Don’t bust the bank to look fashionable

By FIONA CONNOLLY
COLUMNIST

In order to keep up with the latest fashions, you’re going to have to get a lot of new clothes. But that doesn’t mean you have to bust your bank account just to look stylish.

There are many ways to keep your closet fresh, without having to spend a ton of money.

The first thing to think about is where you get your clothes. Brand name or designer clothes don’t make you any more fashionable, they just make you a silly person.

Why get one shirt from Holister for $40 if you can get four that look almost the same at Target for that same price?

Another way to save money when buying new things is look at the sale racks first. Chances are, you will find something you love for half the price it was originally.

And you should consider shopping at used clothes stores, like Plato’s Closet. You may think, “Ewww gross! Used clothes
are disgusting,” but would you say your clothes are gross after you wore them? Plus, Plato’s Closet isn’t like Goodwill. It buy the clothes off of you and then resell them, so you will never find anything nasty there.

Another way to get new clothes without spending money is to trade with your friends. Most people are used to asking their friends, “Hey, can I borrow that red sweater of yours tomorrow?” But have you ever thought of permanently trading clothes?

Once a month take everything out of your closet that you don’t want anymore. Your friends can take whatever they want from that pile and you can do the same at their houses.

The last money-saving trick for buying new clothes is what you do with the clothes in your trade pile that nobody wants. You could donate them to charity, but there are other things you could do to spice up your wardrobe as well. Selling
them, either at a used clothes store like Plato’s Closet, or at your own garage sale, can raise money for additional purchases.

But what if you like the fabric, but it just doesn’t fit right anymore? Or that one dress you used to love just isn’t up to date? Reinvent them! Try to figure out the problem with that certain clothing item first. Is it too long, too wide, boring, or just plain old ugly?

Then bust out your mom’s old sewing machine, with her permission of course, and get crafty. Long shirts or dresses can be shortened, something too wide can be taken in, and if it’s boring, get the extra bits and pieces from other things and see what you could do to make it interesting.

So do brand names really matter? Of course not! Be your own brand name, your own stylist. When you wear your clothes with confidence, no one can mistake you for a trend follower. You can be a trendsetter.

Contact Fiona Connolly at pixi1998@gmail.com.

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