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A Girl’s Guide To Smart Shopping (And Saving Money!)

Zoe George
Zoe George

We all love to get out there and spend our hard earned money on things we deserve, like a pair of Manolos or that cute little swing jacket.

Many of us enjoy a good impulse buy, then end up regretting it when the credit card bill comes in. It is ok to indulge occasionally, however, it’s about smart shopping.

Do I need this?
When you pick up that item that caught your eye ask your self do you need it? If not, put it back and move on.

If you do need it then you should to take into consideration the garment’s ‘cost per wear’.

Cost per wear
When buying an item you need to consider how many times you are likely to wear it. For example, you spot the latest Dolce and Gabbana sunnies and you are in dire need of a new pair, however they are $1000. Saying that, if you wear them every day for a year it will only cost you $2.70 per day (perhaps a small price to pay for style).

If you buy a jacket worth $500 and only wear it twice, it will cost you $250 each wear (and is far from cheap).

Don’t buy trend clothing
Sure Victoria Beckham can pull off metallic gold tights, but for the rest of us it makes us look like a tragic flashback from the 80s (and who really wants to do that!).

Look for classic clothing that will never date. You are likely to get more wear out of classic clothing than you are seasonal, trend clothing. Jazz it up with some funky accessories. For winter try a funky hat or scarf.

Buy one of a kind
There is nothing worse than rocking up to a function and wearing exactly the same thing as someone else (it happened to me at a very upper class wedding, but of course I looked better!).

There are some fantastic boutique stores around and you can find some amazing garments in these stores. If you are on a tighter budget check out op-shops. It’s amazing what you can find.

Spend more on jackets and shoes
As the saying goes you can tell a lot by a person’s shoes, so spend a little more on them. Leather shoes are always the best option, even though they are more expensive, they will last you longer. Chose a pair that you can mix and match with your wardrobe.

Jackets also make an outfit and are an important part of any wardrobe. Splurge and get yourself three nice jackets you can swap and change from work wear to casual.

Read the garment labels
Always read the label of the garment before purchasing.
•    Look at the fabric content. If it is a cheap fabric it is less likely to last and the ‘cost per wear’ will increase.
•    Will the garment need ironing/dry cleaning? Let’s face it we all hate ironing and who has time to do it these days anyway? Garments that need dry cleaning will cost you more in the long run.

Buy the right size
There is no point buying jeans three sizes too small in hope that it will encourage you to lose weight. Buy the right size and shape for your body type. Most of us aren’t a size 8, so be proud of who you are.  

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