I’m no fashionista; I am happiest in my jeans and wellies. However, I do have three frugal style guru daughters, who know all the tricks to finding stylish bargains. They are the mistresses of frugal fashion! I also need smart, nice quality clothes for work.
We all refuse to spend a lot of money on clothes. Once you start finding frugal fashion bargains you resent paying full price for anything.
Here are our collective thoughts on frugal fashion.
Best bargain sites
I just bought three tops from everything5pounds.com and I am really pleased with them. As you would imagine, they were £5 each. This company sells de-tagged goods from various high street stores. They are amazing value and I have bought several bits of clothing here since I discovered this site.
My daughters also like Look of the Day. Not as cheap as Everything5pounds but still some great bargains. They also have some cracking sales. The deal at the moment is two dresses for £20, but there are a lot of sale items at £5.
Another site they rate is I Saw it First. They also have brilliant sales on with many items for £5 and 25% off everything else currently when you use the code YAY25.
All of these sites feature quite young, figure hugging fashion. So if that’s not your cup or tea, how about the following.
The majority of my clothes are purchased second-hand. I find endless quality bargains at boot sales and rarely spend more than £1 or £2 per item. Some are actually new with tags – impulse purchases never worn by the previous owner. I have come across lovely items that were originally very expensive from brands such as Monsoon, Phase Eight and Karen Millen, as well as good high street names such as Next, Marks and Spencer and Laura Ashley.
However, as boot sales only run over the summer, charity shops are good too. You need to be prepared to spend more, obviously. I find some of them over-priced these days, though. My daughter pointed out to the staff in one of them that they were charging more for a second hand Primark top than you would currently pay brand new!
Online pre-owned frugal fashion
Most people are aware of eBay as the place to ‘bag a bargain’, but Depop is less well known. This is aimed generally at a younger market. My daughter often looks for a particular item that she has seen at full price in the shops. She says they frequently pop up within just a few months of being bought and she can get them at a fraction of the original price.
Youngest daughter loves Top Shop, but can’t afford their prices on her student income. She makes a mental note of clothes that she loves and makes a beeline for them in the sales. She often finds them at their sale prices. Patience really is a virtue!
Most towns have a factory shop somewhere that sell all kinds of things at great prices, including clothes and shoes. They are worth a peruse. Our local one would definitely attract an older clientele though. You can search for your nearest here.
I have to mention it! My daughters love Primark, or Primarni as we call it. The clothing isn’t made to last, but it is a very good place to source frugal fashion bargains. I find it great for basics such as vests and T-shirts and the cheapest place for tights. One of my daughters bought these beautiful boots there for £15. She has had so many compliments. I think they are gorgeous!
If you love a dress or pair of shoes and just cannot wait for a sale, at least use a cash back site such as TopCashback to see if the retailer is on there. One daughter asked me to get her a jacket from Nasty Gal for her birthday, and I got 8% cash back.
What is your go to place for frugal fashion? Do you buy cheaply, or would you rather spend more on quality classics that will last?
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