Winter is on its way and while we will all moan about the cold mornings and dark evenings, there is a silver lining: Winter clothes.
The high street has wheeled out chunky knits, cute hats, warm scarves and snuggly boots and we, the general public, are lapping up the opportunity to go on a good old shopping spree.
However, fashion isn’t about quality anymore. It is all about quantity. Who wants to be tagged in photo’s on Facebook in the same outfit two weekends in a row? No one.
As the shops seem to change their stock on weekly basis it is just too tempting to keep up with the trends, splurging the whole time to keep your style up to date.
But, Your Saving Angels are here to give you some tips on how to keep the costs down within your wardrobe year after year and get your money’s worth.
This is obvious, we know. However, winter is all about layering for practical and fashion reasons. Buy some good basics such as neutral vests and t-shirts. They will see you through your winter and spring months and if you are really lucky, the following winter too.
Denim never, ever goes out of fashion and while we all have our trusty year round jeans, invest in a denim shirt. A plain denim shirt can be layered with a thin jumper and chunky knit scarf in winter and with a t-shirt and jeans in spring. It’s an all year round kinda guy.
Talking of shirts, the lumberjack print is always kicking around the high street. Much like a denim shirt, you can utilise in the winter and summer months.
Every year we see clothes embellished with studs, sequins and pom poms. While this looks great and is so on trend, chances are you will hate it next year. If you like the current trends either go cheap (Primark) or find an inexpensive way to customise, like this cute bunny ears jumper.
Your Money Saving Angels loves boots. They are the most essential winter item and you need to pick wisely, since you will be wearing them the whole season. However, if you pick really wisely they can see you through a few winters.
As we have said, avoid studs or over the top embellishments and go for something in either brown or black as they will go with all of your outfits. Also, consider quality. This will cost you more at the time, however it will save you money in the long run.
Again, if you want something that stands out, go with on the cheaper end of things, or customise!
There are a variety of animal jumpers in the shops at the moment ranging from cute hedgehogs, fierce tigers and geeky cats. Find one that you love, that you can’t live without and buy it. The fact you love it more than your mother pretty much guarantees you won’t want to throw it out after one winter season.
Animal prints are always around. It resurfaces every year in a variety of ways. So, buy a leopard print item, such as a pair of pumps or a scarf. An indiscreet item of leopard print means you will get far more use out of it than if you were to buy something like a faux fur coat. One of the Angels bought a pair of leopard pumps six years ago and they are still making a regular appearance in her day to day wardrobe.
Paisley print scarves are a great addition to your wardrobe. Like everything else in this post, they seem to come about every year. The best place to source one is from a stall in a shopping centre. They always do a ’3 for x amount’ deal. Team with a maroon jumper, jeans and brogues and you are good to go.
Investing in a good blazer is essential for your winter wardrobe. A blazer can be worn for a dinner date, at your local bar or with a tea dress and brogues. Your wardrobe will thank you. The Angels recommend either black or classic tweed as both are timeless.
Oh so snuggly and warm, this knitted beanie will keep your ears cosy for many winters to come.
Light chiffon blouses are so versatile. You can wear them in the office, with jeans and boots or with leggings and a chunky knit cardigan. Blouses with bows are cute and not too in your face on trend.
Again, lace is a timeless material that crops up constantly. Find your perfect lace item and integrate it into your wardrobe, whether it is a dress, shoes or a dainty scarf. Remember, avoid clothing with unnecessary lace embellishments, such as a denim shirt with lace shoulders?! You will love it this year and hate it next year. Save yourself some money and go simple.
The moral of this story is to think ahead. We all know what to expect when a new season comes around clothes wise and by buying basics you can fluff out your everyday wardrobe and save the good stuff for those facebook photo’s. With these hacks, you can save some money, avoid shoppers guilt and impulse buying.