Looking Great on a Budget

In today’s economy people want to look their best without spending a fortune. While this may seem like a daunting task, it is completely possible to look amazing without breaking the bank. For many men, shopping is not always an appealing task, but more of an unpleasant chore. With a few simple but handy tips and tricks, not only will you learn how to at least hate shopping a little less, but how to look expensive without dolling out the insane amount of money found on many price tags today. To begin with, determining what your specific style entails can be an extremely useful tool in getting what you really want. A lot of times when shopping for clothes we tend to make a series of impulsive choices that sometimes result in unwanted items of clothing. I for one, have a bunch of different items that I have only had on once with less than pleasing outcomes.

Review Your Closet and Determine What You Really Need

Having a shopping plan can reduce spending and result in much more favorable purchases that will last you for years to come. You can start by reviewing details such as how many items of red or green you have, and if you could use a few items in a different color. Some clothing stores even offer selections that are organized by color to speed up the shopping process and simplify your search. During this review, you should also consider what you do and do not wear to make room for new items. Items that are inconvenient or require major upkeep often end up simply taking up room in your dresser or closet, never to be worn. It is smart to rid yourself of these items.

Sell or Trade Unwanted Items

If you fall into the category of someone who buys a lot of items on impulse, or you simply do not wear a lot of items in your closet, consider sale or trade. If the items are in good condition it can be beneficial both for you and bargain hunters alike to sell or trade your unwanted items. There are many different stores out there that will purchase your unwanted items for resale at a cheaper price point. Selling or trading your clothes will not only allow you to free up space in your wardrobe, but it can also save you time and money. Many of these places also offer a trade option, enabling you to swap out your unwanted clothes for things you will in fact wear.

Invest in Classic Pieces

If you are planning on getting rid of clothes you never wear, I highly recommend replacing them with classic items. Purchasing a set of the same style shirt in an array of different colors can lay a foundation for an effortless, crisp appearance. Many big-name retailers such as Old Navy and Kohls often have tables with simple t-shirts in a variety of designs and colors, at a low-price point. Find a style that you like and pick out several different colors that can be swapped out or layered for new, innovative looks. The same goes for pants; if you find a style of pant that you really like that fits you well, buying several pairs in different colors is a great step in building an inexpensive, stylish wardrobe. In addition, these classic items are easy to dress up or down, and add accessories for an enhanced look.

Lastly, if you have the time, make sure you try before you buy

I cannot tell you how many times I have purchased something confidently without even trying it on first. Not only can this result in an ill-fit, but a waste of money as well. Purchasing an item of clothing without knowing how it will fit of it will flatter your body type can be a huge shopping error. Dressing rooms exist for a reason, and it will only serve to benefit you if you utilize them when you get the chance. Try on multiple styles, sizes, and options to make sure you get the best possible option for you. Navigating malls or department stores can sometimes be intimidating or altogether unsuccessful. This is the reason why many men avoid the situation completely. However, our appearance is often what we are initially judged on. Following these tips and tricks the next time you venture out to find new clothes can be highly beneficial, not only in rebuilding your wardrobe but in saving you money and helping you look your best. A comfortable, stylish wardrobe that is cost effective, but looks expensive can lay a solid foundation for success in multiple areas of your life. From the dating scene, to getting hired at a new job, the right wardrobe will give you a leg up.