It goes without saying that you should shop the sales. And fortunately, the internet makes that very easy. Most of your favorite department stores and other online shops have e-mail alerts that will notify you of upcoming sales and special offers. You can also sign up for flash sites like Gilt Groupe, ideeli, Haute Look and many others. These sample sale websites offer deep discounts on designer goods, and an opportunity to earn credit from referring others.
You don't need to update your entire wardrobe at the start of each season. Instead, change your look by changing your accessories. Hot handbags, funky hats, silky scarves, costume jewelry and other accessories can change one outfit from classic to whimsical to minimalistic to retro.
We would all love everything we own to be from top designers, but unless you have a trust fund, that's not realistic. Fortunately, many designers have recently made more affordable collections for stores like Kohl's, Target and Kmart, and many labels have different lines in various price ranges. For example, maybe you can't afford a Marc Jacobs bag right now. So instead, look for more affordable options from his Marc by Marc Jacobs line, which is priced less expensively for the masses.
Don't splurge on trendy items that might go out of style next week. If you have some extra money in your fashion budget, spend it on classic pieces that you'll be able to wear over and over again. Leather handbags, diamond earrings, classic pumps, cashmere sweaters, suede boots, peacoats and other versatile staples will be a part of your wardrobe season after season.
Even if your clothing budget isn't huge, bargain hunting can be a whole lot of fun. Take your time and comparison shop, and don't be afraid to purchase gently used items, as opposed to brand new. At thrift stores, flea markets, consignment shops and estate sales, you can find beautiful treasures at a fraction of the new retail price. You might have to shop around until you find the pieces you want, so learn to enjoy the hunt!
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