Top tips to update your wardrobe on a budget
Fashion trends are a whirlwind and if you don’t keep up to date with the latest trends, your style may seem outdated and unfashionable. Now, you don’t need to follow the magazine editorials’ saying what is ‘in’ right now, the truth is, keep it simple and wear a balanced outfit. It’s important to have a basic knowledge in styling and balancing out your outfits. Looking great is easy when you have unlimited resources. However, most of us live within limited means where every dollar is accounted for. So how do you update your wardrobe that serves both your professional and personal needs without breaking the bank?
If you want to update your wardrobe on a budget, follow these simple steps:
De-cluttering your wardrobe is a must for anyone who is tired of wearing the same old style over and over again, year after year. Clothing is one of the toughest things to de-clutter. It is a basic necessity but also can be a real burden. Clothes saved for years because that outfit reminded you of that special night, shirts still with tags on and stained shirts that were never thrown out all sit there taunting us taking up much needed room. Take everything out, empty it into three piles – keep, toss and maybe – and start thinking about the future you. Ask yourself:
* Do I love this item?
* Does it still fit me?
* Have I worn it recently?
* Is it damaged?
* Would I buy it today?
* Will it make someone else happier?
Our wardrobe must evolve as fashion trends do. Taming your wardrobe doesn’t have to be a fearful job, be ruthless, set aside some time and just go for it.
2. Swap / Sell / Donate
De-cluttering your wardrobe is also a great opportunity for you to make some extra money. There are several sites such as swap.com that help you to swap your clothes with others or to sell them. This is a chance of getting great branded products at discounted prices and getting rid of your unwanted items. If you’re a bit of a technophobe and rather something different, then set up a clothes swap near to where you live. All’s you need is a group of people and a bunch of once loved clothes. If neither of the above takes your fancy then take your unwanted items to the nearest charity drive and donate them.
3. Accessorise Well
Looking stylish doesn’t have to involve the most expensive designer clothes. In fact, it’s the little things that can transform your look. You can take a plain black top and turn it into various fashion looks using clever accessories – from classy to cool, urban to chic and even cute to quirky. Accessories can really jazz up an otherwise mundane outfit and add some ‘oomph’ to your ensemble. Adding pins or brooches to your outfits and handbags also gives old pieces new flair. Wearing a simple black dress can cover all occasions depending on the accessories you accompany it with. For a formal gathering – wear simple diamond stud earrings, a pearl bracelet, basic black pumps and a chic clutch to exude class and sophistication. Wearing a simple little black dress can cover all moods and climates and is an invaluable asset to your wardrobe inventory.
4. Get online for inspiration
Get on Tumblr, Instagram and Flickr and start making notes of the outfits that you think stand out. Use Pinterest to bookmark outfits that inspire you, and attempt to imitate these styles without paying over the top prices
5. Raid family/friends’ wardrobes
Speak with your friends about either swapping their clothes with yours or giving them to you. Clothes handed down from mother to daughter are as traditional as it gets and an easy way of updating your wardrobe without spending a penny.
Whenever you go out shopping, set a strict budget for each item of clothing that you want to buy; all kinds of outfits are achievable no matter how much you spend but be careful and don’t go over budget!
One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying out a new style or attempting to update their wardrobe is to go too far. Balance is key to any outfit. It is essential if you don’t want your outfit to look over the top and tacky. Buy basics to combine into any kind of outfit – a plain white or black top goes a long way when worn correctly. Couple with one trendy item of clothing to get the balance right.