How not to break the bank for a spring look

2012-09-08 10:30

Chic ‘swap parties’ are becoming increasingly popular among fashion-conscious women who also want to be financially conscious

You can enjoy dressing up for spring without necessarily breaking the bank or making yourself bankrupt.

Before you hit the shops, why not get a little creative by taking a look inside your cupboard or your friends’ and use what you already have instead of heading for the mall, armed with your credit card?

If your wardrobe needs a bit of a “pick-me-up”, you can pick up good-quality items at second-hand or charity shops to revamp your wardrobe.

Second-hand and charity shops do not just offer hand-me-down clothes, but gently used and timeless pieces like a vintage dress or a hat.

According to Charl Nel, Strategic Communications at Capitec Bank, financial institutions have been urging consumers to save, save and save!

Although it makes sense, many fashionistas either choose to ignore this advice because you just have to buy the latest winter boots, postpone starting to save until the next season or until one gets a pay increase.

The “anti-bling” pop culture that encourages trendsetters to reuse, instead of buying new, is fast catching on.

“Clothes-swapping parties, upcycling T-shirts or sneakers and fixing things are fun ways to save money, and keep you looking trendy,” says Nel.

Chic “swap parties” are becoming increasingly popular among fashion-conscious women who also want to be financially conscious.

“Get a trusted friend to help you rework some looks from the clothes you are keeping. Often a fresh eye and different combinations create a whole new look. Gather all your girlfriends who did the same process to a chic ‘swap party’. All agree to take 10 or more items and see what you can use to add to your wardrobe,” says clutter expert Kate Emmerson.

Also use this time to clear out your wardrobe so that you can find the clothes you actually wear.

Emmerson recommends you grab five of your most funkiest, most fashionable friends to keep you on track, take everything out of your wardrobe, clean the space and ask the following questions:

» Do I love it?
» Does it add value?
» Do I use it?
» Have I worn it in the past six months?
» Can I refashion it to update it – hem, sleeves, darts etc.

If you cannot say yes to any of these questions, then put it on the charity pile.

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