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Since I started Pret-a-Collection.com I’ve been looking for sustainable brands to support and help you to create a lasting capsule wardrobe. But I do understand living on a tight budget because there are kids and impossibility to work full time. But these reasons shouldn’t stop us from wanting less but better. As I’ve been living with my capsule wardrobe for a while, I can tell I do really enjoy it. I wanted to show you how to create a capsule wardrobe on a budget.
Create a Capsule Wardrobe On a Budget
As I mentioned above there are a few reasons for spending less for ourselves, I get you I am one of you ladies. As much as I am trying to live life more sustainably sometimes I find it hard to get what I want. I don’t want to go back to buying what I don’t like that much. I decided to buy items that I really like and it lasts. My Zara trenchcoat is already 7 years old and looks new. So why not look around and create the wardrobe that suits us with the budget in mind.
When you shop with a tight budget in mind you should shop with strict rules.
- Don’t buy anything that is only close to what you really want.
- Don’t buy something just because it is on sale.
- Don’t buy anything that doesn’t fit as it should fit.
- Don’t buy polyester clothes – no one wants to feel uncomfortable in stinky clothes.
- Don’t buy fashion trends – it lasts only for a season, and we need to save money not to spend more.
- Be careful with prints.
- Don’t buy cheap cotton t-shirts – they won’t last!!
- Look at the stitching.
- Look at the material.
- Look at the details.
- Ask the right questions ( Do I really need it? How often will I wear it? )
When you are looking at the material it needs to feel good on the skin, soft touch but strong enough to last for years to come. And not to forget natural and breathable wherever it’s possible. A few years ago I never bought expensive materials like cashmere and silk, but these days you can buy this kind of clothing at a reasonable price. Start at Uniqlo for cashmere, when you sign up for their emails you can get £10 off. On the sale, you can get a cashmere crewneck sweater for £30. You still have a great quality item that lasts for a great price. Lately, I fell in love with their blouses as well. Fit is great, slightly oversize and the material is really nice on the skin. It is not silk but feels is lovely.
You will maybe hate me for this, but when I need jeans I always shop at Zara. Zara jeans fit me the best and I don’t want to dig in uncertainty and spend money on something that I don’t know if they fit. I can buy online and fit is exactly as I expected. So if you know there is a brand that fits you well and you’ve been wearing their clothes for years stick to it.
Experiment And Browse
I recently bought a top through Instagram. I found a lady who makes lovely pieces and sent her DM with loads of questions. Her customer service was amazing, mostly she replied straight away, and when top arrived it was exactly as described. I bought something small as a summer cami top is, but it feels great, the price was amazing and I supported a small business. I am glad I found her account. Take your time, have a look around and ask questions. You won’t be disappointed. It’s your hard-earned money and you want to invest.
I am not into many accessories, but I love hats, scarves and leather bags. All in minimalistic look. Accessories take your outfit to a different level. When I look for a bag I go for leather. On my list is this little crossbody as I need to slowly replace the one that has been with me for 5 years.
Hope you like this post and you will appreciate the honest look into my wardrobe. What’s are your favourite shops where do you shop most of the time and it fits you well? Leave a comment with your favourite shops and we can discover something new.