Times are hard right now and we want to make the most of what we have, without spending unnecessary pennies. Read on for some simple hacks to make the most of what you already own and fill any gaps, without breaking the bank.
Repair what you already own
When clothes and shoes start to look worn out, you may think you need to replace them entirely but you usually get a lot more wear out of those items. Instead of buying new shoes or boots, get your current ones re-heeled for a fraction of the price, or superglue any loose soles back on. Grab a cheap fabric comb for knitwear that has started pilling. To debobble, gentle comb the fabric with the comb in the direction of the weave. Being gentle is key, otherwise the comb could create pulls in the material. Hand-stitch any small holes in clothes or sew a cute patch over the hole.
Can't repair it yourself? Get it altered
Taking clothes to an alteration shop or tailor is a cheap alternative to buying a new garment. This is especially the case for items that cost more to buy in the first place, for instance suits. Having a suit that perfectly fits your dimensions will always look stylish and flattering, no matter how much of a bargain the actual suit was to purchase.
Unleash your creativity
Bored with some of your clothes and think you need to buy new, more exciting garments? Think again! Get your inner artist out and upcycle your clothes, so that they are unique and express who you are. Like a dress but the colour doesn't suit you? Dye it. Got a plain tee that you wish had an edge? Cut some slashes into it or screw on studs to the hem, neck or cuffs.
Do you buy your clothing from the high street on auto-pilot? You may be missing out on many cheap and unique treasures which can only be found by thrifting. Get hunting in charity shops, on eBay or Depop. Don't have the time to thrift or don't know where to start? Let me do the work for you with a dose of Virtual Personal Shopping.