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The problem with being a fashion queen at the moment is the economy is suffering, but that doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to suffer to. It’s just means you have to think outside the box when it comes to hunting for new clothes. Don’t sit at home hoping to win the lottery or a free shopping spree, learn how to be a frugal fashion queen. There are so many ways you can save money on clothes nowadays, from the internet to old school clothes swapping. You can get that fashion fix; you just need to know how to build a budget wardrobe. Here are some frugal fashion tips to help you out.

Charity Shops
Don’t miss out on finding some great clothes in a charity shop, all for a good cause. Be clever about what charity shops you go into. Choose charity shops in very affluent areas and you could get second hand outfits from the rich and famous.

Home Shopping Catalogues
Order a home shopping catalogue and you can decide what items of clothing you really need. Catalogues often do some really good deals and reward loyal customers.

Cashback Sites
Major fashion brands and online department stores are now on cashback sites. When you buy clothes through a cashback site you can get money back when you shop online. If you are loyal to a particular brand then you could earn a fair amount of cashback.

Get Creative
Do you have any sewing or creative skills? Use them to transform old garments and materials. If you don’t feel confident making a whole outfit from scratch then try making accessories or enhancing individual items of clothing.

Vintage Stores
All dedicated fashionistas know that you can find some real gems in vintage stores. Although some vintage shops are quite expensive, there are some cheaper ones too. They often have a sale rack and if you look hard enough you might just find a bargain.

Wardrobe Swap
Do you have a close friend that is a similar size and shape to you? Help each other out by swapping wardrobes for a few weeks, then you both get a whole new wardrobe for free.

Fashion Party
Host a fashion party with your friends where you all bring your old clothes that you don’t wear anymore. Instead of throwing things away, one of your friends can use them. Suggest that everyone brings a specific number of items so there are plenty of clothes to go around. You will get some new outfits and have a fun evening with your friends.

If you don’t want to sacrifice your favourite brands and labels then head to some of the outlet stores dotted around the country. They sell designer brands at discounted prices.