I am sure a lot of people are aware of the current economic state in Zimbabwe. While a lot of us are suffering because of the financial hit this nation is facing, sadly, life still has to go on.
Under such circumstances, fashion isn’t a priority for the majority of us, unfortunately. This post is solely based on my experience in 2019, I struggled to find financial balance between everything else and my love for clothes. I love my fashion, I love my food. Truth is there is more to life than these things. 2020 we are doing our best to save those coins!
To me, these are things I consider my source of entertainment (My husband laughs every time I say this . Honestly, it’s no secret how I love fashion. So living in Harare where prices have suddenly gone up doesn’t make it any easy.
Does this mean now we have to wear rags and not enjoy the things we love? Definitely No! I love sharing tricks and tips that might help you navigate in this fashion word. With that said, I thought I would share 5 easy ways to survive as a fashionista in Harare.
How To Survive As A Fashionista In Harare
1.Plan, Plan, Plan
You know what they say about planning. Failure to plan is planning to fail. Whatever clothing item you want, plan on it. Window shop to see as many options as you can before making your final buy. That way, you are most likely going to buy the best version of that item at a reasonable price.
2.Understand The Exchange Rate
A majority of clothing items in Harare are imported from different countries. Based on that, store owners are now pricing their products in US dollars or the equivalent of the US dollar in bond notes. You will also notice that some stores will have a higher rate than others. So between the two currencies you will discover that there could be a cheaper option. Do your math, stay on top of the rate game and save those coins.
3. It’s ok to shop outside of Zimbabwe
I can’t vouch for any other country besides South Africa. My shopping experience there has always been good. You don’t even have to go there. Send a friend or your cousin whom you know understand your taste in fashion. There are a lot of runners nowadays that you can also use.
4. Shop online
Make use of that visa card by checking out sales on international websites. Sometimes it’s ridiculously cheap that you may end up saving a whole lot more. For instance, Ego Shoes is having a 50% off sale on selected shoes. Don’t say I didn’t give you a heads up haha.
5. Go to the flea markets
Even though these are not as many as they used to be, they are still places you can still thrift shop. I am more comfortable going to Avondale flea market. The prices have gone up but the visit will be worth it when you spot something you really like.
We are all about girl power and growth over here. So if you must shop, go forth and enjoy.
Do check out Thrift Eye ZW for more affordable pre-loved clothing.
I hope these tips will help you on your fashionable journey.
See you next time.