Why I Stopped Spending As Much Money on Clothes

For someone who claims to be a “fashion blogger”, I know this might come as a shock. However, the past year or so, I dramatically reduced my budget on new clothes and I did not even do it intentionally at first. I would say I currently spend an average of $12-15 per month on fashion related purchases, which is quite low considering I would spend 3-4x that amount.

Granted, I have always been parsimonious, but I felt like I needed to be constantly updating my wardrobe in order to provide “fresh” and “new” looks here on Enclothed Cognition. Let’s face it, it is rare to see your favorite blogger photographed in the same exact outfit twice. Naturally, I thought I had to keep up with this lifestyle…until a couple years ago when I had an epiphany.

Style is Still a Passion

And with this new clothing budget, I do not feel like I am sacrificing this at all. I found ways to keep up with my personal style, without breaking the bank. Thus, allowing me to save more money for better, long-lasting investments. For instance, I put the money I saved towards this new website since I had to purchase a subscription to a web hosting site.

Spend Less, Look Good

The first change might be obvious if you are a frequent reader of Enclothed Cognition. I have been primarily shopping at thrift stores the past year or so. I absolutely love the idea of going into a shop not knowing what to expect and what potential treasures are waiting for me to find. It may be hit or miss a lot of times, but if you have the patience and dig deep enough, you can find some really amazing pieces at such an affordable price. If you are more into online shopping, I recommend utilizing Depop or ThreadUp– two awesome resources to find some really unique, gently used clothing. Plus, not only is thrifting easy on the wallet, it is also better for the environment since you are repurposing used clothing and giving it a new home, instead of simply going to the mall.

Related: My best find yet & how to thrift like a pro

Secondly, it is okay to repeat. This millennial digital world normalizes being one-and-done with an outfit after being photographed in it. Yet, not everyone has the budget and resources of a celebrity like Kylie Jenner to do so. Also, let’s be honest, we all gravitate towards our favorite sweater or pair of jeans when there’s no scheduled shoots for the day.

I maximize my wardrobe by styling what I have in my closet as many ways as possible. A lot of the pieces I own are not some outrageous trendy, so I feel like I can wear them years from now. This is why I love more timeless clothing articles. I am far from a capsule wardrobe, but am slowly getting there!

Related: Fall Wardrobe Staple – Black Ankle Boots

When I do find myself shopping at regular retails (online or in-store), I almost always find myself in the clearance or sale section. To be quite honest, this is definitely not a new thing for me. This is just how I am because nothing makes me happier than a good bargain! These sections should not be overlooked though. Sometimes it’s not all out-of-season styles. For instance, I scored these black boots from H&M for only $15! They are already a staple in my F/W wardrobe!

Photographed by DCPNY

Lastly, if you are a fashion blogger like me, really consider how much you spend on clothing pieces you only wear a couple of times. I am so much happier just knowing I am slowly building a wardrobe that is still reflective of me and at a fraction of the price. Just so you know, I am not saying purchasing something at full price is bad! However, if you have the opportunity to save some money why not take it, right? This might be more relevant to some others considering I am just got out of college and am still very much in that “broke college student” lifestyle.

How to Save Money:

1. Try to thrift as much as possible! You just never know what you can find.

Goodwill Locater

Depop

ThredUp

2. Maximize your wardrobe! Play dress up and make new outfit combinations.

Inspiration: 9 Ways to Wear a White T-Shirt by Aimee Song

3. Stalk the Sales! Also, I always check for coupons when I am out!

Retail Me Not

On a side note, I occasionally get some fashion items sent to me from companies, but I have also taken a new approach to blog collaborations as well. I am a lot more strict about who I work with and making sure our values align. This means turning down some opportunities, so only a small portion of what I wear is sponsored!

All About Self-Control

I hope this helps you in some way or maybe just gives you a new perspective on such a saturated industry! Again, I am not condoning those who have a large budget to spend on clothing, but at this point in my life, I just don’t have the resources to constantly be shopping…and I am so okay with this! Sticking to these tips has really helped me cutback on unnecessary spending. That being said, I hope you will continue to check out my outfit posts! In the future, you can just expect even more thrifted pieces – yay!!

 

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Haul: Casual Summer Tops

Good morning, babes! Today I have a quick haul of some easy, breezy summer shirts I have collected over the past 2 weeks or so. I wanted to share these because I thought they are some great summer basics to have this season.
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Striped Open Back Crop Top

I am obsessed with any sort of crop top. I am really short, but I feel like a crop top gives the illusion of a longer torso and therefore adds a bit of “height”. This particular one caught my eye because of the classic black and white striped pattern and also the unique open back. I can just picture myself wearing this with high-waisted denim shorts on vacation.

Goodwill

I found this little number at the thrift store. I know it’s just a simple tee, but it is in a gorgeous pale yellow in a light, breathable fabric. Plus, the brand is Theory so I knew the quality of this shirt would be nice and long-lasting, even for a thrifted fine.

Tie Dye Print T-Shirt

Contrary to the last shirt, this tee is a lot more fun because of the tie dye print. It has been a long time since I have rocked anything tie dye and I am so glad I can bring it back with this top. It’s fairly oversized and perfect for relaxed looks. Not to mention, it’s so freaking soft!!

Goodwill

Lastly, I have this mint green crewneck top that I also found at Goodwill during the 50% sale, so it ended up being $2. Can’t beat that. I love this pastel color and thought it would be perfect to chuck over an outfit on a cooer summer night.

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Crop It

 

 

 

 

 

If you saw on my Instagram story the other day, I found this $7 mustard denim jacket at Goodwill and decided to hack it into a similar jacket I really wanted from Urban Outfitters. However, this BDG version is $79, so I was so happy to find a much cheaper alternative. All I had to do was hack off half of the bottom and it was good to go! I paired it with a simple black tank top and these gorgeous green satin shorts (similar).

As of lately, I have had quite a difficult time shopping for clothes. As I grew older, I started spending less and less on clothes because I got more frugal as time passed. That is why I love going thrifting. If you look hard enough and maybe with a little DIY, you can find something similar to the piece you were eying in the store for a fraction of the price. I essentially saved myself $72 by patiently waiting and not purchasing that BDG jacket although I really wanted it. It is definitely a lesson to be learned!

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Coming Apart at the Seams

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Monday! I hope you guys had an amazing weekend. Mine consisted of lots of work, but lots of play (maybe too much), but it was my friend’s birthday so you can’t blame me, right? On Sunday I worked and took it easy, hence this super cozy/casual look. I am wearing this sweatshirt I got from American Apparel, but since they’re going out of business it’s not listed don their website – sorry! I paired it with my favorite thrifted/DIY denim capris, my denim Vans, and my Supreme shoulder bag.

I have been absolutely loving this bag by the way! Even though, my one friend asked if I was using a camera bag as a purse 😂 She just does not understand da Preme life. It’s pretty small so it forces me to downsize by only bringing my essentials, which is kind of nice to avoid the dreaded bag clutter that always seems to accumulate. This bag is also pretty durable and not fussy, so I don’t really have to worry about it. Here are some other practical, durable bags you might be interested in:

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