||[Oct. 12th, 2006|07:11 am]
Living Frugally and environmentally friendly
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what kinds of clothes to buy cheaply? I am in my 30s, and my priorities with clothes are at the moment are: clothes that can be worn in very hot weather, clothes that are suitable for work (admin positions), clothes that are reaonably versatile, and (very important) that aren't going to go out of fashion too quickly. I'm not concerned about wearing exactly what's "in" at the very moment; being able to keep what I buy is what counts for me. Also I look many years younger than I am, so would also be comfortable in clothes intended for young girls (although I'm not actually sure of what difference it makes, but just so that you have some idea).|
I like the idea of shopping in op shops, but don't want to spend a huge amount of time doing so, so it would be helpful if I had some idea of what I wanted and could quickly see whether or not the shop has it or not.
I'd say op shops are good. You can find peoples pre loved clothing at a cheaper price.
I'm not sure how internet savvy you are, but ebay.com.au. Go there, and if you don't already have an account - sign up. You can buy brand new clothing for under $10, second hand things for $2, and so on. All of the bargains are on there, and you do NOT need a credit card. I don't have one.
I agree with the previous poster on op shoppes and e-bay. However, I do have a few tips to add.
1. Buy classic clothing. Make sure that your clothes have clean, classic lines and they will never go out of fashion. You can keep your wardrobe updated with mod accessories or a new fashion item or two a season. Say you have a classic skirt. Pair it up with a nice 'this season' green silk top, a wide belt and some dangling earrings and you have a fashionable, yet timeless outfit.
2. The best op shoppes to go to are in the ritzier neighborhoods. Don't expect to find much high fashion in good condition in an area where people are generally coal miners, if you get my drift. I do find a few things in Newcastle, but most of my stuff comes from Sydney.
3. Each op-shoppe seems to have it's specialty. Some are great for furniture deals and baby clothes but suck as far as career clothing goes. Some have great clothes but no kitchenware worth buying. You might need to ask around your particular area to find the ones with the best clothes.
4. Although you look younger than you are, beware of dressing like a teenager. I have the same difficulty. I fit in a size 6 junior wear but have to be careful that I match the skirt or slacks with a longer top since I am 48. That look of granny trying to appear 18 is so bad.
Have fun and if you live in the Sydney area maybe I can help you with finding the right shoppes.
Sorry, no idea how it works!