How to Save Money While Looking Stylish

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Looking good doesn’t mean breaking the bank and spending everything on expensive clothes and accessories. It also doesn’t mean changing an entire wardrobe when the trends change.

The truth is, no one has to be rich to look stylish. There are thrifty ways to look more fashionable, and it doesn’t involve buying new clothes.

With that said, here are several tips to help anyone save money while still looking great.

Do Some Closet Inspection

Many people say they don’t have anything to wear, but that’s far from the truth.

According to experts, most Americans only wear 20 percent of their clothes. So what happens to the rest? Unfortunately, they just stay in the closet until they get damages of some sort or no longer fit the owner.

That alone is a significant waste of money.

The next time someone says they don’t have anything to wear, take a close look at the closet. Chances are, some pieces haven’t been worn before or haven’t been worn that much.

Go for Worthy Buys

When it’s time to shop, be sure to have a budget as that will make anyone think twice about what they’re buying. That means that the shopper will most likely buy the stuff that they actually want and need, more than they will something that simply caught their eye.

Decide on a style, and choose clothing pieces that fit that style. Most importantly, it’s important to feel completely comfortable with clothes purchases. Or else, like others, the new ones will end up in the depths of the closet, never to be seen again.

When shopping, try the clothes on first before deciding to buy them. It’s easier to determine whether they’ll be worn in the future or not.

Sell Anything That’s Not Wanted

Decluttering is a great way to make some space for new clothes. It’s also the perfect way to add some money to the clothing budget.

Sort out what you don’t want anymore, and go sell preloved handbags online or maybe shoes, jewelry, and even scarves that are still in decent condition. The money you get from selling them can be added to your shopping budget.

There are plenty of online platforms that allow anyone to sell and auction the stuff they don’t use and wear. Inevitably, someone will find those fashionable and will be incredibly happy to have those in their closet.

For pieces that aren’t in the best shape but can still be worn, donating them to charities and organizations is a great move.

Trade with Family or Friends

Have some well-dressed friends or family members? Trading some clothing items with them through a swap party helps save money while creating a new look.

It doesn’t need to be an entire outfit. A simple tee can be mixed and matched with existing pieces in the closet. Or perhaps they can be customized to create a new and unique look.

Find or Make Dupes

Found a cute jacket, but it’s way out of the budget? It’s possible to find some dupes in a much-cheaper boutique. For someone good with needles and thread, making dupes is also a great way to save money.

There are a lot of easy-to-follow online tutorials on how to create new clothes. They are easy to follow, as long as someone has the right equipment and tools.

There’s so much anyone can do with a creative mind and a sewing machineeven duplicating designer labels.

Thrift-Store Shopping

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Try shopping at thrift stores. The only thing one needs to find real bargains at these stores is time. The best thing with thrift stores is that they have everything for everyone. Regardless of someone’s style, they’ll likely have a few perfect pieces.

However, the problem with them is that most items are ill-fitting, and most of the time, it’s the only piece available. What you do is buy them and then fix them at home or find ways to make them wearable.


Being fashionable is not about how many clothes someone has or how much they spend on clothes. It’s actually more about being creativemixing and matching existing pieces or altering them to create a new look. 

Sometimes, it does take a little skill with a sewing machine or some extra time looking through stores. The truth is, anyone can be stylish without spending so much money.

As always, thank you for reading!


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Thanks for visiting Doused in Pink, a Chicago style blog. I am here to bring simple style tips and outfit inspiration to help you elevate your everyday style. You will also find posts on the best beauty products, wellness, DIY projects and decorating ideas. My goal is that you leave feeling like you learned something new that helps you feel confident when you walk out the door.

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