As part of achieving budget friendly style, you must become an expert at shopping your own closet. The more you are able to effectively create new looks from pieces that you already own, the less you will have to spend on buying new pieces to transform your look.
In an effort to find the best options for budget friendly style, I am always on the look out for great new places to shop. In one of the networks that I belong to I came across a great new site that I wanted to take the time to share with you.The site came to me via USA Lovelist and introduced me to a great American design team. Venley by Youth Monument is an affordable option for some of those elusive quality basics that we are always searching for and a great option for all of those looking to keep their wardrobe dollars here in the U.S. Youth Monument is vertically integrated in downtown Los Angeles and has some great fashion forward options for your casual wardrobe. Here I found some great quality pieces that would work with any budget for both myself as well as the hubby. My favorite piece is a 3/4 sleeve baseball raglan in charcoal grey. The top is shown with a denim cutoff short, but it would also work well with a distressed capri for casual days with the kiddos. If you are one of those couples who likes to match on occasion, there is a matching version for him. As an added bonus, the company is also sponsoring a great giveaway with over $500 in prizes as well. The intent of the contest is to help fuel the occupation of your closet with Made in America products. You enter the giveaway by sending a tweet with the hashtag #occupyyourcloset explaining why Made in the USA is important to you. The contest will run until the end of April with a total of 20 winners and every tweet will qualify as an entry so tweet away. I hope you like the designer as much as I do, and I will continue to bring you up and coming designers as I find them. Once you check out the site, circle back and let me know what your favorite piece was.
Creating fashion forward style is about mastering four basic style elements and creating variations of those elements using pieces that you either currently own or are about to purchase. The four elements that you need to create any look with fashion forward style are a basic piece, an interest piece, a finishing piece and a statement accessory. Before your next big shopping spree decide which of these elements you are in dire need of and work from there. If you keep those thoughts in mind as you shop, you will avoid squandering those valuable wardrobe dollars.
Welcome back to the second part in our series on how to protect your fashion investment. If you missed anything please click here: How to Protect Your Fashion Investment Part 1. Now for today’s tips and tricks:
Pay Attention to the Care Instructions
One of the costliest mistakes that people make when it comes to managing their style is failing to read the care instructions on a garment. Those care instructions are meant to extend the life of the garment. Following them closely will result in you saving money by not having to replace your garments as often. Dark colors should be washed in cold water. Light colors should be washed in warm water. Wash your whites in hot water. When you are washing your clothes, turn them inside out in order to prevent fading and reduce pilling. Finally, use a mesh bag to wash your delicate items so that they do not become trapped in the drum of your washer.
Invest in Quality Hangers
Quality hangers are another way that you can extend the life of your garment. Garments that are hung using the wrong hanger will sag over time and lose shape at the shoulder. If you buy a sturdy hanger your garment will continue to be of use season after season again saving you money by eliminating the need for a replacement garment.
Your Closet is Key
Your closet is another key when it comes to extending the life of your wardrobe. Do not overcrowd your closet in an attempt to hang everything up. Clothes need to breathe in between wears and they are unable to do so in a jam-packed closet. Another reason to leave room in your closet is that when your clothes are packed too close together in your closet, you run the risk of snagging your garments on other hangers, belts, or embellishments on the clothes in your closet.
When it comes to treating stains, there are two important points to consider. You must treat stains as they occur and you must treat them correctly. Ice is a great tool to harden chewing gum and help remove it from a garment. Hairspray will breakdown an ink stain and help remove it from the garment. Soak a blood, chocolate, or soft drink stain in cold water before laundering to help break the stain down before laundering.
You must also treat flaws as they occur rather than waiting to let a small problem develop into a problem that can no longer be corrected, thus ruining the garment. If you find that a seam or a cuff is starting to loosen, take it to your local cleaners to be fixed before it becomes a flaw too big to fix.
Now, its your turn to sound off, what tricks to you use to keep your garments looking new?