How to Make Over Your Winter Wardrobe on the Cheap

When you’re tapped out after the holidays, splurging on a new winter wardrobe may seem impossible. However, you can still get creative and shop your closet. From getting rid of clothes you don’t need and investing in quality pieces, keep on reading for our guidelines on how to make over your winter wardrobe on the cheap.

Ditch the items you don’t need.

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Let go of your excuses and ditch the items you don’t need so you’ll make better use of the space you have in your closet. You may donate your gently used things to charities, or try hosting a clothing swap with some of your more fashionable friends. You may even make a little extra money in the process by consigning your items.

Invest in quality staples.

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Take the time to invest in quality winter wardrobe basics as what good is a jam-packed closet if none of your pieces cohesively work together to give you a variety of complementary looks? This way, you will instantly have garments that you can mix and match with other items to create a more well-rounded wardrobe. Camel coat, turtleneck sweater, straight-leg pants, fur coat and such are some of the functional items in the winter. If you have some summer outfits that can be worn in the winter with layers, take advantage of them so you’ll bring down the cost per wear on your investment items. If you wish to go for printed ensembles, go for classic ones like leopard print, stripes, checks, plaid and such that will never go out of style.

Take pictures of all the items in your closet and categorize them according to type.

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To avoid buying things you already have, take pictures of all the items in your closet and categorize them according to type. Having your wardrobe at your fingertips makes getting dressed really easy and when you are out shopping, you are less likely to purchase a duplicate of something you already have. Like fashion blogger Masha Sedgwick, you can refresh the look of your plaid jumpsuit by wearing it with a shawl, fur vest, and grunge boots that you already have.

Don’t underestimate accessories.

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Accessories are able to recreate one’s look. By adding a scarf, belt, or statement necklace, you will completely change the look of some your older key pieces and give a refreshing new perspective on your closet basics. Like fashion blogger Doina Ciobanu, you may refresh your pastel blue coat by styling it with a brooch and a pair of bold red shoes that will look perfectly in the winter. By heeding our tricks, you’ll be able to make over your winter wardrobe on the cheap.

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