Making an effort to dress well is not just about looking fashionable and stylish but also about being comfortable and confident. The outfits you chose are not just for making a fashion statement but also about showcasing your personality and making good first impressions. You may want to fill your wardrobe with the best, most stylish and latest clothes but clothes are not cheap and it is not practical to spend all your money on creating a great wardrobe because you do not need a large shopping budget to build a great wardrobe.
If you are having difficulty determining how much money you should spend on the clothes then here are a few tips that can help you in making a decision.
Check the General Budget:
The first and most important step in determining how much money you can spend on clothes is to know how much you can afford to spend. There are a lot of other things that need your attention other than clothes like bills, food, etc. Take a look at the general budget so that you know how much money you have to take care of other expenses. When you have an exact figure in mind you will be able to keep the wardrobe shopping budget realistic and refrain from making impulse purchases.
Previous Year’s Budget:
You should keep a record of how much did you spend on clothes last year so that you can evaluate what effect did the shopping budget had on rest of the expenses. If you had difficulty in taking care of other expenses after you made the shopping trips then you need to make some cuts. If you were generous in your last shopping trip and invested in a statement piece you did not really need then you have to make some sacrifices in future wardrobe shopping.
Evaluate Current Wardrobe:
Never go on a shopping trip without taking a look at your current closet. People who make that mistake end up spending money on clothing items that are already present in the closet. You should take a look at the pieces that are already in the closet and figure out the best way of building off the pieces that will help in creating great outfits without spending too much money. If you got cozy holiday pajamas last year then you do not need to spend money on womens or mens Christmas onesie. The important thing is to ensure that you have all the basic clothing items.
The Work Attire:
Work attire is essential because you have to make sure that you have appropriate clothes to wear to work as you have to think about the professional dress code. You have to make sure that you have a percentage of the shopping budget for the work attire so that you always have sharp and impressive professional clothing to wear.
Make A List of Social Activities:
If you want to make sure that you have great casual attire then you need to know where you are going to wear them. Make a list of your social activities and then take a look at the closet to see whether you need new casual clothes or not so that you do not spend more on casual clothing more than you need to.