8 Cheap Ways to Update a Wardrobe You Hate
If you hate your wardrobe, are sick of everything you own, and want to go shopping already, hold up! Here are eight cheap ways to update a wardrobe you hate. (See also: 10 Steps to Update Your Look on a Budget)
1. Get Rid of Everything You Feel “Meh” About
Those pants that were a great deal but pinch your ankles in a slightly strange way — get them out of your closet, and stop feeling bad that you’re not wearing them! You know that shirt that you bought from your favorite store that you really want to work but makes you look like you’re built like a lumberjack? Yep, take it out of your closet too!
You don’t have to keep clothes just because you bought got a great deal on them. If in your gut you feel like, “I really should be wearing that more...” stop putting yourself through that agony, and let yourself get rid of it. It takes a lot of time to organize and maintain things; the less you have, the more time you give yourself.
If you’re not quite ready to part with those pieces that you really want to work, put them in a storage container for a season or two, and then see how you feel about them when you see them again. Still not ready to part? Let them sit a little longer. It will get easier, and before long you’ll be waving goodbye to those ill-fitting items that were such a good deal.
Wearing things that you don’t feel your best in is a sure way to get depressed about your wardrobe quickly. When you get rid of those “meh” clothes, then you’ll be left with only the clothes that you do feel great in. Suddenly, your wardrobe in looking better and you’re feeling better about yourself too, and all without a single penny being spent!
2. Trade Clothes With Your Friends
You know that pile of clothes you created from the first tip? While those pants might pinch your ankles in the weirdest way, they could fit your friend perfectly. You can host a large-scale formal clothing swap or just get some of your friends together one night and see who wants to trade what. This isn’t just a tip for the ladies; guys can swap too! Bonus idea — have everyone bring a dessert so you don’t have to foot the bill for the food.
3. Go to Buy-Sell-Trade Stores
If your friends don’t want to trade clothes with you, then seek out your city’s buy-sell-trade shops. I love Buffalo Exchange and Scout: Dry Goods and Trade. If the store chooses to buy the items you bring in, they will give you either money (yay!) or store credit, and you can pick out something new-to-you that you truly like.
Anything that you can’t get rid of after the second or third trips, donate to the thrift store. Be sure to get a receipt so you can get a tax benefit at the end of the year.
4. Use Scarves
Before I was a frugal lady I used to hate this idea. I always thought, “I’m not 70, okay?! I’m not going to wear scarves!” Turns out I was completely wrong.
Scarves are easy to come by. They’re available in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and textures; and they're crazy versatile. You can wrap them around your head, tie them to your bag, use them as a belt, and tie them around your neck. (You can check out more scarf styling ideas on my website.)
Scarves have a way of making things look just a little bit fancier. Three cheers for scarves!
You can find really cheap accessories all over the place, and they can be used with a ton of different outfits to give your look a different vibe.
6. Re-Dye Your Clothes
Hit up the hobby store for a couple of packets of dye and bring new life to those old clothes. When clothes get faded from too many washes, it’s easy to feel like they look wacky, worn-out, and old (and it’s usually because they do!). You can re-dye your clothes the same color they originally were (I do this a lot with black cotton pants), or you can completely change the look of the item by experimenting and dyeing the item a new color (although you do have to be open-minded and ready for it to not turn out well, just in case).
7. Upcycle Your Clothes
This one might take a little practice, but check out some books from the library to get ideas about how to make the clothes you hate something you would love to wear again. Then pull out the sewing machine (or try one of these no-sew ways to update your wardrobe), and let your inner fashion designer loose.
8. Enlist a Stylish Friend
Some people just have a knack for putting together great outfits. We all know at least one of these people! Ask them to check out your wardrobe and help you come up with some new combinations. Having a different set of eyes look at your closet and brainstorm new looks with you might just be all it takes to start feeling a lot better about your wardrobe.
How do you cheaply change up your style when you’re feeling bored with your wardrobe?