Update Your Wardrobe On A Budget

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There are six wrinkled blouses on your bed, two black dresses on your bed, eight pairs of shoes in your wardrobe, and five pairs of jeans on your armchair, yet you say, “I have nothing to wear.” Does this sound like you? If so, it’s time to update your wardrobe.

With prices continually rising, it might seem impossible to update your wardrobe on a budget. Fortunately, if you work with what you’ve already got, stop splurging, and browse the clearance racks, you’ll be able to create at least five new outfits.

Organise all of your clothing by colour, and then sort them based on style

For example, after separating all of your reds, greens, blues, yellows, and whatever else, place the red strappy tops, red t-shirts, and red blouses in their own sections. After you’ve finished, figure out what you need more of. As a general rule of thumb, you should have plenty of basics, including quality shirts, cardigans, strappy tops, tank tops and t-shirts in all different colours. If your wardrobe lacks the basics, the clearance racks can be your best friend. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to snag a few new t-shirts and strappy tops for less than £20.

Budget Shirts

Decide which clothes no longer fit you

Then decide which items you’re willing to throw out. If there is a pair of jeans that you can’t seem to part with or a little black dress that you know you’ll wear again, then visit your tailor and have them resized. It’s far cheaper to have items tailored than to go out and purchase a brand new ensemble in a different size.

Sell the clothes you no longer wear

Wash the items, take photographs, and post them on sites like eBay, on Shpock or on Vinted. Use the extra funds to pick up new pieces for your wardrobe.

Invest in timeless accessories

Budget Accessories

Silver and gold necklaces, hoop earrings, sunglasses, fashion belts, scarves, hair accessories, and neutral leggings can dramatically transform any outfit. For a casual look, pair a neutral coloured skirt with cowboy boots and an Aztec-patterned strappy top. Finish off the look with bold jewellery, like a rope bracelet or feather hair extensions. For a more professional style, switch out the sandals for brown pumps and cover the strappy top with a jacket. Add a chunky waist belt, and you’re good to go. Having plenty of accessories on hand will ensure that you never run out of new fashion ideas.

Shop at charity shops, or online at stores eBay

Don’t pay top money for a designer shirt when you can buy a second hand one for less. Shop around, and don’t be afraid to try local charity shops. If charity shopping is not your thing, check out clearance sales and look for discounts and promotions at your favourite shops.

Switching out your old wardrobe for fresh, new styles shouldn’t mean maxing out your credit card. Sometimes, the best way to vamp your style is by sorting what you already have and building on it.


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  1. 7th August 2018 / 8:12 pm

    I think thee’s nothing better than sorting out your wardrobe and finding an item or two that you’d forgotten about. It really is like buying something new – I found 3 pairs of shoes when I last cleared out – Result!

    • Jackie
      7th August 2018 / 8:30 pm

      I’m always doing that. Shoes. I go through summer buying shoes but complain I have none and find them all stashed around the house. Love a clear out.

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