If you’ve got even an ounce of spring fever, you’ve probably started dreaming of sprucing up your wardrobe to make it more modern and trendy. But if recent trips to your favorite shops have you maxing out your credit cards or looking for a second job, consider ways you can transform your look using thrift store finds and second hand clothing. You’ll look hot for spring and still be able to afford your groceries!
Upcycling Clothes You Already Have
Start refreshing your wardrobe using the items you already have. There are countless tutorials available on social sharing sites that can show you how to transform an old worn-out t-shirt into a fashionable scarf or how to repurpose your winter denim into a great pair of crops or cut-off shorts. Cut-out tops are also popular for the spring, so feel free to take a pair of shears to a shirt’s neckline. And don’t forget the accessories – those hair feathers that were so popular last year may not be so hot for spring, but who said you couldn’t make them into a great pair of earrings or hot glue them to a cute pair of sandals?
As for the guys, slim fit tees and fitted jeans remain popular, so hold onto those wardrobe staples. However, you can feel free to toss those trucker hats that Ashton Kutcher made so popular. Chances are you won’t need those for quite some time, and there is little you can do to repurpose your collection.
If you’ve never visited a consignment shop, you are missing out on some great finds at affordable prices. Consignment shops sell gently worn clothing at reduced prices, and they weed through all of the unwanted items to offer only the best in resale to the surrounding community. New items are constantly arriving at consignment shops, and you may be able to find the perfect scarf or some vintage skinny jeans to complete your spring look for less. Just be sure to get rid of the “thrift store smell” before wearing your “new-to-you” duds. Toss your new-old clothes into the washing machine with a spring-scented detergent to smell more like a field of daisies and less like your grandmother’s attic.
Get together with your friends and raid each other’s closets. Chances are, you only wear one out of every four items hanging in there, and despite your best efforts, a friend may be able to make a certain outfit work better than you. Similarly, you may be able to envision a new way to wear a friend’s apparel that he or she never thought of. The best part about trading clothes is that you know who previously wore the clothes, and trading is completely free and budget friendly.
If your budget has room for a few splurges, keep in mind that you should always invest in wardrobe staples and basics. For women, this includes classic nude pumps, a great pair of jeans and a little black dress. For men, this could include a well-tailored blazer and a nice belt. However, if you are on a budget, never spend a lot on passing trends. Runway-inspired looks, such as current trends involving neon colors, are sure to be fleeting.
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