How to Upgrade Your Wardrobe on a Budget

It is a common misconception that in order to update your look and improve your style, you have to spend an arm and a leg or opt for cheap products. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Self-expression can cost as much or as little as you’d like. By following some tips, you can revamp your wardrobe and have plenty of money left over for going out, traveling, or whatever you like to do that gives you the chance to show off your personal style. Here are some tips to upgrade your style without spending a ton of money.

Review What’s Currently in Your Wardrobe

The first thing you need to do is get an idea of what you already have in your closet. Make sure that you have all the essentials. Although this will vary slightly from woman to woman, you need to have a nice dress, blouse, basic sweater or cardigan, black dress pants, jeans, solid t-shirts that are long and short sleeved, and a skirt that goes to your knees. Don’t forget to take an assessment of your handbags and purses, too.

In terms of shoes, double check that you have a pair of boots, heels, sandals, flats, and casual shoes. If you need a upgrade in the shoe department, your best bet is to shop at a smaller shoe store. You’ll find cheaper prices so you can have the best options to choose from.

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Always Look for Sales

At the end of every retail season, stores cut prices to clear out the racks for next season’s clothing. You can benefit from these sales if you time your trip to the store correctly. For spring sales, you want to go shopping in March. If you wait until April, everything will be on clearance.

In the summer, look for sales to start in July with the clearance sales beginning in August. You will see some fall sales in September, but the real savings are in October.

Winter sales start on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and continue until Christmas. After Christmas and into January, you can find amazing deals on winter clothes and holiday items. Sign up for mailing lists for your favorite stores to stay on top of all sales throughout the year.

Shop at Second-Hand Stores

Consignment shops and thrift stores offer a win-win for you as you revamp your wardrobe. You can sell any old clothes of value at a consignment shop, and donate what absolutely must-go to your local thrift store. While you are there, you can also browse their racks to find prices on pieces you wouldn’t be able to afford brand new.

Try a Capsule Wardrobe

Being a minimalist is a popular concept right now, and it applies to your clothes as well. To adopt a capsule wardrobe, you limit yourself to 30 or fewer clothing items for any particular season. With a capsule wardrobe, you have fewer pieces to choose from but an endless array of options thanks to creative mixing and matching.

Accessorize to Make New Outfits

If you are tired of wearing the same thing over and over, you can use accessories to perk up the outfit. An inexpensive piece of jewelry or a stylish belt can dramatically change the look of any outfit.

Try to find accessories with colors that are in style at the moment. If you are going to shop for the latest trends, it’s best to do this with accessories–because they are cheaper than always getting the latest dress or a new skirt.



Reclaim Ripped and Broken Items

If your closet is full of ripped clothes or broken items, it’s time you took them to your local shop to get fixed, or learn to fix them yourself. Did the strap rip off of your favorite purse? Are you not able to wear your favorite pair of boots because of a hole in the bottom?

You’d be surprised what a good tailor could do for your items. With a little TLC, your pieces will be better than brand new and cost a fraction of the price.

Pick Out Classic Designs

When it comes time to splurge on an expensive piece of clothing, choose something that you can wear for all occasions. This usually means sticking one of the classic shapes or colors that will never go out of style. You can often wear classic designs for more than one season so you get more use out of the costly piece.

For example, consider buying a pair of adidas sneakers, they can be worn with just about anything, and have been around for so many years–they’ll likely go out of style.

Have Fun with Your Look

Don’t be afraid to take a risk with your style, you may end up creating a look that works really well for you with items you already have. If you do end up going shopping, just make sure you are buying what you really need, not just things you want.

Go for statement pieces, and items that won’t go out of style. You could also never go wrong with some basic clothes paired with bright and bold accessories. Switch things up, changing your style can give you all the confidence in the world.

Amie Scott