9 Frugal Ways to Revamp Your Wardrobe


Staying stylish takes some work but doesn’t need to break the bank. If you’re searching your closet for some new looks and coming up empty, keep reading for some new, budget-friendly ideas to freshen your wardrobe.

1. Find some inspiration.
Sometimes you’re just stuck in the wardrobe blahs. Get out of them by following fashion bloggers or looking at fashion magazines. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, so don’t be afraid to window shop in order to fill up your idea bank.

2. Customize what’s already in your closet.
It almost goes without saying, but be sure to shop your closet first. Some items will surely need to find a new home, but others may just need to be repurposed. Pinterest has some great ideas to restyle t-shirts, and just adding an applique, shortening a hemline or cutting off those jeans can add some vitality to old favorites.

3. Join a Facebook selling group.
Facebook selling groups are wonderful in that usually a batch of clothing in a particular size or season is grouped together. You can typically score 5-10 items for a few dollars. Even if you don’t end up using all of the items, you’re still getting a great deal. On the other side, you can possibly make some money selling some of your unneeded items as well.

4. Update with accessories.
Most people have tried and true items such as blazers, pants, jeans, white button-down shirts. According to Clothes Mentor, make the everyday basics exciting by shopping for some key, inexpensive accessories like a skinny belt, scarf, costume jewelry, beanie, sunglasses, fashion glasses, headbands, tights, socks, and leggings. Even budget-friendly shoes and bags can take an outfit from boring to show-stopping.

5. Have a clothing swap party.
The idea is to gather a group of friends together, and each person brings her unneeded clothing items. Then, everyone shops from each other’s “closets.” It helps if the shoppers share some of the same sizes, and at the end, whatever’s leftover usually gets donated to a charitable cause.

6. Frequent thrift shops, consignment stores and garage sales.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, shopping second-hand stores to stay up on the latest styles has some great perks. Your favorite name-brand clothing can be purchased for pennies on the dollar, and you can find unique items that nobody else is wearing. Some consignment shops like Clothes Mentor don’t even sell styles over two years old, so you’re sure to still be buying trendsetting pieces. Twice a year the store even offers a clearance closeout event when every clearance item is only three dollars. Getting to know your local thrift shops and stopping by on a regular basis are the best ways to ensure that you snag some great finds for less.

7. Wear the same clothes different ways.
In your idea searching, you may see some new ways to wear pieces you already own. For example, layer mesh with ripped denim or cuff your pants a little differently. Maybe you can own the half-tucked shirt look or roll up your sleeves. Simply mixing florals with stripes in a new way and trying out some new clothing combinations can be invigorating to your wardrobe.

8. Refresh items you love.
There are always those items that you’ve over-loved and need some repair. Take the time to sew on a button, remove pills from shirts or sweaters, send a soiled item to the drycleaner, shine up boots and bags and clean up beautiful jewelry. Even taking the time to iron a few wardrobe staples on the weekend {that you would run out of time to iron on a busy weekday) can incorporate some magic back into your clothing collection.

9. Sign up for e-mails from your favorite clothing stores.
Joining a store’s mailing list may be your best bet for purchasing some key items at their lowest prices. E-mails typically share information on the store’s latest sales, coupons, shopping events and fashion trends. At certain times of the year (holidays are key!) stores even offer free shipping with fantastic deals making it more convenient to order from the comfort of home rather than venture out on a shopping excursion.

Taking the time to do a little planning and reworking of your wardrobe before going on a moderate shopping trip can result in less buyer’s remorse and more wardrobe pieces that truly spark joy.

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