It’s a hard world out there for the fashion-forward individual, because constantly changing trends and seasons means the need to also constantly change and swap out outfits.
But not every trendy individual has the spare money laying around to buy new clothes on the regular without shopping around for deals. Here are five ways to get the latest fashion trends cheap.
Plato’s Closet is one of the fastest growing franchises in North America for the sheer fact that it is the best in the game when it comes to buying and selling gently-used but also super-trendy clothes.
Better than average consignment store, Plato’s Closet will only take items that represent the latest fashion trends and for that reason have tons of things to chose from, including cute gym apparel, affordable designer bags and shoes for every season.
On top of that, you can exchange the clothes you’re tired of wearing for money and fund your insatiable shopping habit that way.
Opening a Store Credit Card
If you’re looking to make a big seasonal purchase at a trendy store like say, Express, you can save big percentages on your first purchase by opening a store credit card. You don’t have any commitment to use it, but having a credit card to your favorite store and using it responsibility is also a great way to build good credit. A win-win!
Taking Part in Consumer Surveys
If you’re a big consumer, chances are, companies are interested in finding out more about what you think and what drives you to make purchases.
Through sites like e-Rewards, for example, taking surveys let’s you build up currency that you can use at your favorite stores, like Express. There’s plenty of sites out there so if you have the downtime and commitment, you could get yourself a nice discount off your clothing purchases.
Familiarize Yourself with Sites That Do ‘Flash Sales’
Designer clothing is going to be expensive in comparison to your basic Hanes T-shirt no matter which way you spin it. But if you must go designer, do so by familiarizing yourself with sites that do ‘flash sales.’
All you have to do is register for sites like Hautelook and Zulily and they’re alerts will let you know when they’re doing sales on your favorite designer. Aside from these big sites, lots of brands also do flash sales from time to time so signing up for e-mail alerts is a good idea, too. Just stay on top of avoiding e-mail box clutter and you’ll be fine.
Expand Your Horizons Past Your Favorite Brands: The Flea Market Is Your Friend
If you’re a fashionista, chances are you have your favorite stores that you buy clothes from when you have the itch. But by rotating between the same few stores, you’re NEVER going to be able to find where the best sales are.
That’s why you should constantly be on the look-out for new places and it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll arrive at a place with cute clothes for reasonable prices much more frequently.
And remember, spots like the local Flea Market ARE your friend. Supporting local vendors and purchasing one-of-a-kind clothes? Can’t see the down-side to that.
Learn to Sew Your Own Fashion Trends!
Probably the best way to save money and get the latest fashion trends cheap is to actually sew them yourself. Sewing is a great skill to have and now with the internet, there are hundreds of sites that will help you learn to sew in no time flat. There are also numerous sites that give away all sorts of free sewing patterns so it won’t cost you much to start.
We’ve had a look around to save you some time and we think one of the best sewing sites around is over at So-Sew-Easy.com. There, you’ll find hundreds of free sewing patterns, as well as a huge list of free sewing tutorials from the most beginner to expert and covering some of the latest fashion trends. The ladies there also have one of the most comprehensive lists of helpful sewing tips and tricks that I’ve ever seen. Please check it out!