How To Save Up For Your First Big Fashion Investment | Clozette

Everyone has their own idea of the 'perfect wardrobe', and this proves true whether you're into trendy and preppy looks or bold and alternative styles. After all, one of the easiest yet most creative ways we can express our individuality is through the way we dress. 

But as we enter new stages in our lives, like leaving university life or making a career move, refreshing our wardrobe becomes less a luxury and more a necessity. 

So if you've reached that point when you want (and need) to curate your wardrobe your way, we've got just the tips on how you can work your way through that first big fashion investment. 

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Create a list of staples



Always start with taking note of what you are shopping for. Is it for job hunting? Should it be flexible for any career? Or is it a way of treating yourself and revamping your personal style? No matter what you're aiming for, make sure you know exactly what you both need and want and try to think of pieces in general  not brands. This way, you can picture what you want your wardrobe to look like and what ensembles you can create. 

Divide your list into sections



Once you have everything listed down, you can start weighing which pieces you need the most and what can be set aside  at least for a while. This step will significantly help you once you start planning out your budget.  

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Start scouting



Just like in any other investment, research is very important. Start looking up and comparing prices of pieces that are similar to what you are targeting to buy so you can see which one works for your goal. 

Oh, and don't forget to take note of future promos and sales while you're at it! 

Work on your budget



One common mistake that people make is putting this up as their first step. However, this works only with regular shopping habits. When it comes to building your wardrobe and truly investing in pieces that are more of a need than a want, splurging a little is necessary, and initial budgeting can prove to be restrictive. 

So to make your fashion investment work to your advantage, make sure you have your eyes on staple pieces first and have a price comparison of brands in mind before you set a budget that is achievable based on your spending habits. 


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Treat it as a reward



When we say fashion investment, we all get the idea that it means saving and spending a huge amount of money. But having to buy something piece-by-piece can lead to unnecessary purchases and having pieces in your wardrobe that are less versatile. Always keep in mind that having a well-put-together wardrobe and having all the staple pieces readily available to you is saving you money in the long run more than you think. 

As an added motivation to make sure you keep on working through this fashion goal, one major tip is to set your big shopping day on a special occasion, like your birthday or your work anniversary, and treat it as a big incentive for yourself.

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Don't know what to save up for? Here are new classics to covet.

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One of the hardest things about putting an outfit together is the idea that despite the fact that we have tons of fashion pieces available, we still can't seem to find something to wear. It can be a mystery to some people, but it's a real dilemma that can be challenging to deal with, especially if you have daily commitments to attend and you always have to look well put together. 

So this New Year, take the opportunity to refresh your closet and say goodbye to 'nothing-to-wear' moments. To help you out, here's a list of new classics for every mood and style to get you started on that wardrobe revamp.

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Crew neck sweater



Living in the tropics can make it hard to pull off sweaters. When the weather is cooler but putting on layers of clothing is too much, you'll realise how much having a crew neck sweater in your closet pays off. Perfect for whether you're going casual, dainty, or even semi-formal, this piece is a versatile pair to match any type of bottoms.  

Jumpsuit



When this fashion piece made its resurgence, we immediately saw its value as a wardrobe staple. Jumpsuits are the saving grace of people who want to steer clear from dresses and skirts but still want to look put-together. Plus, it also works for those who simply don't have the luxury of time to curate a full outfit ensemble but still want to make a statement with their look.

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Carry-all tote


Always on the go? Worry no more about matching your bag with your outfit or forgetting something at home by getting yourself a neutral-toned carry-all tote. Not only is it an essential, but it's also a sleek way to be efficient. 

Leggings



Whether you like them sheer, fully opaque, or good for athleisure wear, leggings have come a long way from where it started – and it is the very reason why it's a wardrobe must-have. If you feel like jeans are too stuffy or you'd love to wear a dress but not in the mood to show some skin, this is another versatile piece that can work to your advantage. Imagine going from preppy to edgy in a snap, minus the effort!


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Last year, we had a blast feasting our eyes on mind-blowing beauty and fashion trends. From mattes and tons of glitter to nudes and avant-garde shades taking the spotlight, the beauty and fashion industry became really diverse. We figured 2016 was just the beginning, though. 

Since it's a new year, we can't help but anticipate bigger and better things to come in terms of beauty and style trends. 

In keeping with our way of delivering the latest in fashion and beauty, we came up with our list of predictions for how 2017 will shape future trends. 

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Crazy for curls



Just like what everyone said in 2016, stick straight hair is so 10 years ago. That's why we're calling it -- this year, tighter and bolder curls (think corkscrew and coiled locks!) will take center stage once more and become the base for all the crazy hair trends that will emerge. 

Still crossing over nudes and bolds


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No one really suspected that when nude shades became the biggest thing early last year, it would share the crown with big, bright, and bold colours -- but hey, it happened! From mixing and matching wild and loud prints with muted tones and pieces to balancing a pastel-inspired beauty look with a strong, monochromatic ensemble, we're still expecting a myriad of paradoxical yet pleasant trends to make its way both on the runways and the streets.
A new wave in skincare



K-beauty continuously takes the world by storm with the philosophy that the secret to an amazing beauty look is an extensive and effective skincare routine. And if ampoules and face masks made their way into our daily regimens last year, we are definitely counting on revamped versions of serums, emulsions, and even entire skincare kits to hit the market in the months to come. 

The 80's making a major comeback



Denims, chokers, and '90s grunge, in general, made their resurgence in 2016, which made us hope and yearn for more throwback trends to hit the runway once more. And one era that hugely influenced the modern fashion scene is none other than the '80s. We already have crop tops and animal prints present, so this year, why not make power suits, funky (faux) fur, chunky accessories, and even scrunchies a thing again? Give it a modern twist, perhaps?

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Speaking of trends, give 2017's Pantone Colour Of The Year a try with these styling tips!

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