With the change of season, or maybe just all the extra time I’ve had on my hands, I’ve been yearning to reinvent my wardrobe. I felt like it needed a bit of a refresh – I’d been wearing all the same things and I was getting bored. As so many other people have done, I’ve had a big wardrobe spring clean and found so many bits I hadn’t worn for ages or weren’t in style anymore.
Although I have succumbed to some of the sales and offers online recently, I thought instead of buying all new clothes, I could try to work with what I had to save a bit of money. I thought I’d put together a list of a few different ways to revamp our wardrobe without having to spend much money at all.
Shop your wardrobe.
You’ll be surprised what you can find when you thoroughly go through your wardrobe; a top you haven’t worn in years or a pair of jeans you forgot you bought, even a piece you used to love and thought you’d lost but had actually just fallen down into the abyss that is the bottom of the wardrobe! All of a sudden it feels like you’ve got a load of new clothes to wear and you didn’t have to spend a thing.
Also, make an effort to wear these pieces in different ways. There’s a reason you got bored of them before so try to pair them with different shoes or with something you wouldn’t usually try. As well as getting more wear out of your existing clothes, you can step out of your comfort zone and try new styles.
Get out the scissors and start snipping at your clothes!
This is one of the easiest ways to re-imagine your wardrobe. I had a few tops that I liked but just never wore because the fit didn’t suit me or it wasn’t really in style anymore. So, I decided to get out the fabric scissors (these work best but regular kitchen scissors do the job too) and started cutting. If you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty of helpful YouTube videos or blog posts to help. I thought I’d just start cutting and see what happens!
I made two tops into cute crops. One was long-sleeved with a tie at the front. I used to like this but felt it was a little out of fashion now but as I love a long-sleeved top for work, I thought I could just cut the tie front off. Another was a full length Zara cami that I rarely wore. It was such soft, good quality material that I didn’t want to throw it away so I just cut it in half so I could wear it as a cropped cami. I got a bit adventurous with one, converting it from a racer-back cami into halterneck with a tie back. This one was more complicated but I’m so glad I did it!
I wouldn’t recommend doing this with anything you wear a lot or anything that was more expensive. Unless you’re an expert at converting clothes, it could go wrong so only experiment with something you wouldn’t miss if it ended up misshapen.
Make use of the spare bits of fabric.
As I cropped a few of my tops, I had lots of left over strips of material. I didn’t want to just throw these away so I made some cute matching headbands to go with my new tops. If you wanted to make them neater, you could sew the edges up, but I left mine as it was so I could wear it as a thin band or make it bigger in bandanna style. With smaller pieces, you could make them into scrunchies or even sew them on as patches on jeans or jackets.
Get creative with fabric paint.
I’ve seen denim jackets with cute painted designs all over Pinterest recently. If you want to get a bit more creative, you could give this a go yourself. If you don’t want to spend much money, any paint you have lying around would work, but be aware that it’s likely to come out in the wash. I love paintings of daisies or fruit on light blue denim.
The below images are designs my sister painted onto her jeans. It really adds just an extra touch to a plain pair of jeans so they feel brand new! These images below were shot by my sister; you can follow her over at @ellgracephotography.
I’ve realised that you don’t always need to spend a lot of money or buy new clothes to reinvent your wardrobe. It’s great for my bank balance and gives me a creative project!
How do you update your wardrobe on a budget? Leave your best tips and tricks in the comments!