Clothes can be expensive
Clothes can be expensive and stylish pieces can be downright over the top expensive. My buddy Dave was just texting me the other day saying he almost bought a $460 pair of jeans. Thankfully he didn’t pull the trigger, but I’m sorry, $460 is a lot of dough to drop on a pair of jeans, I don’t care who you are. Today, we’re taking the opposite approach and talking about really affordable ways you can pick up new items at great prices.
Wear it at least three ways
Okay, first on my list is to not buy anything unless you can think of three different ways you can wear it. For example, that shirt you’re looking at… is it a super bold stripe that you can only wear with black trousers? Is it so bold that you can’t wear it as much as you’d like because every time you wear it, your friends are like; Oh hey, here comes Bob in that crazy stripe shirt again. Bold pieces like that are memorable, so stay conservative with your pattern choices and make sure there’s some versatility if you add something new to your wardrobe.
Stick to your color palette
Next, stick to a color palette that you’re comfortable with. If you don’t wear purple and you don’t have anything you can pair purple up with, don’t buy it, no matter how bad ass it looks on the mannequin. Now, before I contradict myself because I’m always talking about trying new things and stepping outside your comfort zone. But if you’re on a budget, there’s better ways to get that new “outside the box’ item without paying full boat retail.
Shop at Nordstrom Rack
And that’s a perfect Segway into my next tip and that’s to shop at Nordstrom Rack. Nordstrom Rack is sponsoring this article and I’m VERY happy about it because I shop at Nordstrom Rack all the time and I’ve mentioned them in other videos. Probably a third of my closet, and what I spend my own money on is from Nordstrom Rack. This is where style meets savings all under one roof. You can always find the brands you love up to 70% off. Nordstrom Rack makes it easy to shop any way you want: in store, online or through the Nordstrom Rack app.
They have a lot of the brands and current trends found at Nordstrom, all at super amazing low prices. They have apparel, shoes, accessories, items for your home, luggage, fragrances and more with new styles added every day. Click this link, and for a limited time, if you haven’t downloaded the Nordstrom Rack app yet, download the app and get $5 off an order of $50! Or click on this Nordstrom Rack Link and get all the brands you love at up to 70% off!!
Take a look at the video I linked above to see what I picked up recently.
Sell, or buy used
Next on my list of how to be stylish on a budget is to Sell, Donate or buy used items. There’s times where I go through my closet and find things that I’ve only worn once in a video. If I’m not wearing it and I need to make space in my closet, I’ll put it up for sale. If you’re uncomfortable with buying used, try to get over it because think about it… everything you own and wear on a daily basis is used, but you still wear it.
Now, on the topic of buying used, the next tip I have is to go thrifting. Now, truth time, I don’t go thrifting that much. But, I gotta say, every time I do, I always have a great time and I always find a great deal. If you’re on a budget, don’t be afraid to AT LEAST go check it out. With everyone spending more time at home these days, there’s a lot of de-cluttering and donating happening, so there’s a great chance you can score something amazing at a great price.
Buy pieces in the off-season
The next tip I have is to buy things in the off-season. I mean, how much are swim trunks marked down in the fall? A lot, right? Same goes with jackets and sweaters. Look at the Clearance section and try to buy those seasonal essentials after the demand has dropped. The selection might not be what it was in-season, but you’ll be happy you waited for what you WILL find.
Avoid brand logo’s
Next up, and if you made it this far, hit the thumbs up button to let me know you’re still here, because I appreciate that very much. The next thing is to avoid Logo’s and branding. For example, a plain black t-shirt without a logo could be $15 or $75, but nobody can tell because it’s not branded. Also, the older you get, the simpler and more sophisticated you style gets. So at this point in life, you’re probably not looking to flex brand names all over yourself anyway. Focus on the quality of the fabrics and the fit.
Utilize a local tailor
Okay, it’s bonus tip time! That’s right, I’m throwing in one extra bonus tip because I like to under promise and over deliver. The bonus tip is to use a local tailor. Like I mentioned earlier, I got a great deal on those trousers from Nordstrom Rack, but I do need to spend a little more at the tailor to get them hemmed. Since I didn’t spend that much on the items, there’s still room on the budget to get them to fit me perfectly. Also keep that in mind when you’re thrifting. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the better your clothes fit you, the more expensive and stylish you look.