One of my favorite things about the change of season is that it opens up the door to start experimenting with all new fashion trends. I love the holidays, and I enjoy snow just as much as the next New England girl, but the feeling of being able to get cozy in a sweater and jeans, or pull a beanie over my messy hair, trumps it all. Whenever winter rolls around, there are also a whole slew of resort style or vacation pieces that are released as well. It seems like everywhere I turn there is something I want to buy. However, if you are like me, then your wallet wasn’t really made for never ending shopping sprees every time the weather changes. Sometimes if you are tight on cash it can feel like you are missing out on the chance to update your wardrobe. Lucky for you, I have figured out a few ways to get some new pieces into your close while still staying within your budget. Keep reading for tips and tricks for updating your winter wardrobe.
Take Inventory First
The best way to start is to go through all the clothing, accessories, and shoes that you already own to determine what you want to keep and what can be donated to somewhere like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Chances are you, you will find something that you forgot you had and might be back in trend since you last checked.
Organize a Clothing Swap
Up until a few years ago, I had never even heard of a clothing swap. I was in a phase of my life where minimalism was very important to me. I was beginning to get rid of a bunch of clothes and things but felt like there might be people in my circle of friends who would like some of the pieces. I talked to a friend about it, and she suggested a clothing swap. I had all my girlfriends over for wine and crackers and asked each of them to bring a few items of clothing to contribute to the swap. We donated anything left over, but to be honest, there wasn’t much
Shop the Sales and Deals
No matter what you are looking to buy, you can usually find a coupon or a discount. Even great brands like ASOS will offer special promotions on a regular basis. You have to put some effort into doing the research, but you can find what you need at reduced rate if you look hard enough.
Buy Second Hand
Some of my favorite places to shop are flea markets and consignment shops. They are treasure chests of fun and unique clothing and accessories. The great part about vintage items are that they will come back into style at some point. Just like when you find clothing in your closet that you forgot about but like again. The same types of items are sold at these kinds of places.