is to make enough time to write and paint more.