The Best Time of Year to Restock Your Closet

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If you spend a lot of time looking into your wardrobe until you find the outfit that you want, it is the right time to refresh and/or restock your closet. Maybe you have too many items that you don’t use anymore, either because they’ve gone out of style or don’t fit you anymore.

Other times you simply keep a lot of old clothes for their sentimental value, but you can no longer use them to go out on the street. Whatever the reason, updating your wardrobe from time to time is always a lot of fun.

You need to start by taking the clothes out of the closet and analyzing them piece by piece. After getting rid of what no longer fits, you can finally go shopping without feeling guilty. And when we talk about shopping, it’s always good to remember that there are some ideal times throughout the year to restock your closet on a budget.

Let’s analyze three of them and why you should circle them down in your calendar so you don’t miss the next big sale!

Holiday Season

Store owners often take advantage of this time of the year (and the number of people looking for gifts) to promote deals, markdowns, and even cashback offers. This happens first because retailers try to avoid getting stuck with lots of things after Christmas; and from January because they want to get rid of what they couldn’t sell during the holidays.

So, this is the best moment to find bargains like designer clothes and cool accessories such as handbags or some in-demand and timeless aviator prescription glasses for a much more attractive price.

But you’re not the only person looking for offers during this period. So here are some tips to avoid the holiday rush and still get great deals:

  • Make your Christmas shopping list in advance to better set your budget.
  • Go to outlet stores rather than malls or large department stores.
  • Set your budget before you start holiday shopping.
  • Compare prices of items you’re looking for on the stores’ websites to identify the best deals.
  • Don’t leave your shopping to the last minute.
Memorial Day

This is a federal holiday originally created for mourning the soldiers who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. It takes place at the end of May and for a few decades now it has also become one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, offering a three-day weekend with sales of summer merchandise.

Precisely because of this – retailers preparing their stores for summer, which starts in June – it is possible to find great deals on spring items that these retailers were unable to sell during the season. And since they want to clear out their inventory, discounts can reach up to 50 percent, allowing you to stock your closet with a few pieces for next spring.

The golden tip is not to buy summer clothes during the Memorial Day sales, because these items’ prices usually go down during mid-summer and you can buy them for a better price on the following date…

4th of July

The Fourth of July (also known as Independence Day) has been celebrated since the 18th century and became a federal holiday in 1870. Gradually, the political importance of the date began to be forgotten and the focus shifted to a celebration of American patriotism, with family get-togethers, fireworks shows, and lots of outdoor parties.

To take advantage of the celebrations, retailers started promoting massive discounts and turned the 4th of July into one of the hottest shopping holidays of the year, especially for those looking for summer and spring clothes.

Around the same time, another great option is Amazon Prime Day, a 48-hour deal event promoted by the e-commerce empire that offers thousands of deals. In 2022, Prime Day took place on July 12th and 13th, and these dates are expected to be repeated in 2023. So the first half of July is one of the great times to restock your closet, with at least two weeks’ worth of deals and promotions.

Keep an Eye on the Calendar

Although there are some other opportunities throughout the year to buy cheap (including the famous Black Fridays), the three dates above are the best times to restock your closet without compromising your bank account or accumulating debt for the rest of the year.

Try to stick to the basics and avoid superfluous purchases. Before going out shopping madly, make a list of the items you really need instead of buying only what is on offer or at a great discount. That way you avoid filling your closet with clothes you may never wear in your life.

6 Steps For Limiting Your ‘Fashion Footprint’

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Most people are aware of the ‘carbon footprint,’ they may have, in effect, it’s how you might be contributing to emissions based on your lifestyle. A smaller footprint is better. So for example, someone might make sure all of their devices are switched off at night instead of leaving them on standby, installing motion-sensitive lights to prevent them from being left on all night, or time their heating units to only come on in the morning to save energy.

But of course, sustainability is much more than just using the energy of this nature, but also our buying decisions. Cycling to work is better than purchasing a new gas-guzzling car, for instance, provided you can use this within the parameters of your lifestyle.

Moreover, limiting your ‘fashion footprint’ is a similar principle. If you love fashion as we do, it could be that focusing on more sustainable efforts can help you lower your net carbon footprint, make use of items for longer, and enjoy the creativity in working with older garments. In this post we’ll discuss how to do this and more:

Donate To Charity Stores

A great way of supporting charity and finding another home for your clothes is donating to charity stores. Provided the item is in good condition, clean, and wearable (of course, don’t donate underwear), then this charity can sell it and put that money towards the good work they do.

In some cases, you may be able to help specific causes by this. So certain cancer research charities may run charity stores or those dedicated to other important issues. Not to mention that in some cases, the donations you see that have been made by other people are genuinely interesting and good, even offering designer brands for a cut-rate. When you purchase from these stores, of course, you’re donating to the charity yourself. It’s one of the rare win-wins you’ll find in any store, so don’t be afraid to use them more often.

Thrift Or Try Second-Hand Apps

Thrifting is of course similar to charity stores but often found in large thrift warehouses or retro stores that aim to bring something new and interesting to the market. Second-hand apps like Depop can also help you sell your clothes or purchase directly from other people, giving you the chance to save a little money or to find some real retro inspirations.

Build a small seller’s profile on there, and before long the positive reviews you get will aid your further sales. This means if you don’t really know what to do with a clothing item, you could get back almost all of its value by using a platform like this.

Try To Lessen Bad Habits

It’s good to try and lessen your bad habits when investing in fashion, for instance, this guide on fast fashion and its harmful effects can help you avoid cheap, disposable trends and instead build a more robust style for yourself. 

Not everyone will be able to follow this next piece of advice, and that’s no judgement on you if you think it is less than helpful. However, if you can, then shopping for more robust, well-crafted items from better stores than the uber-cheap rotating stock in cheaper discount stores (which often use overseas, sometimes mistreated workers to provide that discount) can provide you a better item that will last longer.

A good pair of boots you buy may last for many years more than a cheap pair, and have a better chance of being repaired to an appropriate standard should they become damaged or worn. Over time, you save money because of that and contribute less disposed-of items.

Repurpose Items

It’s good to repurpose items if you can. Sometimes, it’s quite an effective strategy. For example, cutting jeans into jean shorts for the beach (especially if they’re a little old so you don’t mind getting them dirty) can be a helpful use at the end of their life cycle.

There are countless more ways to repurpose old clothes, especially if you wish to use them for outdoor activities. You might cut a t-shirt into a vest in order to wear for gardening, for example, without caring about stains. After all, a garment doesn’t necessarily lose its value just because you wouldn’t wear it as part of your ‘main wardrobe’ – as the materials are still there and may be used quite capable. 

Purchase From Sustainable Sources

It’s helpful to purchase from sustainable sources if you can too. Certain fashion retailers will often be very vocal about their ability to do this, where they source their garments from or how they manufacture them.

After all, it’s a hot-button marketing benefit that many consumers are looking for, so you don’t have to apply much legwork here. A simple Google search for the best sustainable fashion brands can go a long way, and with online ordering, you don’t necessarily have to have that retailer within your local town or city.

Repairs & Alterations

Having clothes repaired or altered, such as resizing, can be helpful. You might not have the skills to do that to every garment you own, but a seamster service will be able to do that, and this may cost much less than having many clothes in your wardrobe replaced.

In some cases, this may even save age-old heirlooms that you really care about. If your grandparent gives you their watch, for example, you might have the gears returned and the strap replaced to make sure it lasts many more years going forward, as a professional watch repair service will be happy to do that for you. It will certainly save you from having to replace it.

In other cases, you may have jewellery resized, for example making sure a ring fits on your finger if you’ve gained or lost weight – many women have this done during and after pregnancy, for instance.

With this advice, you’re sure to limit your fashion footprint and also look fantastic in every styling decision you make.

3 Ways to Avoid Impulse Shopping

If you’re one of those people who cannot stop shopping, this post may give you great new ideas on how to avoid impulse shopping and save money by buying what you actually need. Impulse shopping is an issue for many of us; most people are recovering shopping addicts while some are still struggling. If you are the latter, here are three ways below to help you curb the shopping addiction.

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3 Ways to Avoid Impulse Shopping

Struggling with impulse shopping? Here are the things you need to do –

Don’t shop when you feel stressed

If you are dealing with any emotional issues, it is best to stay away from shopping completely until you start to feel like yourself again. Research has shown that our brains react differently when we are stressed or dealing with emotional issues, and these changes in the brain cause us to make reactionary decisions instead of thoughtful ones.  If you have to shop when you are feeling low, take a break and ask yourself if you would buy the item(s) on a different day. This question would allow you to reassess the situation to ensure you are making the right purchase.

Have a budget and stick to it

This sounds easy but many of us shop without a budget and this is when it becomes tricky. It is important to have a budget and stick to it, that way we don’t get carried away while shopping and overspend. Having a budget also helps in making sure we stretch our money even more because when we have a budget we tend to look for sales and discounts to get more for our money.

Shop online

Online shopping is a great way to avoid impulse buying because we only search for items you want and buy them. You won’t have to go through aisles and aisles of tempting products when shopping online and that is one of the main reasons why it is such a great idea to shop online. Plus, shopping online is also super convenient. I don’t have to physically leave the comfort of my home to get what I need which is amazing.

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What do you think of these 3 tips to avoid impulse shopping? Do you struggle with impulse shopping at all? How do you deal with it? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below, let’s chat.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fab day and stay safe.


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