Fashion, like the seasons, is always changing. And most of us want to look good, which means updating our wardrobes regularly. Staying fashionable and on trend with the latest looks is an expensive hobby, but looking cute and current need not break the bank. From up-cycling older looks to adding zing with new accessories, we’ve collected six of our favourite ways to update a closet without going into the red. So check the suggestions below, then make space and get ready for Spring!
1. Shop Your Closet
Every great wardrobe makeover starts by reviewing what you already have. For most, this means work — digging into closets, ridding them of what no longer works, and putting older pieces — loved but forgotten — back into regular rotation. Not only will you make space for new additions, you can resell high-end pieces through a consignment shop or donate the things you no longer want to organizations who help those in need.
You know that t-shirt you used to love, that just doesn’t work anymore? Sometimes all it needs is a little reboot to wind up back in rotation. With only a pair of scissors, you can adjust the neckline, or add slits to the sides or back for a peekaboo look. Or maybe you turn those old jeans into shorts, or a skirt, or add patches or an old jacket to give it new life. When it comes to upcycling old clothes the only limit is your imagination.
3. Host a Clothing Swap
Probably the most fun solution on our list, a clothing swap is a great way to rid yourself of the old and welcome the new. And it’s the perfect excuse to spend a fun afternoon with your friends. Go bare bones and spend an hour or digging through the communal pile, or make an event of it complete with cocktails, snacks and a thrift-wear fashion show. In either case, when all is said and done you can pack up anything left unclaimed for donation.
Sometimes all that’s needed to add new life to old clothes is a different context. A new scarf or purse, added belt, or updated footwear can easily make a stale look fresh again — and is an easy way to bring in seasonal colours or trends without changing everything. That LBD that’s perfect for a sophisticated night-on-the-town can look just as at home at a summer garden party with a new pair of flats, and light wrap in the colour of the season.
5. Consign Yourself
A great place to shop for statement looks is your local consignment shop. Stuffed to the brim with the special pieces that we don’t wear anymore but can’t justify just giving away, these shops are where we find the shoes we wanted but couldn’t afford and the perfect dress — at an affordable price for an upcoming event. And these days most consignment shops and thrift stores have a robust social media presence, posting new looks to their accounts on the regular — find one you like and give them a follow!
Robyn McNeil is a Nova Scotia-based freelance writer, bartender, and assistant editor of the Whole Family Happiness Project. She lives in Halifax, with her son and a penchant for really strong tea, yoga, hammocks, and hoppy beer.
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