If you’re someone who spends a lot of time online, you’re probably finding the sheer number of photos of models wearing the newest, trendiest clothes overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like you want a completely new wardrobe!
Don’t we all? Unfortunately, we don’t have the cash for it. There is a way to update your winter wardrobe to make it look brand new without breaking the bank. Our 7 budget-friendly tips will help you.
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1. Capsule Wardrobe
This is a concept dating back to the 1970s, which involves rotating a set number of clothing items, so it always looks like you’re wearing something new. Currently, this number is set at 37, but you can work with any number as long as you’re willing to take a chance. You’ll see there’s no need to go out and buy new clothes when you can wear what you already have.
This includes layering up in winter for a fresh new look. Create a new outfit combination every day out of pieces you already have. You will find new and unique ways to match your clothes and create new outfits that become winter regulars.
Utilizing accessories like hats, gloves, scarves, belts, and bags is a great way to stay warm and look classy on the cheap. As for the bag, keep it simple, as it’s quite challenging to do quality embellishment without breaking the bank. If you own inexpensive dresses or coats, don’t use the belt they came with. The flimsy sash will give away their humble origins.
3. Find Inspiration from Other Sources
Sources like Pinterest are a great way to be inspired – chances are you already own something similar to what you see on the fashion boards. For example, almost every woman owns a slip. Adding a slip will keep your wardrobe from malfunctioning and help your outfit flow and fit more elegantly. Slips are generally cheap and almost never lined.
Why not make a pastime of finding inspiration? Peruse your Pinterest fashion boards in the comfort of your home. Open your closet and pick out garments you find look great, but you’ve always been somewhat hesitant to wear. You might see something in your wardrobe with new eyes and find new ways to wear clothes you thought you never would anymore.
4. Timing is Everything
At the start of winter, prices are usually highest as the latest collections hit stores. Hence, it’s never a good idea to shop then. Shop for winter clothes in late winter or early spring instead. Many stores offer huge discounts in January, February, and March as they try to sell whatever items of the winter collection are left.
5. Swap, Don’t Shop
Maybe your friends have similar taste in clothing, but can’t wear certain clothes anymore or desire a fresh new look just like you. Sweaters in various colors, cuts, and knits are the main component of winter wardrobes.
You may have owned some of the sweaters in your closet for years. Fabrics like wool and cashmere are indispensable if you live somewhere that gets really cold. This notwithstanding, you’re tired of wearing the same sweaters winter after winter. Before you run out to the department store and buy a bunch of new sweaters that you might not need, organize a sweater-swap with friends who might be just as tired of their old sweaters as you are. Swapping doesn’t have to be limited to sweaters, of course.
This is not only a fun way to spend time with friends, but it is a sustainable approach to dressing. Most importantly, it’s free!
It’s something girls have done for EVER. You can swap clothes in December and the re-swap them at the end of winter. Your clothes are still yours, but you get to borrow and wear a few fresh pieces, which feels novel and exciting.
6. Utilize Retail Sites
Look for the items you’re interested in purchasing on resale sites like Asos, Amazon, Etsy, and Bonanza. There are some amazing bargains out there. Nab enough of these and you’ll find yourself dressed to the nines on the cheap.
7. Take Advantage of Thrift Stores
Department stores can be quite expensive, so do take advantage of thrift stores, discount stores, outlets, and consignment shops. Thrift stores are a particularly lucrative option – you can get nice-looking, quality items that last years for as little as a few dollars!
We hope these 7 tips have helped ease some of your anxiety as you look for ways to enhance and improve your winter wardrobe. By following our advice, you’ll be able to look great, stay warm, and save precious cash for an (another) important holiday purchase!
Jonah Levine is the Creative Director of TheDressWarehouse.com. TheDressWarehouse.com was launched in 2018 as the go-to online source for amazing designer evening wear on sale. With 10 years experience in the industry, Jonah works daily to scour the evening wear markets to find the hottest styles and to negotiate the best prices for special occasion wear on the internet.