Clothing can take a big bite out of your budget if you do not learn frugal clothing strategies. To save money you must learn to make the best use of the smallest amount of clothing.
This article is for women. It is about the need to buy the correct pieces to stretch wardrobes, and how to use all of the clothes in your closet.
Many women have huge closets of clothing, but they don’t wear all of them. The obsession with clothing and shoes in our society has gotten ridiculous. Sometimes price tags are not even taken off items that hang in closets. What a waste of money.
The best way to make good use of your clothing is to mix and match that which you own, and wear everything. This can be done by mixing-and-matching items and dressing them up and down.
Here are some tips to help you with some of the basic pieces in your closet.
Jackets serve two purposes- fashion and warmth. You can find Jackets in fabrics from velvet to corduroy. There are conservative cuts, and trendy pieces. If you want to build a frugal wardrobe, stick with the classics. There are many classic cuts, from double breasted to the classic channel jacket.
There are so many ways to wear jackets. Invest in one good jacket, wear it over and over, and the price per wearing becomes only a few pennies.
The High Powered Business Jacket
This jacket is usually very dark, (black, navy or gray) and is worn with a skirt (or pants) in the same color. It is worn with a shirt that is also in a dark color. Not everyone looks good wearing all dark colors, but this is what you wear when you want to look very conservative.
Regular Business Attire
You may soften the look of your outfit by wearing a white shirt, or a shirt in a pastel color. You can also mix the fabrics and colors. However, the jacket and skirt should be classic in style and conservative in color.
Take the same black jacket, and relax the look even more by wearing a colorful shirt or sweater under the jacket. Wear a more patterned skirt or pair of pants. Give a little more personality to the outfit with colorful jewelry.
Finally, for very casual wear, use your jacket with your blue jeans. The jeans should be in a more formal dark wash.
Sweaters are another versatile piece in the frugal wardrobe. Once again, sweaters serve two purposes- fashion and warmth. Sweaters come in several styles, are made of knitted fabric, and almost always soft and snuggly.
Sweaters are knit from many types of yarn, from heavy ply to very thin yarn. You want to buy sweaters that will last, so don’t choose any with a very loose knit.
Again, there are conservative and trendy cuts. If you are buying a cardigan (which functions as a jacket), you want to stick with a conservative cut. However, you can be more stylish with pullover sweaters. Knit fabrics do not last as long as other garments. The fabric often tears, snags, and ravels.
Here are 4 basic ways to wear sweaters.
Under a Jacket
As mentioned in the jacket section, you can wear a sweater under a jacket for a more casual, yet dressy appearance. To make it more interesting, you can also wear a blouse under the sweater. Sweaters look good when dressed up with both scarves and jewelry.
Combined with a Blouse
Sweaters can achieve many looks when worn over blouses. You can improve the appearance of many of your blouses by topping them with a sweater. Many blouses and sweaters are now are made with 3/4 length sleeves. This provides the opportunity to wear a long sleeve blouse under a sweater with 3/4 long sleeves, and then roll up the sleeves on the blouse.
Sweaters look great worn alone over skirts or pants. Again, both jewelry and scarves look great on sweaters.
Blouses will be one of the least expensive items in your wardrobe, and here is where you want to have a variety of colors and styles.
Blouses are worn close to your face, so you do want to be sure and buy them in colors that flatter your face.
Unless you work in a conservative business environment, you can have a lot of fun with colors and styles. If you have kept your skirts and pants in neutral colors, you should be able to pair them with almost everything in your wardrobe.
If you are large busted, but sure the sleeve length does not end at the same place as your bust If your blouse buttons, be sure you can move your arms freely, and there are not gaps between the buttons. If your legs are short, do not buy your blouses too long, or your legs will look shorter if you do not tuck them in.
Here are some ideas for your blouses:
As mentioned in the Jacket section, the most conservative, sophisticated way to wear a blouse is to wear a dark blouse under a dark suit. Wear a light colored blouse to make the outfit less conservative. You can also wear a vest over the blouse for a very business-like look
Vests lend versatility to blouses. Wear a tailored vest over a blouse for a more formal look. You have a variety of options when it comes to vests, from the conservative blouse, to the very informal looks you can achieve when you wear vests made of fleece and denim. Vests are very easy to sew, and a good choice to expand a small wardrobe.
Blouses worn alone are usually worn with a piece of jewelry, unless the blouse has a lot of style from the cut and design of the blouse. The accessories worn with a blouse will dress it up or down. Blouses are versatile. You can wear the same cotton blouse with a pair of shorts or a skirt and sweater. They cost less than the other items in your wardrobe so have some fun with color.
The most versatile pants are conservative business pants and jeans. You can wear them with all of the items above. The fabric and the cut are what make pants go from dressy to casual.
Keep your dress pants conservative, and without pockets or other design details that draw attention, and you can get by with just a couple of pairs for work and special occasions.
Add a couple pair of jeans and a corduroy or twill pant in a neutral color, and that should be all you need. No one is going to remember your pants. You can wear them over and over until they need replacing.
How much casual wear you need depends on whether you stay at home or work. It also depends on your leisure activities. If you don’t work, you should have more casual wear than business attire. Keeping your wardrobe in balance to your needs is another skill for a frugal clothes shopper.
So these are the basic pieces for a mix-and-match wardrobe. I’ve seen people with as few as 3 blouses and 3 skirts put together amazing outfits with the use of accessories like scarves and jewelry.
When it comes to clothes, less is more. You will take better care of your clothing, and it will always be clean and ready to go. When everything goes together, a little goes a long way.
There is always a constant demand for stylish yet practical menswear that is worth the expense. The outlet for high quality contemporary menswear was established at the turn of the century in Brighton. The idea is to incorporate leading folk clothing from high-quality designers. With an aim to establish a unique sense of style and direction for men only the classical designs are selected and housed in the exclusive outlet.
Rather than focusing on the labels of designers inspiration lies behind choosing classic items that are timeless in every wardrobe. The exclusive retail store that houses leading designers in the heart of historic city of Brighton in England is home to some of the best contemporary menswear and folk clothing.
Leading Brands for Contemporary Menswear
As a style icon focusing on high-quality fabric and stitching the label 6876 was established by Kenneth Mackenzie in 1995. Since then the label has been short limited distribution and selects stockiest on the basis of their image and clientele.
The aim is to split the availability between masses with a different brand. Since this brand does not mass produced its outfits they are able to retain high quality for each piece that is shipped out of the manufacturing unit. Since its establishment the leading retail outlet for contemporary menswear and folk clothing has been a selected stockiest of the label 6876.
Inspiration from Punk and Military Wear
The detailing on the outfits is framed well with the technical fabrics and high quality classic tailored cuts. The clothing line is inspired by the initial stages of Punk from the late 70s as well as the Parisian student riots in the late 60s.
Alife NYC falls in the category of folk accessories and this brand for super cool kicks and sneakers have been developed in New York City. The understated design is resplendent with unique crafting and focus on comfort and detailing.
The Australian eyewear brand AM is known for the quality of its lenses. Instructed out of scratch resistant apx nylons which are military grade, each of the eyepieces are individually crafted by hand in Italy and then tested for 45,000 uses.
For high-quality outerwear men can select Berghaus’s range of vintage style classic outerwear. The stylish yet for and serious looking jackets can move from the highest mountain peak and then back into the high street of the city.
Comfort and style come together in retaining a contemporary look with this folk clothing item that helps you stay protected against the elements.
Military clothing has long been part of folk clothing and eventually made its way into contemporary menswear. High fashion takes inspiration from the historical pursuit of the military wear. The quintessential flight jacket is crafted of materials that were utilized for original military jackets. The style and specification is engineered to meet the exact configuration of the original flight jacket and they look like authentic replica of the military wear.
Disney has an unsaid & indispensable bond with every American kid. As a result, every household in the US has at least one item that is pertaining to Disney, then, it might be produced by, made by, endorsed by or licensed by Disney.
As a result of this undying & natural affinity, Disney & the kids seem to have a strong bonded relationship that is being carried forward from generations together.
Disney Corporation understands the same and have been producing baby clothing ever since they have been in to the business. The strategy is simple – with every new movie they include this clothing in their merchandise that promotes the main characters of the film. In 1977, George Lucas introduced in this format of marketing. He proved his point when Disney licensed the tie-ups with the Star Wars and sold Star Wars clothing & other merchandise like a hot cake.
Now-a-days with every new Disney movie, the kids know the characters even before the parents have barely heard about them. Sometimes, these titles or the main characters become major hits among the kids but fail to impress the parents like it happened with Bambi. But of course, it is not always true. Usually the characters prove a hit for both the parents as well as the kids. To understand this phenomena better, you compare the sales of Home on the Range as against Finding Nemo. It goes without saying that the products that strike the chord equally with the parents as well as the kids, are the better sellers in the market.
Here are some major Disney hits among kids & babies’ clothing.
1. The Little Mermaid
While it was released 16 years ago, the movie’s characters have marked a milestone among people. The young girls till date love to be Arial – The Little Mermaid. The mothers also love to help their daughters become one. Disney has successfully encashed the character of this ‘titular mermaid. While loads of T-shirts, swimsuits, & varied other items of clothing for babies & children sell big with the ‘Arial’ designs; several other motifs of the film are appreciated by the kids as well as their parents.
2. Finding Nemo
Another intriguing & successful interpretation of the aquatic world by Disney, their latest offering Finding Nemo is selling massive amounts among babies? clothing, especially for the swim wear. Also cool & soothing summer wear for girls as well as boys borrow exclusive designs from the film’s blue toning. A rather interesting fact is that the first look of the ‘infants’ page on the company’s website that is Disney Direct features a one-piece girls’ swim suit based on the theme of the flick, Finding Nemo. The company?s web store says, this is getting rave responses.
3. Classic Characters
Who can forget the beginning of the world of Disney – that is – Mickey Mouse and his sweaty pie, Minnie Mouse. The characters of this series that are Mickey’s friends Goofy & Donald Duck, Donald’s love Daisy Duck, Mickey’s pet Pluto and Minnie Mouse are the all time classic hits of Disney in all regards, then why not kids’ clothing!
Among 20 toddlers playing in a room at least 10 would indispensably be marked with one of these characters or their toys would have one print of the same. It won’t be wrong to say that when it comes to clothe your Mickey & Minnie, these classic characters are a sure & simple choice to go for!
Style and fashion is one of the biggest things people pay attention to these days. Everyone has to wear clothes, but there are those people who take getting dressed in the morning to a whole new level. They don’t get dressed to be dressed, they get dressed to make a statement. Whatever that statement may be, there are tons of different clothing brands that will cater to whatever style you need. What look you decide to go with and how much you want to spend are up to you.
For those who choose a prestige and high profile style, there are certain clothing brands that are classics and will always be popular clothing brands. Those that come to mind are Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabana, Ralph Lauren and Armani. The brand names sell themselves, but these are the styles that people see most of the celebrities wearing. People idolise celebrities, so they will shell out huge amounts of money to be just like them.
Classic brands for the younger age that are the popular clothing brands would be Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Nautica and Lucky Brand. These are a bit high-profile for teenagers (they can get pricey) but they have become a staple for that “all-American” look that so many teenagers are into these days. They started the torn jeans and layered shirt looks that so many people today wear.
Other popular clothing brands that are driven towards the teenagers and young adults are those like Vans, Bench, Skin Industries, MOB Inc, DrunkNmunky, Gas, Hooch, Old Glory, Urbanstone, DC and other skater and motocross related styles. They have all kinds of styles, but tend to be more moderately priced and are therefore more appealing, making them popular with those who want to look good but not break the bank.
New clothing lines are constantly coming and going but only a few of them seem to stay course. The main fashion staples are already out there and people tend to stay true to them. It’s usually the classics that will always be the most popular brands (whether they be the high end brands or not). If they weren’t the popular brands then they wouldn’t be the classics now would they?
Happy and Shopping.
Who could have guessed that LDS Clothing would become what it is today?.. and that is one of of the fastest growing fashion trends on the market. However; for those who have been wearing LDS clothing all these years, it really comes as little surprise.
A Truly Classic Look and Style
It’s a classic look that hearkens back to the mid 1800’s, to a time when men dressed like men and women dressed like women. Clothes back then were also far more functional sand comfortable and women didn’t feel like they had to expose themselves to look attractive.
Bonnets Caps and Hats In LDS Clothing Boutiques
Also as clothing accessories, such as bonnets faded from the fashion scene several decades back, designers of LDS clothing stubbornly hung onto to them and other simple yet very becoming LDS clothing accessories. Now they have been rewarded handsomely with new international recognition for their fashion foresight.
Always Stylish Totes , Shoulder Bags and Purses
Flip through any top fashion magazine today and you will see “new” styles in voluminous tote bags and purses that have replaced leather with heavy duty natural fabrics. The truth be told, bags totes and purses just like these were always available at LDS clothing venues and boutiques long before they were in “style”.
LDS Clothing and Fashion Accessories For the Woman On The Go
LDS clothing and fashion accessory designers have always known that what women really wanted from a purse or tote bag was room to carry with them all the things that they would need throughout the day. How can someone fit a sewing or knitting project in small purse or clutch?
The CTR Ring – Just a Little Reminder
To finish off the LDS clothing ensemble there is the always classic CTR ring. This unique piece of jewelry feature the letters CTR which stand for (choose the right) set against a green background. The CTR ring is a great way to accessories any LDS clothing ensemble with a little reminder to always make the right choices while you are out.
There is a difference between fashion trends among adults and among children. For adults, fashion trends are sometimes a short-lived craze over an item such as designer jeans or something of the same sort but for the kids, a fashion trend usually means finding unique children’s clothing that follows a more general trend. Now let us look at some of the recent trends for unique children’s clothing.
Personalized clothes and accessories
What best way to represent unique children’s clothing than personalized items such as clothes and accessories. In the past, monogrammed shirts and sweaters were a big hit but as of today, a bold initial is the trend. Fashion people call it the “letter sweater”, and it has become the ultimate in unique children’s clothing. Some clothing shops manufacture on an order basis while some stock them in variety of initials. For accessories on the other hand, you have winter hats, scarves, and mittens with their initials as well.
You can still go for monogram as well, while considering the item you want it on and its use. Monogramming produces a classic look so it may be more appropriate on a dress shirt or blouse rather than a backpack or some other accessories. You can also have iron-appliqués to have that unique children’s clothing. Just remember not to overdo the initials and monograms on every item your child has, moderation is still the key. Use one trendy and unique children’s clothing at a time.
Lasting trends for outer wear are the “lumberjack” look, which is a two-tone buffalo plaid, the “snowboarder” look which is of nylon jackets with a longer tail in back and the classic “pea coat”.
For warmer climates, it is best to go for shirt-jackets made out of cotton flannel and when winter comes, wool or polyester fleece jacket would do. All these have become part of the unique children’s clothing collection that you might want to have your little one to have in his or her closet. Word of advice: Look for unique children’s clothing in classic combinations of colors like red and black, navy and black, and orange and dark brown, because you can never go wrong in them.
The snowboarding-inspired jackets may cost a bit much but they have properties such as its breathability and water-repellency. These items you can find in outdoors outfitter to prepare for the winter season. The pea coats on the other hand have been a favorite for many years. They may not seem as though they are unique children’s clothing but they come in a dazzling variety of fabrics and colors so you can easily mix and match. You can use wool pea coats when you dress your kids up for fancier occasions as well.
An outfit isn’t complete without the footwear. UGGs has been an all-time favorite because of its distinctive look that comes in a wide array of shades and styles that you can match with even the most unique children’s clothing. They are comfortable, durable and very easy to pull on and off that is why parents love them for the kids. They can survive being handed down a lot of times so you are sure to get your money’s worth. For gender specific footwear, you have “mary janes” for girls and “hiking boots” as a great addition to the boys’ wardrobe.
Every time I think of mens clothing I get images of browns, blacks and greys. No matter how fashion may change and what the latest fad may be it is clear that mens fashion has yet to witness any drastic moves and although many have tried, the power that lies with those monotone shades still remains.
In today’s modern-day society, in which men everywhere are more open to experimenting with what they wear; the standard greys, blacks and browns are considered the ‘safe’ and often boring options but that wasn’t always the case. For our great grandfathers, grandfathers and fathers; sharply cut suits in greys, blacks and browns were the epitome of class and were symbols of style for real men’s men, so why isn’t that still the case now?
Admittedly many of us might not pull out the black suit unless there is a funeral or wedding but should we be made to feel like we’re the paupers of the fashion world if we take out the greys and blacks? Many of the leading mens fashion designers have attempted to shake things up by adding great dashes of bold colours into their ranges. Designers including Valentino, Hugo Boss and Vivienne Westwood have thrown greens, blues and yellows into the world of mens designer clothing but I can’t help but wonder, does wearing a bright yellow suit really make me fashion forward?
Call me a bore if you must but I am a stickler for the good, classic styles of clean-cut suits in the colours that have been worn for years. Don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against a polka dot pattern or a bright dash of colour and after-all if the clothes we wear represent who we are then finding the perfect style, whatever that may be is essential.
There have been a range of new additions to mens fashion but my personal favourite has to be the sailor style that consists of navy boat shoes, navy fitted jackets and maybe a striped pocket sleeve for that perfect added touch. For me a style like this is fantastic as, although it is fresh and exciting it still embodies the simplicity and class so associated with classic mens fashion.
Whether it is those greens, blues and yellows to polka dots, stripes and patch-works; in my personal opinion any drastic colour changes belong only on runways and in fashion magazines. When it comes to real life and a real man’s world; unless you are an intern at GQ the classic looks and colours will always suffice.
Whatever the latest new style may be, the classic shades of browns, greys and blacks will always stand tall and why shouldn’t they? If they were good enough for our grandfathers and if they’re even good enough for the ultimate British man James Bond than they’re good enough for us!
The classic dresser has a linear approach to fashion. She is one dimensional, conservative and her wardrobe is sturdy and reliable. When it comes to clothes, the classic dresser invests for the long haul. She goes for the timeless wardrobe and this includes her fashion accessories. She likes tailored clothes in classic durable fabrics such as tweed, wool blends, cashmere, silk and good quality cotton.
Neutral Palette and lots of navy
She is conservative when it comes to colours sticking to neutrals or monochromatic colours i.e. one colour in several shades. She loves navy. She dresses elegantly and so her fashion accessories reflect her fashion personality and are just as tailored and elegant as her clothes. As such she will spend money on handmade accessories like a handmade leather bag, handmade leather purse, handcrafted shoes and sandals etc.
Her jewelry is as timeless as her clothes and would include pearl necklaces, antique jewelry and handcrafted jewelry. Chunky necklaces are not her style as they may be a bit too flamboyant for her style. Instead she will wear pearl necklaces, choker necklaces and handmade necklaces. Statement jewelry for her would be wearable art like art deco designs as opposed to bold coloured necklaces.
Sustainable fashion …smart investment choices
For the classicist, fashion trends come and fashion trends go. She is not perturbed as fashion trends do not dictate the way she dresses. She prefers to spend more on a single quality item of clothing than spend loads on throw away fashion accessories.. So in a sense she supports sustainable fashion by making smart investment choices in her wardrobe. She has peace of mind in knowing that she can rely on her neutral colours and dark suits for years to come.
She is comfortable in designs by Pringle of Scotland, one of the oldest luxury label in the world, and by American fashion designer Ralph Lauren whose fashion exudes grace, elegance and understatement; qualities traditionally associated with fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana and more recently Michelle Obama. So the classic dresser is in good company.
Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas? Or have fun during spring break? Summer has arrived swiftly and it’s time to get creative with fun summer outfits! Every woman should have some essential summer items in her closet – whether it’s simple shorts or dresses, you can mix and match your most important clothing items and create memorable outfits! If you could choose 5 summer clothing items to include in your wardrobe, these are your best choices-these items are versatile, easy to wear and offer comfort during summer days when you need to not only look good but also feel good in what you’re wearing.
#1 High-waisted shorts
Shorts with a high waist have been a classic item in a woman’s wardrobe for decades. but in recent years they have been extremely trendy among young people, and for a good reason. The upper part of the shorts shapes a woman’s body beautifully, hiding her belly and accentuating curves. It is a very flattering clothing item if you need a bit of tummy coverage or if you want to create the illusion of having more curves. High-waisted shorts are a very versatile clothing item since you can style them in so many great ways- you can pair them with a simple top tucked in at the front or wear them with a crop top, which is perfect for hotter days! High-waisted shots are a truly versatile clothing item that will not be going out of style any time soon.
#2 Cargo Shorts
If you’re into a more classic, European look, you will definitely have fun wearing cargo shorts. They are chic and yet super comfortable and allow you to experiment with different styling options. Cargo shorts can be combined with a simple t-shirt and sneakers when you need to run errands or just feel very comfortable. They can also be dressed up by pairing them with a blouse and high heels. Whether you’re dressing for a casual event or for something more chic, cargo shorts are an excellent choice for looking good and feeling comfortable at the same time.
#3 Crop Tops
Crop tops aren’t just a trend from the past- they are here to stay. Very easy to pair up with different clothing styles, sexy and flattering, crop tops come in different shapes and sizes. You don’t have to go for the skin-tight top if you don’t feel like it-crop tops can be loose-fitting or just barely cropped, the styling is only limited by your imagination! You can wear a simple crop top with all kinds of skirts, shorts or jeans and look great. Crop tops can be paired up with high waistlines, maxi and miniskirts, casual jeans or flashy, patterned pants. Dare to show a little skin, it’s summer after all!
#4 Summer Dresses
Want a truly classic summer item? Take a pick from dozens of unique patterns and colors and wear a classic summer dress to work, the beach or to a party. A Summer dress doesn’t have to be just a long dress, there are so many styles out there, flattering to different body types and complimenting different styles. Maxi dresses are feminine, flirty and they are very easy to wear. Go for a bold print and leave the rest minimal and you will have a quick outfit you don’t even have to think about-just slip on the dress and you’re ready to go! If you love to accessorize, consider a more minimalistic dress, preferably in one single color. You can style a simple dress by adding a statement necklace, contrasting bag or a headpiece. Maxi dresses are one of the easiest summer clothing items to wear and they are so so comfy!
Rompers have made a huge comeback. They are very easy to wear and style and, like maxi dresses, don’t require a lot of styling. Due to having shorts part on the bottom, rompers can be a great choice if you want to wear something short but don’t want to worry about being uncomfortable or showing a bit too much by accident. Just slip a romper on, pair it with a cool belt and you’re ready to go! Another trendy way to style your romper is to pair it with a kimono and sandals. But romper can also look very sophisticated- pairing it with a blazer and heels can look very classy and yet still have you feel comfortable throughout the whole day.