You don’t have to spend a fortune every time the leaves change!
Why do I live where the air hurts my face?
This is a fair question for all of us that live within geographies where winter clothing is a must for most of the year. It costs more than living in a hot place in my opinion. A hot place requires less clothing containing less material. But cold areas we need layers and made of certain materials.
How much does it cost to bundle up?
It can cost oodles of money depending on what brands you are buying. Even under-layers can be upwards of $150. A nice winter jacket can be in the hundreds of dollars and in excess of $1000 for fancy winter sports jackets.
Then you have wool sweaters, socks, scarves, gloves, toques, boots. The list goes on and on and can introduce a sizable cost that wouldn’t be there if we lived in a more consistent climate.
But it doesn’t have to cost us an arm and a leg to stay cozy in the winter months. There is a couple of things you can do to combat the cold, while reducing the impact on your hard earned dollars, and still keeping up with the trends.
Boutique consignment stores are everywhere these days
It probably wouldn’t be a great idea to make donating and buying lightly used clothing a super regular occurrence as it is a loss of money, but maybe make some choices about your wardrobe and get rid of things that you don’t absolutely love.
Take all of your used items to a consignment store and see what they will take. This will save you a few dollars on getting winterized.
This should open up some money and some space for your winter wardrobe. Plus the consignment place may have some winter items that’s are significantly marked down from retail prices.
If the prices aren’t a screaming deal, go elsewhere, lightly used winter stuff is everywhere and its not worth paying a lot of money for.
Thrifting is a growing trend
If the consignment stores are still a bit pricey, have a look at the thrift stores while you drop off the items you were unable to sell. The clothes are marked down to ultra low prices and if you are diligent in your search you can uncover some high quality items for next to nothing.
It isn’t worth wasting money on new retail clothes
This applies to all seasons of clothing needs, not just winter but it is something really important to think about.
Clothing tends to come and go pretty quickly. But legit new fashions and new ideas are few and far between. Most new clothing these days is fairly similar to something that has already existed several times over.
Why pay $250 for a top when nearly an exact replica could be sourced from a thrift store for $10. Times that by around 20-30 items in your wardrobe and it is a massive savings.
Trends are now on your side for thrifting
Some people scoff at hitting up the thrift stores for their new old threads. But the fact is that trends are largely moving in a retro or vintage direction these days. Everything we thought would never come back from the 70s, 80s and 90s is coming back with a vengeance and taking the fashion world by storm.
It is a wonder why these trends are resurfacing. But it is a time to rejoice for thrifters as the latest and greatest fashion trends can be had at an extremely affordable price point.
I cannot count the number of Instagram pages that I follow of people who scour thrift stores to curate the best collections of retro and vintage styles for the public to buy from them.
The same is true for winterizing our wardrobe. It seems like a bit of a competition out there on the hills now. Who can find the greatest 90’s ski and snowboard outfits that coupled with some rad goggles are the trendiest thing right now.
And it may not apply to everything, we might not have our gloves attached to strings that run through our arms anymore, or those monstrous winter boots we used to wear.
But outstanding winter fashion can be found for a great price point at thrift stores and boutique consignment stores.
Make a day of it! Grab a few friends and set a spending limit of say $50 to put an entire outfit together and hop a few thrift stores. See who comes out with the best haul at the end of it.
If you can afford to buy a $1500 Canada Goose jacket, then you should never need one
Based on a reasonable percentage of their income allocated for clothing if a person can justify purchasing a $1500 winter jacket, they should almost never have to own one. The person would make enough money that they should be able to travel to avoid the weather enough to not need the coat at all.
Keep this in mind when pondering spending enormous amounts of money on clothing and accessories that will almost immediately become worthless.
You can get clothing that is exactly the same functionally for literally a fraction of the price. Save your money for a warm get-away every winter instead!