Winter is here and I could not be happier about it. I’m all about drinking mulled cider, in frosty weather, wearing as many layers as feasibly possible. It’s my happy place.
In order to achieve said layered look though, it does cost a bit of money. More layers means more clothes, which means more money. However, living (as ever) on a pretty tight budget I’ve managed to find a few ways to save money on winter clothes so I don’t go broke each year.
1. Do a bit of DIY
Not everyone is exactly ready to sew their own wardrobe, but it’s relatively simple to spice up plainer pieces. Either buy cheap and accessorise, or work with older items you already have but no longer wear.
Adding buttons as a decorative accessory to and older coat can change the style completely, or adding some coloured edging along the cuffs and collar can really make you stand out.
2. Buy neutral/classic looks
This is totally my thing. Classic cuts may not look the most exciting, but they’re sophisticated and simple, and so will usually last a few more seasons before looking out dated. I’d always opt for this rather than buying a piece that is bang on trend right now but will go out of style before next year rolls around.
Pins and necklaces are cheaper than new coats and shirts. They’re also far more versatile. Add these little extras to change up your outfit each time you wear it, to stop it looking repetitive or stale.
4. See what your mum has kicking around
It might sound odd, but seeing as we’re living in a post-post-modern age, everything that we love has already been done before. Your mum might have some great vintage pieces lying around that you could nab and make your own. My aunty had a vintage fur coat in her attic stuffed into a plastic bag, I kid you not.
5. Go attractive, but practical
Obviously buy clothes that you like and feel great in, but also bear in mind that it’s winter and there’s no sense in buying something that doesn’t keep you warm. Avoid buying anything that you can only wear for that 5 day stretch between the end of autumn and the start of winter. It’s a waste of money.
6. Work the free shipping
I’m pretty sure I don’t have to tell you, but, if you’re an online shopper, see if it’s financially viable for you to add enough to your basket so that you avoid the shipping fee. Sometimes it can be as much as £6 or £7. That’s the equivalent of another t-shirt or scarf. When you look at it that way it’s crazy.
7. You don’t need a lot of stuff!
You don’t need to buy a truckload of clothes. Just buy a few items that you really like and feel good in. You can then mix and match these into plenty of variations (with the aforementioned accessories!) so your outfits look different every time.
8. Second hand shopping
I know this isn’t for every one but it’s something worth considering if you’re a bit strapped for cash. Vintage and second hand stores are really affordable ways for you to bulk out your winter wardrobe without spending too much money. It can be a little tiring shopping in them, as they never have the same thing twice, but sometimes you get a great find and it’s all been worth the effort.