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.
- 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.
- Mend any lost buttons or drooping hemlines and iron any creases. Everything in your wardrobe should be in a wearable condition.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.