Fashionable women wanting to dress modestly but remain on a modest budget will be happy to know that doing so is not impossible. That is, finding ways to look cute – but still cover up – without draining your savings account is definitely doable, but takes some know-how. These tips will help you become an expert in looking conservatively chic while staying cheap.
Visit Thrift Stores Frequently
Thrift stores are an excellent place to pick up a wide range of gently used clothing items, all at deep discounts. Women’s sweaters, cute long-sleeve shirts, and dress pants are all easy to spot at a local thrift store. Best of all, though, is if you spend some time looking around, you can find clothes that are virtually brand new at a fraction of the retail price. For thrift store novices, there are a few things you can do to maximize your time shopping.
First of all, figure out when your store brings its new clothing items out onto the floor. Most stores have the same weekly schedule for this process. Timing your visit for when employees bring out a fresh batch of newly donated clothes will give you the first pick of the litter. Otherwise, take your time and show some patience. It is difficult to rebuild your wardrobe based off of one thrift store trip, but, over time, you will be able to accumulate several pieces of conservative clothing.
Do Not Be Afraid of Hand-Me-Downs
If you have a fashionable cousin or sibling, do not hesitate to raid their closets or ask for hand-me-downs. Hand-me-downs are great because they are free. They are a great way to grab a few sweaters, jackets, or cute tops without having to dip into your wallet. Furthermore, your sister or cousin might share the same modest clothing styles you prefer, making it easy to insert hand-me-down items into your pre-existing wardrobe.
Reuse and Recycle Your Clothes
If you are bored with your clothes, find new, exciting ways match them. Try mixing a color combination together that you have never tried before. Try matching two patterns together, and, instead of wearing jeans and some sneakers, wear khakis and some boots.
Learning to mix, match, and repurpose your current wardrobe is a fantastic way to earn some extra mileage out of your clothes without having to spend any money. But do not stop with the clothes – continue to transform your look with a pair of neglected earrings or an infrequently-used necklace from your jewelry box to completely change your appearance.
Karleia is a freelance blogger. She enjoys taking her daughter shopping for modest women’s sweaters and other fashion accessories.