With the new year comes the common resolution to try to improve your appearance in a variety of ways. One of the ways that you can do this is to revamp your wardrobe. And the best news is that you do not need a deep wallet to make this happen. Here are six of the best tips and tricks for updating your wardrobe if you are on a budget.
Clean and Shop Your Closet
You cannot expect to update your wardrobe if you are not exactly sure what you need. The first step in upgrading your closet is to clean it. Cutting out the clutter will help you to determine the gaps in your wardrobe so that you can shop for what you actually need. For example, you may not even remember that classic black sweater that you bought years ago that will still work for you today. The bottom line is that before you shop the sales, you should start with shopping for your own closet.
Another good idea is to host an event at your house, inviting your girlfriends to bring the clothes that they want to purge from their own closets. All of the guests can take turns picking items, replenishing their own wardrobe as they shop the closets of their best pals.
Revamp Old Pieces
As you are shopping your closet, be sure to look at your existing clothing items through a different lens. For example, that tank top may not work on its own any longer but perhaps it will fit well under a cardigan as a layering piece. Even if something is not in style as it was originally intended, you may be able to repurpose it to fit a different need. What better way to save money than to repurpose what you already have sitting in your closet?
There is a treasure trove of good finds waiting for you if you are willing to take your shopping online. Rather than wasting time rummaging through racks and reading price tags, you can easily filter internet searches to find women’s clothes under $10. The ease and convenience of online shopping make it easier than ever to find clothing that fits the parameters of your budget.
Check Out Second Hand Stores
There is no shame in checking out second-hand stores to update your wardrobe. Savvy shoppers can find some major scores if they are willing to put in the work to weed through all of the items. This is a great way to find unique or vintage pieces that you may not find in traditional stores. You may also discover a variety of high-end labels that you would not be able to afford if you were purchasing them new and at full price.
Leverage End of Season Sales
Smart shoppers are also in the habit of shopping during the end-of-season sales. For instance, January and February are great times to find deals on winter clothes as retailers look to clear space for spring arrivals. Conversely, try stocking up for next summer’s clothing essentials in August when retailers are focused on moving the inventory in favor of the latest fall fashion. While it is not exciting to shop for the next season, this is when you will find the best deals on a variety of clothing pieces.
Splurge on Major Pieces
If you have a bit of extra money to spend on something special, you are best off saving and splurging on a piece that will get a lot of wear. For example, instead of splurging on a piece of colored denim that does not have as many uses, spend this money on a pair of classic denim jeans with more versatility.
Other good items to save for splurges include a traditional black cocktail dress, a comfortable pair of black or nude high heels, a white button-down shirt, and a classic winter coat.
As a bonus, saving for one particular item will also give you more time to shop around and it will be less likely that you end up with buyer’s remorse. These tips will help you to revamp your wardrobe and your style without breaking the bank. With a little bit of work and research, you can look your best while on a budget.