I love shopping for new clothes. I also love saving money, but I want to wear good quality clothes that look great on me. So first, you need to go shopping. Read 8 Steps to Efficiently Updating Your Wardrobe for help with that. Pay special attention to the part where you shop at stores like TJ Maxx and Ross (oh and Stein Mart is one of my favorites too.) Look for good label items and pay particular attention to the fabric quality. You’ll also want to be sure you buy something that is a little too big rather than too small.
Next, find a tailor. That’s right! I know you just saved $30 on that jacket. So take that $30 and put it towards custom tailoring. One of the secrets to looking fabulous in your clothes is making sure they fit you really well. Off-the-rack clothing is a generalization that doesn’t work for the majority of the public. That’s ok for knock-about pieces and weekend wear like T-shirts and jeans; however at the office, it doesn’t work as well. That fabulous pants suit you just bought looks “almost” right, right? It’s “pretty close,” isn’t it? So, when you are buying staple pieces for your wardrobe like blazers, skirts and pants, having them tailored is a good investment.I promise that spending the time and energy to get quality pieces custom tailored will greatly improve your appearance in them.