Outfits For Less

Tips for shopping for fashionable clothes on a budget

Some fashion lovers spend too much money on clothing every month. We all know it can cost a lot of money to shop, and some people are struggling with the correct clothes to be stylish, especially for college students. How- ever, if you’re a smart shopper you can get many designer brands for an affordable price. This piece introduces some ways to be fashionable on a budget. Here are the options for shopping wisely.

Goodwill finds

Thrifting at Goodwill is a great way to get clothes on a budget, not to mention, it’s fun. Goodwill is a thrift store who sells donated clothing, furniture etc. Basically a vintage hunters hangout. If you are looking to shop there, you may even find designer brands under $5. Visiting Goodwill weekly may increase your chance at scoring something really cool. In addition, visiting different locations may broaden your search and expand your closet as well. These are a few major keys to improve your success at your local Goodwill thrift store. The only thing you should be aware of is checking the quality of pieces and its tag, because sometimes there are fakes.

Flea markets

Flea markets, on the other hand, are a little higher in price but still worth checking out. There are two major flea markets in the Los Angeles area worth checking out in particular. The Melrose Trading Post and Rose Bowl Flea Market.

The Melrose Trading Post occurs every Sunday on the campus of Fairfax High School parking area. There are affordable vintage clothes on display and hand crafted accessories as well. The admission cost is $15. As for the other flea market, known as the Rose Bowl Flea Market, occurs every second Sunday of the month at the Rose Bowl Stadium. There are also vintage clothes and accessories available to purchase, along with food, being known as one of the largest flea markets on the West Coast.

The admission is 15$. Vintage clothing is a trend now, so these flea markets are a good place to find pieces for trendy outfits if your into that kind of vibe.

Using apps

If you are uncomfortable or too lazy to visit Goodwill and local Flea Markets, you can still thrift online. There are many flea market oriented style apps such as eBay and Mercari. The good thing about using these apps is that you can search and find your specific favorites, not limited to vintage or used clothing, there are new condition clothes for good prices available as well. However don’t assume that the prices you see on those sites are the lowest around. Many resellers price up their items or don’t price them realistically. Therefore, you have to check out the price among other sellers and compare them to each.

Do It Yourself

If you have the creativity and skills for sewing, it might be a good idea to DIY your own pieces. It can encourage you to recycle while making your own original clothes. If you are struggling about how to do so, you can get inspirations and ideas from Youtube videos or even blogs. There are so many styles and tips available out there. This can become your new hobby and can give you new ideas to fuel your creativity in fashion.