Published: 22nd Jun 2016
As winter is drawing to a close, you may be thinking about swapping woolly jumpers and wellies for summer dresses and sandals. You could also be fretting over how much it will cost to update your wardrobe for warmer weather, but there is no need.
You can get yourself ready for the Spring/Summer season without severely damaging your bank balance, you just need to be a little canny and use your most powerful ally: the internet.
Online shopping has become a huge phenomenon in recent years, with figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that 74 per cent of adults bought goods or services through a website in 2014, while 64 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds are using the internet to buy clothes.
Here are a few websites that are guaranteed to help you look great this summer without breaking the bank.
As you probably already know, eBay is an online auction site that allows you to buy anything from a pair of shoes to a used car. It's also a great place to go to when you're in the market for some new clothes, as you can choose between bidding on second-hand garments or brand new ones.
Prices can start as low as a single penny, meaning you can grab yourself more than a few bargains to prepare yourself for the sunshine - but only the deals can be guaranteed, as who knows what the great British weather will actually be like!
Here's a top tip: you can generally pay unbelievably low prices if you buy things a season ahead, so buy a winter coat in summer or a pair of sandals in autumn. This is because people are clearing their wardrobes out of things they don't need.
Launched back in 2000, Asos has grown into a massively successful online-only retailer, selling goods from over 850 brands, as well as its own range of products and accessories. Prices here are typically cheaper than those found in actual stores and they often have sales offering customers enormous discounts.
The Asos Outlet is the cut-price part of the website, giving customers the chance to buy quality clothes for extremely cheap prices. While these clothes and accessories are end of season, it's worth investing in any way, as you can keep them until the weather is suitable to wear them again.
Although it's relatively new, Everything5pounds should definitely not be overlooked when hunting for up-to-date fashion without hefty price tags. This is a website that does what it says on the tin: everything they sell costs just £5.
Whether its a coat, bag or new pair of boots, you will pay just a fiver, which is less than the cost of a meal from your favourite fast food restaurant. Some items do sell out really quickly, obviously due to the ridiculously low prices, so if you see something you like, don't hesitate to grab it.
This is another online-only retailer that can help you take the Spring/Summer season by storm, without you needing to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Boohoo.com is based up north and sells its own-brand clothing, shoes and accessories its low prices.
The website helps fashion-conscious men and women play around with the latest trends, even if they're on a budget. If you sign up to their newsletter, you can be informed when the launch of sales start, helping you to save even more money.
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