Five Smart Tips for Shopping on a Budget

Getting ready to shop for a quality suit for a friend's wedding or you need a wardrobe overhaul but you are on a strident budget? We've got you covered. Here's a guide on how to shop on a budget and still look great!

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Getting ready to shop for a quality suit for a friend’s wedding or you need a wardrobe overhaul but you are on a strident budget? We’ve got you covered. Let’s guide you on ways to shop smartly. You can shop within your budget on SME MarketHub and still look great! There are several stylish outfits and accessories available at discount prices. Start shopping smart.

1. Go for the Classics

Thankfully, men can rock something that’s several years old and not look dated, because most of what’s out there for men is classically styled. Fill most of your wardrobe with timeless staples instead of the latest fads, and you’ll get the most out of your clothing.

Here are some staples that have been adopted into the eternal wardrobe of men:

  • White button down shirt
  • Black suit
  • Two jackets
  • sweater
  • Oxfords (classic dress shoes)
  • Polo
  • Ties
  • White T-shirt
  • Sunglasses
  • Jeans (a lighter casual pair and a darker dressier pair)
  • Watch
  • Black belt

You can create so many combinations of outfits by stocking up on these staples and mixing and matching them together. For example you can wear a colorful polo underneath your jacket, with dark jeans and your oxfords. You can also wear a white dress shirt underneath a zip-up sweater with light casual jeans and some stylish sneakers. Learn to mix and match and create multiple looks.

2. Only Buy What You Need

Sounds like common sense, but when you start shopping for less and learning how to get bargains, you can easily get sucked into wanting to buy more things. You’re under the illusion that you’re saving money, but in reality you’re not.

Whether you’re spending fifteen thousand naira on one shirt, or buying 5 items for fifteen thousand naira, you’re still spending fifteen thousand naira.

Ask yourself if you REALLY need what you are buying. Would you buy it even if it wasn’t on sale? Favor quality over quantity.

3. Trade Clothing

Get together with family or close friends and trade clothing or accessories they never wore, or got bored of after a few light uses. If your friends have great taste in clothing and you don’t care about it being worn, this can be a great way to save and get some great items. If you wash the clothes, it’s the same as picking it up at a store (where dozens of people try on the item anyway).

4. Use Accessories to Create Different Looks

Once you have the classics in your wardrobe, you can create dozens of looks just by getting some new accessories. Instead of getting new dress shirts, get some stand-out new ties and you now have dozens of new combinations you can create with your blazer/colored shirts. Just by getting a new hat, or by changing the shoes you wear, you can create a new look with the same shirt and pants. You can find accessories for a lot less than other pieces so utilize this to get the most out of your outfits.

5. Make an Analysis before You Shop

One of the biggest mistake people make is to go shopping for something without first thinking about what they already have in their closet. Sometimes, you’ll get a new item and have NOTHING in your closet to go with it, so you have to go out and buy more items to go with your new item. This is not smart shopping. Make sure you always know what you have at home before you go shopping, so that you can match accordingly.

Sometimes you’ll be surprised at what you dig up. You may even rediscover some awesome clothes you never wear. Now you have more clothes to wear without even going shopping!