Targeted advertising and style guides sell us on the idea that we need to keep buying to maintain a relevant and fashionable wardrobe. It is a vicious cycle that can do more harm than good if you spend a fortune every month on the latest trending items before seriously considering whether or not you need them. But, we are here to tell you that you don’t have to give away your hard-earned money senselessly to look stylish this 2020. After all, updating your wardrobe shouldn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With these handy tips and tricks, you can give your wardrobe a fresh new look without breaking the bank!
Organize your wardrobe
The first and simplest step to updating your wardrobe without even having to spend money is organizing it. Often items we haven’t worn for a while fall by the wayside and get lost in the nooks and crannies of our cupboards. Take some time on a Sunday to sift through your entire collection of clothes, yanking them out from wherever they are hiding and trying on each item one by one. This trick works wonderfully as many items you purchased a while back may have gone out of fashion only to be back on trend today. You may fit better into certain pieces than you originally thought you did when you first got them. Taking a moment to sort through your clothes will give you a better perspective on what works today and if there are any interesting combinations you can concoct with newer items you have procured.
Thrift, thrift, thrift
We highly recommend checking out your local charity store or thrift shop for some hidden gems. Besides often presenting a number of forgotten treasures to take back home with you, the experience itself can be a blast. Go along with your friends and sort through the endless piles of second-hand products until you stumble along a truly standout piece that has been lost to time. You can snap these items up for next to nothing and tailor them to fit perfectly. Also, be sure to put on your thinking cap when browsing and consider ways you could upcycle second-hand thrift finds to fit with the latest fashion trends.
Purchase affordable staple items
One of the biggest misconceptions is that we need to grab statement pieces to craft standout outfits. Sure, there is some truth in this and statement pieces can elevate your look but if you’ve followed the previous tip and sourced these cheaply from thrift stores then purchasing affordable staple items is the next step to a budget update of your wardrobe. Items like black and white shirts, stockings, and white sneakers are some go-to essentials you can pick up for reasonable prices that will give you more freedom to chop and change thrown over items to craft that stylish ensemble you’ve been after.
Another nifty trick is to accessorize your outfits. You can pick up accessories that can work with any outfits, such as simple silver jewelry and scarves for next to nothing at second-hand stores and these can spruce up every look. Whether you wish to dress up or tone down specific combinations, finding the right accessories for decent prices is a great way to freshen up your wardrobe without having to spend a fortune on specific fashionable items.
Clothes swap with your friends
Bypass purchasing altogether and get together with your friends for a fun-filled clothes swap day. This is all the rave right now as we all have items we have neglected because we didn’t particularly like the cut or fit. Though we may not feel comfortable in them, this is not to say they won’t be perfect for our friends. And, our friends may have some gems to part ways with in return. This is a really exciting experience that is both rewarding for its procurement of phenomenal pieces as well as lovely time spent with our dearest loved ones.
You don’t have to blow all your bucks sorting through expensive fashion items in the store, simply follow a few of these steps and you will be well on your way to a whole new look!