We all love to wear new clothes. Retail therapy is the ultimate feel-good exercise and if you are on a bit of a downer, a trip down to your local mall is the best way to perk your mood up again. The problem is that buying new clothes and shoes can be expensive.
Celebrities have it easy – all they have to do is mention a particular designer in a tweet and almost immediately, that designer will send them free samples to promote the brand. The rest of us have to save up our hard-earned cash if we like to wear upmarket designer labels. The good news is that you don’t need to buy designer labels to create a fun and funky summer wardrobe. There are lots of ways to reinvent your closet without spending a fortune, so if you are bored with your current set of clothes, read on for some useful tips on how to shake it up a little.
Find Out What’s in Fashion
There is no point throwing everything in your closet away before know what’s hot and what’s not. You may discover that some ancient garments tucked away right at the back have been there so long they are now back in fashion.
Start reading fashion magazines and look at who’s wearing what online. Websites such as Instagram are ideal for budding fashionistas. Millions of women post photos of their favorite outfits, so start following the most inspirational accounts you find.
Online and offline research will give you a good idea of the latest trends and which styles are in right now. Once you have a fair idea of what to look for, you can go through your closet and remove any items that don’t fit the mold. Hopefully, you will be left with a few evergreen garments, such as a little black dress or a white tee shirt that can be reworked with a few up-to-date accessories.
Figure Out Your Style
We don’t all suit the same styles. Body shape plays a significant part, but personality matters too. Just because your best friend looks fantastic in bodycon dresses and sky-high heels, it doesn’t follow that you suit the same style. In order to create a new summer wardrobe, you need to figure out what suits you – and what doesn’t. There will be an element of trial and error during this process, so be prepared to experiment until you find your unique style.
Look for Bargain Buys
Replacing everything in your closet is an expensive process, but it is possible to keep your costs down by creating a capsule wardrobe and only investing in bargain items. The best way to do this is to go shopping online.
There are lots of online women’s clothing retailers to choose from. You can browse through a selection of the latest fashions, all from the comfort of your armchair. Order as much or as little as you like and then wait for it to be delivered. If the items fit – great – you can add them to your summer closet, but if they don’t, it is easy to send them back to the store for a refund.
Thrift Shop Finds
Don’t always assume that new garments are the only option. You can easily create stunning outfits if you mix and match thrift shop items with one or two brand new garments. For example, say you find a cute pair of retro denim jeans in a thrift shop; you could wear these with some new leather sandals and a plain white tee. The key to success is to think outside the box and don’t dismiss a used item on the basis someone else has worn it first. More often than not, people sell their used garments on eBay for peanuts and these items have hardly been worn, so you could pick up some excellent bargains.
Making garments is not as difficult as you might think. There are lots of patterns and technical resources available online and as long as you have access to a sewing machine, it shouldn’t take you long to create a few cool garments. The best bit about making your own clothing is that it will be unique. How cool is that?
Don’t forget to mix and match items to create lots of different outfits. That way you won’t need half as many garments as you think. A few statement pieces of jewelry and some nice shoes will completely change an outfit, so get creative and see how many different looks you can make with your new summer wardrobe.