Mix and match. Before you buy something new for your closet, do some planning. You will get more mileage out of your money and your clothing purchases if you can mix and match items in your wardrobe. Make sure that each top that you purchase can go with at least 3 different items – skirts, slacks, or shorts. The same goes for your skirts and slacks.
Accessorize. Instead of buying a piece of clothing that is very faddish and will be out of style next season, create the new look by using accessories. Find a necklace, earrings, or accent scarf in the current “in” colors and styles. It’s less expensive to buy accessories than an expensive piece of clothing. And, when the style changes next season, it’s easier (and cheaper) to change your accessories.
Shop on-line. Many stores have websites where you can order their merchandise. Many also have virtual outlet stores where you can buy items as one season is ending and the other is starting. For instance, you can find sweaters on sale in February because the spring line of clothing is coming out. You can wear the sweater for at least another month before tucking it away for next winter’s use.
Sign-up for newsletters and coupons. Retailers often send out newsletters telling you of their sales. Sometimes the sales are only available to those who get the newsletter. They also send out coupons that can be added to sales they are having in their store.
Care for your clothing. The better care that you take of your clothing the longer it lasts. The longer it lasts, the less money you will have to spend. Avoid harsh soaps and use gentle ones instead. Avoid drying your clothes in the dryer whenever possible. Don’t leave your clothes in a heap on the floor where they could be stepped on and ripped.