Leaving summer and going into fall means a lot of things. To some, it means leaving the warmer beach-appropriate weather and going into cozy sweater weather. To others, it could mean having to go darker with their hair color but to most of us, it means having to clear your closet and make room for fall wardrobe essentials which, most of the time, also means having to spend money on new clothes. If you’re on a tight budget, this may put you off a little bit but don’t worry, you don’t need to spend a fortune to look stylish this fall. Here are some tips on how to upgrade your fall wardrobe on a budget.
- Stretch your summer clothes – before you stash away all of your summer clothes, take a good look at them and see which ones you can still use for fall, be it for layering or on their own. That denim jacket you used to top off your white Labor Day outfit with would still make you warm and cozy for fall so you can keep that. That maxi dress you wore to brunch with your family one time can be worn again in fall when layered with a sweater or a jacket. Make the most out of your summer clothes and keep the ones you can wear for fall so you don’t have to buy too much new stuff.
- Go thrift shopping – thrift shops are the perfect place to look for fab finds at an affordable prince. Of course, you’ll have to go the extra mile to get the cream of the crop but it’s all going to be worth it in the end. You’ll be surprised at the variety of choices you’ll get from these shops.
- Restyle last year’s basics – the thing about basic fall items is that they’re never out of style which means you can reuse them to your heart’s content. Some of the basics fall basics that you can use boots, knitwear, tights and sweaters. How do you upgrade them then, you ask? Pair them up with newer pieces and keep your look up to date by throwing in a trendy piece or two into the mix.
- Try a fashion subscription box – if you love trying out new clothes but can’t afford to keep buying and keeping them, a fashion subscription box may just be what you need. They all work differently and charge different fees but the general idea behind it is that you get sent a box of clothes that you can try on for a full month (some offer unlimited number of boxes in a month which means unlimited outfits, too!) then you return the set and get sent a new one for a new month. You can also keep the pieces you like and pay for them at a discounted price.
- Splurge on accessories – if you’re on a really tight budget, I would suggest going with a basic piece and using accessories to create different looks with it. It’s amazing how changing up the accessories you wear with the same clothes can create very different looks. If accessories are all that you can afford, go ahead and spend the money on them now. You’re sure to get lots of use out of them.