How to Add Variety to Your Wardrobe on a Budget

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We all know that dreaded feeling of not knowing what to wear. It usually starts while running late for a date, after spending too much time trying on different outfits. We find ourselves hectically digging through the closet until its entire contents is laid out on the floor, the bed, and every piece of furniture around. At moments like these you feel like you have nothing to wear despite spending a small fortune every month on clothes. We accumulate clothes that we don’t wear, don’t like, or liked too much and are now sick of wearing. Escaping this trap while staying within your budget is completely possible and quite easy to do if you follow few simple shopping rules that have helped me put some order in my closet and feel fabulous in every outfit I wear.

  1. Bet on the Basics

You know what they say about the little black dress? Everyone should have one. Same goes for black jeans or pants, beige tank tops and white knitted sweaters. These are staple clothing items that are a great addition to your closet – always ready-to-wear and offering a quick escape to the “I don’t have anything to wear” dilemma as well as the “nothing matches this new skirt I just bought” issue. These “basics” are usually cheaper (and often more comfortable) than the more flashy clothing available out there. Investing in these pieces will be well worth it.

Keep in mind that not everyone looks good in these basic colors. If white does not look good on you (which often happens depending on your skin tone) switch to beige, baby blue, or any other neutral color. Try to find basics made of cotton and don’t worry about spending more – you want them to be comfortable and durable, and chances are you will be wearing them more often than half of the other clothes you own.

  1. Quality on Sale

The end of the season is the perfect time to buy some heavily discounted clothes. I usually have trouble buying everyday clothes during the season’s end sale because I am too eager to wear them right away. However, when it comes to bigger purchases such as shoes, coats, and jackets, I am always looking for a good deal in the spring that I can use during the coming fall. You would be surprised how much you can save on these bigger ticket items if you buy them during the season sales events. Try to limit your off-season purchases to more basic models, so you can still treat yourself with the latest trends once the season comes. If you have your eye set on a pair of shoes that you are worried you will not wear that often, buying them on sale may be worth it!

  1. Step out of Your Comfort Zone

At least once a month I make a point of trying something out that I would normally never buy or wear. It is surprising how much we pick and buy our clothes based on habit. The end result is that we end up with five pairs of jeans that look exactly the same. If you buy clothes that look the same, then chances are you will experience the “I have nothing to wear” deadlock. So next time when you browse around a store, try on something that pushes you out of your comfort zone – maybe a style of dress that you never thought will look good on you, or a specific color that you rarely wear. You may be surprised to find out that the new outfit looks pretty good on you.

  1. Refresh Your Closet

There are two types of clothes in our closets – the ones that we wear too often and the ones we never wear. After several months of wearing your favorite tank top every week, you will get bored with it and feel that you need a new one. Instead of spending time and money shopping, try working with what you currently have. Go to your nearby crafts store and search for appliques, lace, beads, rhinestones, etc, and try to find a little spark to dust off your go-to outfit. You can easily change the cut, colors, and style of an outfit and design your own clothes with some simple DIYs. Even a little bit of color can give your old clothes a completely new look and help you pick the perfect outfit for any occasion.

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