You already know about clipping coupons and waiting for sales. But there are even more ways to stretch your clothing dollar.
Reversible clothing gained popularity with vacationers for its two-outfits-in-one versatility. But you can also use reversible clothing to save money on everyday clothes. Look for everything from swimwear to dresses that have two different sides (often one's a solid, the other's a print) to double the outfit's wearability.
One of the biggest money savers is opting for clothing you can wear year-round. Although cut (sleeves, no sleeves) will dictate how many seasons you can wear an item, fabric is your biggest determining factor. Although natural fibers fare best in temperature extremes -- hot or cold -- jersey and other knits work just fine for most seasons.
3. Trading DownIf you've bought $200+ jeans and designer bags in the past but now can't afford them, don't give up on shopping. You can find great items at a price at mall-based and specialty store chains. For example, if you've been buying labels at a boutique, you may be surprised by how well budget stores interpret current trends for a very low price.
The right accessories can transform your wardrobe and give you multiple looks, which saves money. Some accessories -- like a perfect bangle bracelet or a distinctive necklace -- can even work with most of your outfits, becoming your signature look and eliminating the need for a closetful of accessories.
The beauty of stretch fabrics? Stretch accommodates your body on fat or skinny days, so you don't have to buy black pants in three sizes. In the past stretch clothes got a bad rap (polyester!) but now the stretch is so subtle and comfy that you're the only one you know you're wearing it.