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Let us start by clarifying one thing: just because you want to spend less on clothing, it does not always mean you have to purchase low-quality wardrobe. Instead of trying to spend as little as you possibly can, you actually have the better chance of saving money by getting higher quality stuff.

Efficiency is the key; by buying only what you need, you have almost zero chance of ending up with mediocrity because you focus on quality.

While affordable clothes are not necessarily bad, more often than not spending a just little bit more for a reputable brand helps you save money in the long run.

Here are some tips on how to spend less on clothes.

1. Off-Season Shopping

Everybody loves and follows trends as best as they can. The problem is that keeping up with the current trend means you are embracing marketing hypes.

For example, purchasing clothes in January is almost always less expensive than in November or December. Pre-Christmas is the best time for retailers to put higher price tags on their stuff, including clothes because people are more inclined to buy things as gifts and for themselves.

On the other hand, pre-Christmas is worst for buyers because prices tend to be higher than normal. In fact, buying clothes during any pre-Holiday season is one of the most common shopping mistakes everyone makes.

Post-Christmas, such as in January, is the time where retailers have mad sales and reduce the price to a considerable amount. The choices for the clothes are probably not great, but the prices certainly are.

2. Buy What You Need

Referring back to the previous discussion about efficiency, it is easy to fall for any piece of clothing put on a fancy display in a shop.

Please remember that the main purpose of the fancy display is to attract buyers, whether or not they need the clothes. Sometimes the mannequin also wears multiple accessories to make the clothes look better.

The shop relies on something from you called an impulse buy, but you have something to defend yourself: the “meat and potatoes” rule; it dictates that 70% of all the clothes you own should be for no special occasion.

It also means that as long as you have 30% of special occasion clothing, there is no need to purchase one or two more. Keep the proportion healthy and you’ll be fine.

3. Quality Comes First, Discount Comes Second

If we’re talking about tips to save on clothes, the suggestion does seem counterproductive indeed.

However, it is far too common that people purchase discounted article of clothing even when the piece is not quite right. Sometimes the size is too small, the buttons are not identical, the stitching is not symmetrical, etc.

Because the clothing is at a discounted price, you think (on the spur of the moment) you can fix the mistakes later, and the item is still quite cheap despite the imperfections.

Chances are you never have time to fix them; as a result, the clothing never leaves your closet.

4. See Yourself Wearing the Clothes Tomorrow

Another way to save on clothes is to buy the things you can wear immediately, today or tomorrow.

Whether or not you realize it, buying clothes involves seeing yourself in the future when you are wearing them.

The problem is that some people see far into the distant future. The most common example of such issue is when you buy jeans that are too small.

You buy it anyway because you convince yourself that you can lose that belly in a month or two. You believe that you can wear them after the diet, assuming the diet works out as intended.

If the diet never happens, or you give it up in one week, the jeans will become the waste of money.

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5. Get Well-Made Clothing

Sometimes the best way to spend less on clothes is to spend more. If you are a smart buyer, you get what you pay for.

Quality clothing from reputable brands, in general, can serve you much longer than their cheaper counterparts. They are made from better quality materials and put together by more skillful people.

When it comes to clothing, of course, the price can be cheap, reasonable and ridiculously expensive. You can get a well-made jacket for anywhere between $100 and $200, yet there are some jackets that can go up to $2000 or even more.

If a couple hundred dollars can give you the perfectly nice jacket that goes well with your jeans and shoes, there is no need to go for the higher price. At the same time, anything cheaper than $50 will not last you long enough.

6. Take Good Care of the Clothes You Already Bought

Clothes are just like everything else. It will not last you forever unless you take good care of them. If you pay enough attention to the labels, you should find a list of warnings and instructions such as hand wash only, dry clean, do not bleach, do not iron, etc. Those symbols may not be interested, but they contain important information to make sure your clothes are treated in the best way possible.

Avoid all of the aforementioned shopping mistakes, and you have a better chance of saving money on unnecessary purchases.

There is nothing wrong about being picky buyers; in fact, all smart buyers are picky when it comes to spending money on everything including clothes.

Not everybody can afford to spend thousands on jackets and pants, but surely anybody can be an efficient buyer who avoids wasting money at all cost.

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Let us start by clarifying one thing: just because you want to spend less on clothing, it does not always mean you have to purchase low-quality wardrobe. Instead of trying to spend as little as you possibly can, you actually have the better chance of saving money by getting...