We’ve all looked despairingly into the wardrobe and believed we have nothing to wear even though there’s a closet teeming with items. It’s easy to get fed up of the pieces you own and frustrated when you haven’t got the money to buy lots of new things. But there are plenty of creative ways you can revamp your wardrobe on a budget by mixing up what you already have and buying only a few new items to create fresh new looks. Here are four mini fashion makeovers you can try this week.
1. Get thrifty when you spend
Buying new clothes doesn’t have to mean blowing the budget. From Nicole Richie and Drew Barrymore to Sienna Miller and Zooey Deschanel, plenty of well-dressed celebrities make thrift shopping a fine art. Not only does it mean you’ll be sporting one-off pieces that are far more unique, but you’re also doing your bit for the environment by ensuring clothes don’t get sent to landfill. With 70% of clothes sold on ASOS Marketplace being vintage or pre-worn, it’s certainly a trend that’s showing no signs of slowing down. To revamp your wardrobe the thrift store way make sure you search for quality brands, timeless pieces, natural fabrics that will stand the test of time and designer brands with just small flaws (such as shoes needing a resole) which you can fix at little cost.
2. Create a capsule wardrobe
If you want to update some of the pieces you already have but feel they need an injection of something new, it’s time to invest in a capsule wardrobe. Creating a capsule wardrobe means you always have a condensed collection of go-to pieces that also work well with the on-trend items you already own. A smart capsule collection can be worn in many different ways. For example, invest in a classic white shirt and you can wear it to work, sling it loose over denim on the weekend and tie it in a knot at the waist for a casual lunch. Got a tailored black blazer? Team it with a mini skirt and tights by day but elevate its status at night by pairing it with cigarette pants or black leather trousers.
3. Think of new ways to wear old pieces
As the late Oscar de la Renta said, “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” Getting creative with the clothes you already have is a fantastic way to find your own style. That classic white shirt? Cinch it in with a plush wide tan leather belt. Got a pair of tired-looking denim shorts? Team them with patterned tights and a cosy knit for winter. Get more wear out of a mini skirt by slinging a jumper over the top and pairing it with over-the-knee boots. Or learn the art of the French tuck and take your usual sweater and jeans combo to Parisian-style heights.
4. Copy your favourite celebrities
If you’re not sure about your style, one of the easiest ways to revamp your wardrobe is to screenshot your favourite celebrities and copy theirs. Rachel Bilson and Olivia Palermo are great go-tos who rarely make mistakes. Choose the pieces you like and then shop around in your price range. While Palermo’s butter leather designer jackets and cashmere waistcoats may be out of reach, there are plenty of faux leather and cotton jumper options that look similar. Once you start replicating some of your favourite looks you’ll find that your wardrobe will start filling up with pieces you actually want to wear.