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Jun 19 2012

Fashion On A Budget – Possible?

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How important is fashion? Well, considering the industry rakes in over $150 billion dollars a year, clearly it’s important to a lot of people. Trends come and go and the good ones, stay around forever or make come-backs – fashion is an integral part of cultural definition. It is a form of self expression and a means by which designers, seamstresses and tailors can convey their art and creativity. Both men and women enjoy a fashionable existence as what you wear is also a facet of communication, a means by which you say something about who you are, what you do and what you’re about.

There are many things you can do to achieve a fashionable wardrobe without taking out a second mortgage. The first step is being realistic – no one likes debt and certainly not debt incurred as a result of attire. It is always a good bet to be creative with what you have and look within what you already own to create new looks. After you’ve recycled all you can with what you have, the next step may be discount shopping. A good idea of this for example: If you love clothes from the Gap, why not use Gap coupon codes to shave a few bucks off the price tags?

Here are a few tips that you can use to add flare to your wardrobe without setting fire to your wallet!

  1. Whenever you go shopping, please ask for a discount. You have nothing to lose in doing so as the least that a clerk can say is no and the most as they can say is yes. There’s an art in doing this – chances are you are willing to pay the price on the tag if you’ve gotten as far as the checkout. Don’t be haggardly and demanding, just ask firmly but politely. You have to make them WANT to give a discount because most times clerks and store managers won’t see the benefit of doing so.
  1. When the fashion season is almost to its end, that’s the best time to get in on sales and pre-sales. Stock from the ending season takes up a lot of room and represents money lost if it is not sold. Nothing is physically wrong with clothes items that remain at the end of a season and this can happen for several reasons – sometimes items are overstocked either in error or overestimation of sales and other times certain designs are just not as popular. If you enjoy a challenge and like having some extra money for other important things, take advantage of the surplus and browse the internet for ideas on how to use your sale and pre-sale items.
  1. If you want to make sure that you don’t overspend, give yourself a budget or rather, enforce a budget by all means necessary. A good idea can be realized by the purchase of gift cards or certificates. When you’re shopping on the regular days, pick up a few of them and when the new season starts shop with those instead of cash or credit cards. Don’t walk with your cash or credit cards when you go shopping with gift-cards – set yourself this budget and stick to it!

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