4 Tips for Reinvigorating Your Closet on a Budget


By Miranda Dorsey

When it comes to clothing, I have often been told that I have expensive taste. And I’ll be honest, this has gotten me in trouble in the past.  However, if you follow these tips, you’ll find that you have more money to spend and more clothing in your closet.

  1. Shop “New” Items… And Then Wait.

Even though I’m a huge fan of shopping the “new” section of every store, or spending hours sorting through all of the different categories that every clothing website has to offer, I know that this is one of the worst ways to find deals.  Because why would a company put something new to their store on sale if they don’t know how popular the item will be yet? Instead, I’ve started to shop for new items, just as I always would, and then wait for them to go on sale. My Google Chrome account contains an entire folder for clothing items I’m waiting to go on sale. It sounds like something obvious, but it’s been a game changer for me.  

2. Check out the Clearance or Sale Section.

On top of waiting for my favorite items to go on sale, make sure you always check out the sale/clearance section of any website. I’ve noticed that they don’t always list sale/clearance items in the regular sections of the site, so it’s important that you check both sections just in case.  This way, you’re saving money while still finding adorable items to add to your wardrobe.

3. Don’t Fall for Gimmicks Designed to Get You to Buy.

I’ll be the first person to admit that I’m a sucker for sales. Whenever I get an email from a company proclaiming that this is it – the biggest event to ever happen – I can’t help myself. It’s not easy, but developing self-control is key when it comes to saving money on clothing from higher end brands. Another common gimmick is the “Only ‘x’ Items Left!” line. This line has been my enemy for quite some time, because who wants to miss out?  I sure don’t. And of course, if I don’t order the limited availability item right now, right this second, someone is going to come along and do it for me. But this is exactly what they want you to think. Don’t give in to this gimmick just because it seems like an item is going fast. Instead, monitor the item to see how fast it’s actually selling. In most cases, an item that is not for sale with just a few left will be safe to wait to purchase.  

4. If an Item Sells Out, Poshmark is Your Best Friend.

One of my favorite websites of all time is Poshmark. The premise is simple enough. You list the old clothing that you don’t want anymore, and someone finds it and buys it. It’s eBay exclusively for clothes. However, unlike thrifting, it’s easier to search and tailor the website to exactly what you’re looking to buy. I’ve found so many amazing designer pieces in new or like-new condition listed for much less than the sticker price. For example, I bought one of my favorite Gal Meets Glam dresses for about 70% off the original listing price. You can even save searches in your browser and go back later to check for more products that have been newly listed, which is something I do for some of my favorite brands.