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Now that we’re all preparing to return to work or school, you may find that it’s time to update your wardrobe. After being in the house for over a year, your closet may be filled with t-shirts and sweatpants. If you do happen to dress in business casual clothing for a virtual meeting, you’re likely only wearing something stylish on the top half of your body. Since it’s time to invest in a new wardrobe, you’ll likely have to keep your budget in mind as you find new pieces that fit your style and flatter your figure. Here are a few ways you can stay within your budget and still try out some of the latest trends to see if they work for you.
Create a Capsule Collection
A capsule collection is a small selection of signature, quality pieces that you can wear regardless of the year or season. Find some wardrobe staples that you’ll be able to wear for years to come and incorporate these pieces into your daily outfits as needed. This will keep you from having to spend money every year on items like classic black heels, winter coats, and designer jeans. These are examples of items that will always be in style. Since you’ll know you’ll be able to wear items like these for years to come no matter which fashion trends come and go, you can set aside a budget to buy quality versions of these clothing pieces and accessories. This way, you’ll be less likely to spend more money on trendy items that you may have to replace every few months.
You can find some one-of-a-kind items at most thrift stores and use these items as a way to customize your look. Thrift stores are, of course, much less expensive than department stores, so you can get more for your money. Choose from vintage t-shirts, preowned dresses, and even accessories like earrings, brooches, and scarves that will add the perfect finishing touch to your outfit. You may even find a few designer purses at shoes at some thrift stores for much less than what you’d pay for these items in a department store. Depending on the item(s) you’re interested in or the store you visit, you might even be able to talk the owner down and get the clothing or accessories you want at a fraction of the sale price.
Use a Clothing Delivery Service
If you have a hard time coordinating outfits or you’re pressed for time and hate looking through your closet to find something to wear, try a clothing delivery service. Indicate your style preferences and arrange to have a few new outfits delivered to you weekly or monthly. This is often cheaper than paying for several new outfits at a time, and some delivery services give you the option of sending clothing back if you don’t like the way it fits so you can get a refund on the items that don’t work for you. This takes the guesswork out of shopping and allows you to try the clothes on in the comfort of your home instead of in a dressing room at a department store.
Repurpose Old Clothing
If you have some older pieces in your closet that you’re not ready to throw away, take a look at some of the latest trends to see how you can repurpose your clothing. For instance, tie-dye is making a comeback this summer. You can tie-dye some of your old t-shirts so you can enjoy this trend without having to buy new clothing. You can also make shorts out of your old jeans or slacks or make distressed jeans to update your look. These projects if you’re a crafty person and love making new clothing or if you’re new to crafting and you’re interested in seeing how you can make some of your old pieces new again.
–These fashionable tips will help you look your best whether you’re preparing to go back to the office, attending school in a traditional classroom, or meeting up with friends and family. When you look your best, you’ll have a boost of confidence wherever you go, and you’ll feel even more confident knowing you stayed within your budget to achieve your look.