My Top 10 Frugal Fashion Tips Revealed

by This is Carrie on June 29, 2009

I did a short presentation last week on “Make it Work Fashion” for our church’s
“Night of Frugal Living”. Here are my top frugal fashion tips:

Cheap does not = Frugal.
It is far more important to look at “cost per wear” (remember to factor in cleaning costs too).

Take an inventory of your (and your children’s) closet.

Keeping a list of what you actually do need will help control impulse purchases of things you don’t need.

Think ahead and shop ahead.

Use the Bargain Shopping Calendar.

Invest in Classics.
Classics don’t have to mean boring and classics are not necessarily black slacks. SAHM “classics” are most likely jeans & non-sweat, comfy pants

Use Accessories to Update Your Wardrobe.

Usually, they’re cheaper than clothing (shop places like Forever 21, H&M, Ross, TJ Maxx)

Learn to Sew.
If you sew, you can hem, alter & mend clothing, giving a longer life in closet. Look for youtube instructional videos and just give it a try.

Think Before you Throw.
Take longer look at items you’re getting rid of. Could they have a new life with some dye? a patch? an added ruffle? or another kind of refashion?

Thrifting is Fun.
Get to know your local thrift shops. Most have crazy sale days when cheap stuff becomes even cheaper.

Garage Sales aren’t Gross.
Why spend good money on kid’s play clothes? Check out new community group garage sales for up to date fashion and old neighborhoods for great vintage finds.

Resale shops are your friend.
Sell old clothes & use the money to buy “new” clothes. You’ll get more store credit than cash.


Show your Laundry Some Love.
Wash jeans inside out, spot stains, read care labels, and use the dryer less.



Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam July 1, 2009 at 3:05 am

Great summary – I know your church was blessed by this great topic. :)

Brittany July 1, 2009 at 5:11 am

Thanks for sharing, Carrie!

Mommymita July 1, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Great list! I love the "Garage sales aren't Gross" Ha!

Veronica Darling... July 3, 2009 at 11:22 am

Hey there, like your steps here… even though I'm not a mummy yet, I like EVERYthing you've listed.


MaryAnne July 7, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Great list – you're absolutely right on your "cost per wear" tip.

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