Your New Year Wardrobe Detox

Posted on: 14 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

There’s never been a better time to redress your fashion sense – and discover how to look good for less.

Now that the party season’s over, it might be a long time before your festive frocks seem like good value on a cost per wear basis. However, the credit crunch needn’t leave you in a fashion fix. If you’re counting your pennies - or your maxed out credit cards - it’s time to take a fresh look at how you can make the most of your wardrobe.

You may never again get round to wearing that fabulous frock, sky high heels or statement accessories so streamline your wardrobe instead.

By releasing the value locked in your wardrobe and reselling key pieces, you could start to pay off those credit card bills - and even make money to help fund your next shopping expedition.

The Boutique

If you’re looking for a stylish new way to beat the credit crunch and cash in on fashion, take a trip to a second-hand boutique such as The Dress Agency in Ruislip Manor, West London.

The Dress Agency sells as-good-as-new fashions on behalf of its female clientele, many of whom confess they have never worn what they once thought was an absolute ‘must have’. One woman’s fashion faux pas can be another woman’s style success.

Sell your good-as new-fashions and you’ll earn commission on the sale price. This kind of boutique is springing up everywhere and benefit seller and customer alike.

The Wardrobe Therapist

Wardrobe TherapistIf you are feeling brave, employ a Wardrobe Therapist to go through your cupboards and advise you to keep, chuck, donate or sell each piece of clothing and footwear.

The benefit of a service like this is that, although it costs money, your therapist will explain which clothes suit your body shape and colouring so you shouldn’t make the same mistakes again and you'll be able to make money back from your previous erroneous purchases.

Online Swapshops and Auctions

You can swap your unwanted clothing for items of a similar value on online swapshops or sell it on a auction site such as eBay or to make a little money. You may not be guaranteed a high price, but if the bidding takes off and you have a few people interested you might get more than you bargained for and the possibility of getting a good sale makes it more exciting than some other options.

Classified Ads

Consider listing designer or special pieces of clothing in your local newspaper’s classifieds section. There are also plenty of online classified sites worth having a look at. If you have clothing all in one size, you may be able to sell your clothing items as a lot. There are lots of people out there looking for an inexpensive new work wardrobe.

Make Do And Mend

SewingIf you’ve got good sewing skills you could try altering items which you don’t wear or which don’t fit you any more.

Alternatively, find a good seamstress who can carry out this work for you, it will cost a fraction of buying new and you’ll have a completely original piece of clothing to show off. You could even sell the resulting garment as a one-off piece and make some extra cash.

Do you have any other ideas on how to make the most out of your clothing? Why not leave a comment below or discuss it on the 50connect forums?

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