The cost of living crisis has millions of us tightening the purse strings, cutting back on non-essential items and budgeting as much as possible.
For example, splashing money on new items of clothes may seem like a luxury that can’t be afforded at the moment.
However, there are numerous ways consumers can get a new wardrobe without breaking the bank.
iwith help of experts, reveals how you can get a whole new look – without paying designer prices.
Buy second hand
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get new clothes is to buy them second hand.
Consumers can either search through their local charity shops for bargains, scour the web for cheap deals or even nab clothes friends no longer want.
Websites and apps including eBay, Depop and Vinted are popular with fashionistas looking for the newest looks at cut prices.
Similarly, consumers who have clothes they no longer wear can make money by selling their old items online.
Upcycle existing garments
Changing your existing clothes is one way to freshen up your wardrobe without throwing out and replacing the whole lot.
Merion Willis, the Craft Editor at Lovecrafts, said embroidering flowers, geometric patterns or fun lettering to clothing can give a personal finish.
“Adding embroidery to tired knitwear is a super-fast way to brighten it up.”
Recycle or donate clothes to save money on your next purchase
Several high-street stores will reward consumers for recycling their clothes. As well as helping the environment it’s a great way to get rewards you can then spend in store.
At Marks & Spencer, customers can donate a bag of unwanted clothes or soft furnishings to an Oxfam store and will be given a voucher for £5 off a £35 spend.
The donated items must contain at least one item of M&S-labelled clothing, including shoes, handbags, belts, hats, and scarves.
Meanwhile, New Look has teamed up with Hospice UK to give people who donate to the charity 15 per cent off their next order.
H&M members can also earn “Conscious Points” for making sustainable choices. Recycle clothes in-store and receive 20 points, plus a digital bonus voucher for £5 off when spending £25 or more. The items you donate doesn’t even have to be from H&M.
Invest in good quality
If you buy cheap, you generally pay twice. Look for eco-friendly and ethically sourced materials such as cotton and consider how it feels on your skin.
Generally, the softer it is, the better quality the cotton, the more washes it will endure, and the longer it is likely to last in your wardrobe.
Price per wear
Consider how much wear you are going to get out of the clothes you buy for the price before making a purchase.
Alex Grace, MD at Banana Moon clothing, said: “Think about price per wear. If you are only going to wear an item once or twice a year, consider whether the cost outweighs the benefit of owning it.
“If you will likely wear a garment once a week then it’s probably worth justifying a greater spend, but only if it’s of a quality that will withstand heavy wear.”
Sustainable, circular clothing means that every garment is designed to be returned back to them when it’s worn out so that it can be recycled and made into new products.
Looking into where you buy your clothes from and how they are made is a good way to ensure you’re staying sustainable.
If you don’t just want to buy new clothes but also get rid of some old ones, it could be worth trying clothes swapping.
This is one of the most popular trends in the sustainability space and makes it possible to ‘purchase’ new clothes using existing clothes in your wardrobe.
Lydia Hartley is the founder of Don’t Shop, Swap, a gamified clothes swapping platform.
They send customers “swap bags” to fill up with their unwanted clothes in exchange for swap coins, which they can “spend” on other items on the site.
Ms Hartley said: “Swapping helps people feel less guilty about their fashion habits, as they are only replacing items in their wardrobes rather than adding more and more every time they shop.”
There are now a number of websites where customers can rent clothes from.
Whilst this may have seemed a strange concept at first, the idea picked up traction after Carrie Johnson rented a wedding dress for her marriage to the Prime Minister.
Hirestreet is one such website, where consumers can choose from a number of brands to rent including M&S, Nobody’s Child, ASOS, Lipsy and Lavish Alice with users able to rent items from £10.
It also has a bundle option where consumers can rent three items for 30 days for £50. This could be a good if you are looking for a new holiday wardrobe or if you have a few events across a month.
Renting items can also be beneficial for consumers who would like to wear more designer options but who are unable to afford to buy them outright.