Why I Stopped Spending As Much Money on Clothes

For someone who claims to be a “fashion blogger”, I know this might come as a shock. However, the past year or so, I dramatically reduced my budget on new clothes and I did not even do it intentionally at first. I would say I currently spend an average of $12-15 per month on fashion related purchases, which is quite low considering I would spend 3-4x that amount.

Granted, I have always been parsimonious, but I felt like I needed to be constantly updating my wardrobe in order to provide “fresh” and “new” looks here on Enclothed Cognition. Let’s face it, it is rare to see your favorite blogger photographed in the same exact outfit twice. Naturally, I thought I had to keep up with this lifestyle…until a couple years ago when I had an epiphany.

Style is Still a Passion

And with this new clothing budget, I do not feel like I am sacrificing this at all. I found ways to keep up with my personal style, without breaking the bank. Thus, allowing me to save more money for better, long-lasting investments. For instance, I put the money I saved towards this new website since I had to purchase a subscription to a web hosting site.

Spend Less, Look Good

The first change might be obvious if you are a frequent reader of Enclothed Cognition. I have been primarily shopping at thrift stores the past year or so. I absolutely love the idea of going into a shop not knowing what to expect and what potential treasures are waiting for me to find. It may be hit or miss a lot of times, but if you have the patience and dig deep enough, you can find some really amazing pieces at such an affordable price. If you are more into online shopping, I recommend utilizing Depop or ThreadUp– two awesome resources to find some really unique, gently used clothing. Plus, not only is thrifting easy on the wallet, it is also better for the environment since you are repurposing used clothing and giving it a new home, instead of simply going to the mall.

Related: My best find yet & how to thrift like a pro

Secondly, it is okay to repeat. This millennial digital world normalizes being one-and-done with an outfit after being photographed in it. Yet, not everyone has the budget and resources of a celebrity like Kylie Jenner to do so. Also, let’s be honest, we all gravitate towards our favorite sweater or pair of jeans when there’s no scheduled shoots for the day.

I maximize my wardrobe by styling what I have in my closet as many ways as possible. A lot of the pieces I own are not some outrageous trendy, so I feel like I can wear them years from now. This is why I love more timeless clothing articles. I am far from a capsule wardrobe, but am slowly getting there!

Related: Fall Wardrobe Staple – Black Ankle Boots

When I do find myself shopping at regular retails (online or in-store), I almost always find myself in the clearance or sale section. To be quite honest, this is definitely not a new thing for me. This is just how I am because nothing makes me happier than a good bargain! These sections should not be overlooked though. Sometimes it’s not all out-of-season styles. For instance, I scored these black boots from H&M for only $15! They are already a staple in my F/W wardrobe!

Photographed by DCPNY

Lastly, if you are a fashion blogger like me, really consider how much you spend on clothing pieces you only wear a couple of times. I am so much happier just knowing I am slowly building a wardrobe that is still reflective of me and at a fraction of the price. Just so you know, I am not saying purchasing something at full price is bad! However, if you have the opportunity to save some money why not take it, right? This might be more relevant to some others considering I am just got out of college and am still very much in that “broke college student” lifestyle.

How to Save Money:

1. Try to thrift as much as possible! You just never know what you can find.

Goodwill Locater

Depop

ThredUp

2. Maximize your wardrobe! Play dress up and make new outfit combinations.

Inspiration: 9 Ways to Wear a White T-Shirt by Aimee Song

3. Stalk the Sales! Also, I always check for coupons when I am out!

Retail Me Not

On a side note, I occasionally get some fashion items sent to me from companies, but I have also taken a new approach to blog collaborations as well. I am a lot more strict about who I work with and making sure our values align. This means turning down some opportunities, so only a small portion of what I wear is sponsored!

All About Self-Control

I hope this helps you in some way or maybe just gives you a new perspective on such a saturated industry! Again, I am not condoning those who have a large budget to spend on clothing, but at this point in my life, I just don’t have the resources to constantly be shopping…and I am so okay with this! Sticking to these tips has really helped me cutback on unnecessary spending. That being said, I hope you will continue to check out my outfit posts! In the future, you can just expect even more thrifted pieces – yay!!

 

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41 Replies to “Why I Stopped Spending As Much Money on Clothes”

  1. This post was so helpful! I totally agree that wearing an outfit more than once is not a bad thing. Saving money while looking fashionable is something I’m trying to achieve these days. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. I love me a good deal too 🙂 I doubt I’ve ever met someone who didn’t. In fact, all my luxury pieces were either thrifted or purchased via layaway or pre-loved. I have zero qualms about wearing something that has been through a previous owner. Or two. I wish I had been as discerning at your age though GRIN

  3. I’ve put myself on a tight clothing budget in the past few months and I think rewearing old clothes is resonating with my readers too! I am so impressed at how little you spend on clothes, I really could learn a thing or two about thrifting from you!

  4. I have always liked your outfits and amazed at how many cool pieces you find when thrifting! I am trying to limit my budget as well as saving for a bit of an investment in the not so long future and I also feel it helps my bank account as well as the environment. Of course who can say no to a great bargain? 😛 Happy week, Keri!

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  5. Oh I love this post! One of the reasons I stopped blogging about fashion was because I had to cut back on my finances, but I also lost the passion for it. I much rather see bloggers rewearing the same pieces and having a story behind the outfit or post, rather than “here’s a new trend item look at me wear it!” No substance = blah!

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