At this time of year, the shops are filled with the most gorgeous clothes. I love autumn clothing. It’s cosy, full of texture and print, and you can do so much with boots, jeans and jumpers. The temptation to go out and splurge on a whole new wardrobe with the change of season is often there, but for someone trying to stick to a tight budget, like me, this generally isn’t an option.
I have a number of ways I ensure I have some new pieces for the new season whilst spending as little as possible. You can still get a buzz from shopping and still get some quality items, but with limited impact on your bank account.
Love The Sales
If you are looking to start using a website that lists only sales items, I really recommend Love The Sales. Basically, Love The Sales pulls together items that are on sale from a huge range of websites (including the likes of major retail sites such as ASOS, Topshop, Missguided and Reiss) and shows you them all in one place online. This means you no longer need to trawl individual websites looking for a bargain. You simply go to Love The Sales and search for what you want. You can search by brand or type of clothing, and can refine the search further by price or percentage of discount. You can also focus your search on a select list of retailers. It’s amazing what comes up that you wouldn’t necessarily find when shopping online and visiting lots of sites. You really can build an outfit only using items that are already reduced in the sales if you want to. I got this Laura Ashley Argyle Knit Jumper at 25% off the RRP*. It contains cashmere and is super soft. It’s out of stock now but you can still shop the Laura Ashley sales via Love The Sales by clicking here. Love The Sales are also going to be grouping together Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in November, which is the perfect opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done.
I’m a veteran eBay buyer and still love it for certain items. It’s great for basics such as work clothes and shoes. These are things I generally don’t like to spend too much on and I know lots of people feel the same way. I also get some amazing scarves from eBay every year. They are so much cheaper than on the high street and excellent quality. I love this one in particular, and I got so many compliments on it last year. I also love buying bags on eBay. I was looking for a tote bag recently to shove stuff in to on a daily basis. I tend to carry a lot around with me, especially at this time of year (think a cardigan, an umbrella and gloves as the basic items) and needed something large and easy to carry. This faux leather tote bag fits the bill perfectly, is super soft and costs only £8.99.
I’m a relative latecomer to TK Maxx, but it’s Sean’s favourite shop and we spend a lot of time in there when we do go shopping. I found these Black Quilted High Top Trainers from Esprit at the bargain price of £34.99. They were reduced from £105 and are such a handy pair of trainers to have. They’re smarter than a standard trainer, can fit skinny jeans and leggings down due to the high top, and are super comfy. TK Maxx is a great place to pick up brand names at affordable prices. We also got these Navy Mesh Laced Sneakers from Skechers for Sean, who has just fractured a bone in his foot and needed some cushioned shoes to help him get about. I swear by my own Skechers for comfort, and these were £32 off so almost half price.
Amazon seems like a surprising place to pick up clothing and fashion items, but it has moved on so much from just being an online bookstore (although it is still my bookstore of choice). I love to shop on Amazon and I find that sometimes it surpasses eBay with the kind of deals you can find there. My latest Amazon obsession comes in the form of statement necklaces. You can buy some really good quality costume necklaces on Amazon which are perfect both for every day wear as I have done here, and for special occasions. With the festive period coming up, you might have several parties to go to and many different outfits. Amazon is a good place to accessorise affordably so you still have some money left over for Christmas presents. As well as the necklace I am wearing here, I also love other statement necklaces like these below. The best thing is that they are all £5.99 or less!
Browsing in charity shops is probably my favourite way to shop. I have picked up so many bargains over the years since I started frequenting charity shops everywhere I go. Outstanding finds include a Sweaty Betty yoga bag, a Lululemon toiletry bag (new with tags), Seven For All Mankind Jeans, and a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses. In these photos I’m wearing a pair of black corduroy leggings from TU. Sold in Sainsburys, TU isn’t an expensive brand but I love their items. They are well made and each year Sainsburys produces increasingly gorgeous pieces of clothing. These leggings are super soft and cost me something like £2.99. I’ve had them for over a year and they are holding up well. Every year I pick up several new items from charity shops and I would say that well over 50% of my entire wardrobe comes from a charity shop. Shopping in charity shops is a great way of getting a shopping buzz without breaking the bank, and it’s a lot of fun too as you never know what you’ll find on any given day. Car boot sales are the same, although I tend to go to those in the summer months only.
So those are my top tips for building an autumn wardrobe on a budget. Do you use any of these shopping methods? Or do you have any tips you can share with me?
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