Searching for fashionable clothes that are good quality and affordable at the same time can be a struggle. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on clothes but still wear comfortable, stylish outfits, and if you believe in sustainable fashion there are a few tips and tricks to follow...
1. Choose clothes that are made of high quality fabrics. Mass market brands might have a lot of styles and designs but the quality is often disappointing.
How many times have you bought a shirt from a big brand to have threads coming off in a few days? You are not the only one. It seems that over the years the quality has been going down but the prices keep going up. That’s just frustrating!
How many times have you bought a sweater only to find the seams coming apart, buttons falling off, zippers getting stuck and the material changing shape and stretching beyond recognition? It may have been cheap, but if you are throwing away clothes after wearing them only a few times, you are just wasting money (and time). Not to mention, our earth’s valuable resources.
Cotton and linen look expensive, feel cool, and comfortable and are made of sustainable materials. (100% cotton does not need synthetic substances to manufacture unlike synthetic fabrics.)
2. Don’t shop randomly!
See a pretty top? Don't buy it impulsively! Found some cute shoes? Can you really combine them with the clothes in your wardrobe?
Choose colours and styles that you can match with items you already have in your closet; this means deciding beforehand what items you need to create new outfits, and going out to find them specifically. Shopping clothes without styling ideas in mind can lead to a wardrobe with mismatched styles and colours that will just uselessly hang there for years and eventually get thrown out or given away.
3. Invest in the basics for your closet.
When we say the basics we mean those suitable to your style of dressing but for most women that can be summed up into:
- a couple of elegant white shirts;
- a little black dress;
- a warm winter coat;
- a denim or leather jacket;
- a couple of cardigans (preferably neutral colours or black, but white is fabulous too);
- a suit (pants or skirt);
- a versatile blazer;
- some long pants;
- the timeless black skirt (pencil skirt or classic style);
- your favourite Sanammos T-shirts.
Handbags are the most important accessory that every woman carries and let’s be honest, we all love those luxury brands but not everyone can afford them. Our advice is to never buy fake bags (and that goes for everything else too) because they do look fake and they don’t last! Try to find an established mid- range brand that will be affordable for you and choose sizes that will suit the purpose you are buying them for. Essentials: a clutch bag, a tote, a backpack, a briefcase.
5. Buy the right size!
Clothes that are too tight or too loose are a waste of money. Hoping you will lose weight and fit into those pants is a classic example of clothes shoved into the closet and forgotten. Get the size that is just right for you and if you order something that doesn’t fit send it back!
6. Take care of your clothes.
Always follow the washing instructions on the labels, taking care to clean stains as soon as they happen. Leaving dirty clothes or stains for a long time means that they might not come clean and you will have to throw them away.
7. Learn to do simple sewing.
It might seem strange to some, but many women can’t sew on a button or stitch seams together because they have never learned how. It’s very simple to sew and you can ask a friend or relative to teach you so that you don’t have to pay others to do it, or just never wear something again because it’s torn.
These simple ideas can help you make the right decisions when you go shopping so that you can look good and stylish, always in fashion but without spending a fortune. Shop wisely, invest in classic outfits, match with the right accessories, and organize your closet to make dressing up easy and fun!