The latest figures reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the American clothing industry has taken the lead in generating e-commerce sales Data gathered shows that on the average and on a global scale, an online shopper spends about $161 every month on clothing.
According to the 2021 statistical report, the amount spent on clothing by an average American family, has increased to $1,700, coming from a previously reported figure of $1,400. American women are still the greatest consumers of clothing; for having shopped an average of $2,000 every year, on garments bought from both offline and online outlets.
Nevertheless, as clothes are no doubt expensive and often mentioned as one of the leading wastes generated by the country, many American consumers are looking for ways to help them reduce clothing expenses. Apparently not everyone is making a good job of it because they don’t know how and where to start.
Shopping for Clothes within Budget
Spending less money on clothing is easy as shopping without blowing one’s budget is something most Americans are good at. They usually buy during SALE events. Some others are into smart shopping by buying only from stores recommended by consumer sites which give guides about products and stores that have great discount offers, free-shipping offers or loyalty rewards programs.
However, inasmuch as discount shoppers maintain a mindset that they are buying something cheap or at a bargain price, the discounts or rebates only help increase the number of items bought, instead of realizing savings from the price cuts.
Focus on Changing Your Mindset When Shopping for Clothes
The focus on changing one’s buying habits therefore is not when and where to buy, but on the motivations that influence decisions on what to buy and why we need to buy. Consider the suggestions below as these can help shape your buying behavior when it comes to shopping for clothing and accessories:
Determine Your Fashion Style
The reason why many of the clothing items you buy don’t end up as your favorites is because they don’t really define your style. While they may look good on other people, they don’t have the same effect on you as the lines and fabrics don’t work well on your built and with the way you carry your clothes.
Take a good look at the fabrics and style that best flatter your figure without cramping your natural movement. That way you can stick to them as your choices of useful and practical wardrobe.
Always Choose Quality over Quantity
When buying clothes and accessories, check out reviews not only of the items but also about the manufacturers. Some garment companies tend to mass produce clothes that are good only for single or two-time use.
The fast fashion industry is being criticized as a not sustainable business model because it uses fabrics that will not last for years.
Others who use quality materials do not pay fair compensation to workers nor provide proper workplace environments tions just so the company can reduce costs that will allow them to sell at cheaper prices.
Be a Fashionista Only if You Can Afford to be One
When shopping online try not to imagine yourself as a fashionista who has to stay up to date with current trends. Especially if the current styles do not fit your budget and lifestyle; or if these are something you plan to wear on some distant and uncertain future occasions.
Always opt for high quality outfits that always look right on you regardless of fashion trend or event, in case you want to include special and distinctive wearables to add to your wardrobe.
Actually, adopting these suggestions will help you develop appreciation for fewer but better clothes that you will love to wear for years. Mainly because more often than not, they are comfortable and don’t go out of style.