Want to spend less on clothing? Here are a few ideas:
- When you are going to buy a nice item of clothing, forget about the trendy styles unless it is cheap. Trends come and go, and then your trendy clothes go out of style. Instead, buy a classic item that will never go out of style. How about a quality white shirt and black slacks? They will never go out of style so you should be able to wear them until they wear out or you outgrow them, whichever comes first. What else is on my classic list? Blue wool blazer or sport coat, PLAIN black shoes and solid color polo shirts.
- To make your clothes last longer, skip the dryer cycle. There is nothing like solar power for drying your laundry. Don’t have a clothes line? Use one of those little fold-up racks. Everyone does this in Europe. The dryer is hard on clothes, especially polyester, lycra and knit fabrics which tend to “pill up” in the dryer cycle.
- Also, hang up or fold your clothes after removal so they won’t get wrinkled. Use thicker wood or padded hangers for heavy items such as suits. Sweaters and knits should be folded instead of hung up.
- If you can live with being ordinary, try wearing clothes of the same color, such as dark green pants and black shirt. Then you can load up on these items on sale. And, you won’t be stuck having to buy an expensive pink skirt to match that orphaned pink sweater. Someone I know has been doing this for about 10 years, and nobody except his spouse has noticed. It also makes life simpler when getting dressed in the morning.