5 Ways To Stretch Your Clothing Dollars


Build Your Wardrobe Around One Basic Color

We are always looking to save money and make the most of what we have. Here are 5 tips that will help you make your clothing dollars go further.


1.    Build your wardrobe around one basic color and only purchase things that can be worn with that color. Choose a solid color that flatters your skin tone as your foundation neutral.  Foundation neutral colors are black, navy, gray, or brown/camel.

2.    Buy clothing in colors that are good in all four seasons. There are a number of colors that can work all year long. Reds, blues, cocoa, camel, beige, light grays, black, olive, and purple will work whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter.

3.    Stock up on classic style clothing.  We can all use classic clothing items like the “LBD” (Little Black Dress), the trench coat, classic white shirts, etc. These pieces can be worn for years. By adding an accessory they can be brought up-to-date in a matter of minutes. Read Tim Gunn’s 10 Must-Have Clothing Pieces.

4.    Look for clothing in fabric weights that can work in 3 or 4 seasons of the year. These are called transitional fabrics. Examples of transitional fabrics are lightweight wool, wool jersey, challis, flannel, rayon, crepes and silks. They are wearable most of the year with the exception of in extremely hot or cold weather.

5.    Know what pieces of clothing you need before you go shopping and look for those items when there is a sale at your favorite boutique and / or department store.  That means organizing you clothing and auditingyour wardrobe.  An audit is taking a clothing inventory and an opportunity to get rid of things that you do not wear, don’t fit or things that are out of style.