My Top 5 Tips For Keeping Your Wardrobe Up-to-Date on a Budget

How to Keep Your Wardrobe Up-to-Date on a Budget
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When it comes to shopping for clothes, staying within a budget requires great discipline. You want to look stylish and up-to-date at all times, and your wardrobe should reflect that.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I am the ultimate bargain shopper and don’t like to spend a great deal of money on clothes. Sure, there are a few items I like to splurge on such as shoes and handbags, but for the most part you’ll find me scouring the sales racks in Forever 21, H&M, Kohl’s, Target, and Macy’s.

Over the years I’ve come up with ways to keep my outfits looking fresh and stylish without breaking the bank. Here are my top 5 tips…

Clean out your closet on a regular basis. It’s amazing what you’ll find buried in the back of your closet – a cute pair of shoes you forgot about, or a nice blouse you have only worn a couple times. What I like about cleaning out my closet is that I discover “new” outfits by putting together pieces I’ve never worn together before. In a past post I shared a few lessons I learned from spring cleaning my closet.

Invest in classic pieces. Items such as button-up cardigans and straight leg denim jeans are always in fashion, so keeping these staples in your closet is a must. I have one pair of denim jeans that I’ve had for over 10 years and I wear it with dressy tops, blazers, or t-shirts.

Shop end-of-season sales and outlet malls. Oh, do I love a bargain. Fortunately in San Diego we have quite a few outlet malls where I love to shop for high-end brands and save over 50% off retail prices. When I do shop at the regular malls, I like to go during the end-of-season sale events and buy items that I can wear for at least a few years.

Buy trendy accessories instead of trendy clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s fine to buy trendy clothes, but if you have to shop for new clothes every season, you’re probably spending way too much money. Believe me, I speak from experience. I worked at Contempo Casuals/Wet Seal for almost 10 years and went into debt because I had to always wear what was “in style” every season.

In a recent excursion at the Garment District in L.A., I scored this sassy watch for only $8. It has a white band made of rubber, which has been a trend for the past couple years.

White watch with band made of rubber

Mix it up. If you do like to wear trendy clothes, one way to save money is to mix and match with classic pieces that are already in your closet. You could just buy a couple new pieces every season and get creative with your outfits.

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One of the fashion trends this spring is patterned patchwork, which the boho side of me seems to like. I would wear these tops with classic black slacks or skinny jeans.

What are some ways that you have kept your wardrobe up-to-date on a budget? Share your tips via comments below!

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