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21 February 2014

Build your winter wardrobe on a budget

Although the mad rush of post-Christmas sales is behind us, it seems there is always a bargain to be had – if you know where and how to look.

It’s only February but retailers have us eyeing out coats, boots and scarves as we plan for the season ahead.  Here are some tips to help you pay a fraction of the full price when stocking up your trans-seasonal wardrobe.

1. Look for the racks at the back of the store

When a new line of fresh stock hits the floor, it’s in the retailer’s interest to put it front and centre of the store to pique your interest in the latest trends. So, save the ’new arrivals’ section for a little later and seek out the sale racks which are usually at the far end of the store or in a secluded corner.  Although it may not be the latest fashions, you can often find good basics which will never go out of style and are perfect for layering in those in-between months.

2. Shop Online

For those of us in the southern hemisphere who are a season ahead/behind, visiting the sites of overseas retailers means you can take advantage of heavily marked down winter stock just in time for our chilly season. With these northern hemisphere regions experiencing much colder winters than ours, the range and quality of winter clothing is worth the wait when it comes to shipping.

3. Host a clothes swap

Technically this doesn’t involve shopping but hosting a clothes swap with friends and family could be a great way for you to offload your unwanted or ill-fitting items while picking up some freebies for yourself. Set the rules beforehand to ensure clothes are of a similar standard and laundered in advance – and why not throw in some wine and nibbles and make a night of it? You can also donate any unwanted clothes to an organisation like Dress for Success which helps women rejoin the workforce looking their best.

4. Combine shopping and holidays!

Heading to Asia, Europe or the USA? Save some extra room in your suitcase to stock up on bargains given the cost of clothing can be considerably less than down under.

5. Shop Smart

If you’ve bought something recently which suits you, is easy to wash/iron and you wear a lot, then you could consider buying a second one in a different colour when it’s on sale at the end of the season. Because you know exactly what you’re getting, you can save time as well as money – and you know it will be a purchase that will come in useful.

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