Have you ever gone shopping only to come home with a few items that never get worn? It’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of shopping and buying new things, but your wallet can take a hit if you’re not careful. If you’re tired of wasting money on clothes and makeup you never wear, then COLORCODE® has the perfect solution for you! In this article, I share four tips on how to shop smarter so you can stop spending money on clothes and makeup you don’t wear!
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Spending money on clothes and makeup you don’t wear is a waste.
Shopping for fashion is fun and can be a wonderful way to express yourself, but spending money on clothes and makeup that you won’t wear or don’t need can add up quickly.
In fact, the average person spends over $1,000 a year on clothes. And more than 50% of women claim that 25% of their wardrobe is never worn. That means you are wasting over $250 yearly on clothes never worn! (source)
Not only does this spending eat away at your budget, but it also wastes precious resources since clothes and cosmetics are often thrown away unused.
Why do people spend lots of money on clothes?
People spend money on clothes for a variety of reasons. For some, it is a way to express their individual style and creativity. Others use it to make a statement about themselves or their values. It can also be an avenue to show personal wealth or status. For some people, spending money on clothes can also be seen as an investment since quality clothing items can often last longer and provide more value than cheaper alternatives. Additionally, clothes offer comfort, protection, and practicality.
“It is seen as a status symbol and therefore releases serotonin, which boosts confidence and makes us feel good.” (source)
4 Tips to Save Money on Clothing and Makeup
It’s not always easy to stay on top of your daily fashion game while watching your bank balance. But guess what? You don’t have to break the bank for trendy and stylish clothing or makeup looks.
Whether you’re a teen trying to find some pocket money-friendly pieces, a college girl wanting to save for tuition and textbooks, or an overwhelmed mom looking for ways to cut costs without giving up her sense of style – I’m here with four amazing tips that’ll help you make all these things happen!
There are so many fun (and wallet-friendly!) ways to look fashionable without spending too much money. So if you want more bang for your buck this season and beyond, keep reading because I’ve got all the secrets!
Tip #1: Take Inventory of Your Closet – what do you have, what don’t you wear, and why
Before you start spending money on clothes and makeup, take the time to go through your closet and take an inventory. Ask yourself what items you have that you don’t wear, how much they cost, and why don’t you wear them.
Then make a pile of the clothes and makeup you want to keep – be realistic about what you’ll actually wear. Lastly, sell, donate, or toss/recycle the clothes and makeup you don’t want anymore.
Use the money from selling your clothes to buy new pieces you will actually wear!
This will not only help you save money in the long run by spending on pieces that you know you’ll actually wear but also allow you to get rid of any outdated styles or items that no longer fit your current style.
Tip #2: Research Your Colors Before You Buy More Clothes and Makeup
Shopping smart and building a wardrobe you love is all about understanding which colors and styles look the best on you. To do so, seasonal color analysis is perfect for identifying which colors are most flattering to you.
Once you know what shades of makeup and clothing suit your complexion, you can fill your closet with pieces that will make your beautiful eyes twinkle and teeth sparkle!
Keep this personal color analysis handy, as it’ll help you when shopping so that you don’t spend money on things that won’t make you look amazing like they should.
Shopping smart can be an adventure – it’s all about finding out what works best for you.
At COLORCODE® we offer digital consults that take you less than 5 minutes to complete! We take the guesswork out of finding flattering colors for your complexion and help you find styles that inspire you. When you book your COLORCODE® Consult, we determine the most flattering hues and versatile articles for your wardrobe capsule and beauty bag according to your skin tone, hair shade, eye color, and style identity.
Tip #3: Create a List of Wardrobe Essentials Before You Shop
Shopping for clothes can be so much fun, but it can also be a huge waste of money if you don’t plan ahead (as you already know!). Before you buy something, start creating your minimalist capsule wardrobe!
List out all the essential basics that will make up the foundation of your wardrobe – think basic tees and comfy denim pieces.
This way, you’ll know exactly what you need to buy before stepping foot in a store, preventing any impulse purchases.
Do the same for makeup too! Think carefully and create an edited list of must-haves that are both fashion-forward and timeless to ensure that every product purchase is overdelivering on value.
With a minimalist capsule wardrobe as your guide, you’ll find yourself shopping smarter instead of spending money on clothes and makeup you’ll never wear.
As part of our COLORCODE® Companion App we include a personalized Wardrobe Capsule Builder that allows you to create a complete wardrobe in no time.
Tip #4: Use Your Budget to Buy Quality Pieces That Will Last
Shopping smart doesn’t mean you need to break the bank by spending a lot of money on clothes! Tip #4 to save money on clothing is to use your budget to find quality wardrobe pieces that last.
Investing in minimalist capsule pieces such as timeless blazers and trousers, a classic LBD, and statement tops can go a long way, giving you an effortless style that you’ll be able to wear time and time again!
Quality over quantity should always be your mantra; durable fabrications, well-crafted details, and expert tailoring are always worth investing in, so don’t skimp on these finishes if you want clothes crafted with longevity in mind.
So instead of that $5 sale rack item you’ll wear once before in shrinks in the wash, opt for a $50 version in your seasonal color palette you know will last you years!
It might not seem like it initially, but investing in better quality clothing and makeup items can save you money in the long run since they’ll stand up to regular wear and tear.
Shop smart fashionistas! if you’ve ever said, “I hate spending money on clothes,” – the key is to buy items you love with lasting power that will help you create head-turning looks without breaking the bank!
Inside our COLORCODE® Companion App, we include a Shopping Corner that allows you to shop efficiently by only showing you quality clothing, makeup, and accessories tailored to your unique season.
The key is to look for quality over quantity – investing in well-made staples that can be styled differently each season will be more affordable than spending frivolously on trendy pieces that may go out of style quickly or never even get worn!
How to buy clothes you’ll actually wear
Shopping for clothes and makeup doesn’t have to break the bank. By following these four tips, you can shop smart and save money on your wardrobe essentials in the long run. And don’t forget – if you want to save even more money, get your seasonal color analysis done before you go shopping! It’ll help you figure out which colors look best on you so that you can buy clothes that make you look and feel your best.
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Using color theory I not only help you determine your seasonal color analysis - but help you shop by colors!