Refresh your wardrobe on the cheap

Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear? When you can't afford to shell out for a major wardrobe overhaul, there are a number of things that you can do to refresh your wardrobe. Follow our step by step guide to update and refresh your style.

  1. Start by clearing the clutter from your wardrobe. It's often this clutter that stops you from rediscovering some of your great pieces. Divide all your clothes into three piles: to keep, to give away and to decide. Store the clothes in the "to decide" pile and if you don't miss them in three months, give them away.
  2. Mend any lost buttons or drooping hemlines and iron any creases. Everything in your wardrobe should be in a wearable condition.
  3. Now use your existing pieces to put together outfits, and if there is something missing from an outfit, add it to a list. This list will be a good starting point for a shopping trip. If you simply buy pieces that you like the look of, it's likely that you'll have a wardrobe full of miss-matched clothes that you rarely wear. Always buy with the intention of forming an outfit.
  4. One of the cheapest ways to refresh your wardrobe is with some good accessories. A hat, scarf or brooch can completely update a look and give a new leash of life to an old item of clothing.
  5. Organise your wardrobe by occasion or by outfits - that way when you open it, you'll know exactly what your options are. This can avoid unnecessary shopping trips.

There are a number of other ways to refresh your wardrobe on the cheap.

  • Organise a swapping party with your friends. You could be surprised at the great pieces they've grown bored of.
  • Before you buy anything on the high street, check eBay to see if the item is going cheaply.
  • Online shopping sites (like boohoo.com) are often much cheaper than high street stores.
  • Charity shops are always worth a browse, particularly for good quality, vintage pieces.

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