Wardrobe Tips/ Fashion / 29 Mar, 2023
How to Reset Your Wardrobe on a Budget
Fashion is fun and exciting, but it can also be overwhelming, especially if you’re going through a major life change, like starting a new job or entering a different decade of life. Whatever the reason, rebuilding your wardrobe can be a great way to revamp your style and boost your confidence. But if you’re on a tight budget, it can be challenging to know where to start. That’s where a capsule wardrobe comes in. A capsule wardrobe is a curated collection of essential items that can be worn in a variety of ways to create multiple outfits. By focusing on quality over quantity and choosing items that are versatile and timeless, you can build a wardrobe that works for any occasion. And the best part is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Here are some tips for resetting or rebuilding your wardrobe on a budget.
Similar Beige Cardigan (also here) | Cami NYC Satin Cami | Sofia Jeans White Denim | Saint Laurent Envelope Bag | Alexandre Birman Tie Ankle Heels | Similar Fedora
1. Take inventory & set a budget
Before you go on a shopping spree, go through your current wardrobe and make a list of what you’re able to keep, what you can donate or sell, and what you need to purchase. This will help you assess which pieces are still relevant, which ones you no longer wear or like, and which items are missing from your collection. Next, make a list of the items that you need to purchase. These items should be carefully selected to complement your existing collection and fill any gaps.
Be sure to set a budget and avoid buying items that are trendy or that you may only wear once or twice. The goal is to build a wardrobe that is functional, stylish, and sustainable, so you don’t need to purchase everything at once.
Balmain Blazer (wearing a 34, better for budget here) | Similar White Button Down Shirt (also here and here) | Commando Patent Leather Leggings (wearing an XS) | Louis Vuitton Coussin PM Bag | Tom Ford Padlock Heels (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent Shield Sunglasses (similar)
2. Hone in on your personal style
Another thing you’ll want to do before shopping is identify your personal style. One way to start is by gathering inspiration from various sources, such as Instagram, Pinterest, and fashion magazines. Look for patterns and and trends that catch your eye. Next, try to incorporate those elements into your own wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles until you find what works for you. Another helpful tip is to scope out the pieces that make you feel the most confident, and build your wardrobe around those items. For me, it’s tailored silhouettes, edgy accents and feminine details.
Abercrombie White Shirt (wearing an XS) | Anine Bing Lace Bra | Levi’s Denim Shorts (wearing a 24, also love these) | Gucci Princetown Mules (better for budget here) | Gucci Belt | Amazon Cat-Eye Sunglasses | Chanel Red Handbag (better for budget here)
3. Choose a color scheme
As you’re shopping for new pieces, choose a color palette that works for your style and skin tone. Consider starting with neutral colors like black, white, gray, and beige. I love neutrals because they’re versatile and timeless and can serve as the foundation for your daily looks. Once you have a strong base of neutrals, you can add a few accent colors to bring in some personality. This will help you streamline your shopping and ensure that every item in your closet works together.
White Linen Shirt (similar) | Levi’s White Jeans (wearing a 24) | Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps (better for budget here) | Hermes Belt | Bottega Veneta The Pouch Bag | Wool Fedora (similar)
4. Invest in quality basics
I say this all the time but it’s so important to invest in quality basics that will stand the test of time. These staples are the building blocks of your wardrobe and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Some examples of quality basics include a good pair of jeans, a smart blazer and a white button-up shirt. Look for high-quality materials like cotton, wool, and silk, as they are durable and comfortable to wear. This will also help you save money in the long run by not having to constantly replace cheap, low-quality items.
Balmain Blazer (wearing a 34, better for budget here) | Balmain Logo Tee | Levi’s Denim Shorts (wearing a 24, also love these) | Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent Shield Sunglasses (similar) | Givenchy Antigona Handbag
5. Shop secondhand
Shopping secondhand can be a great option when you’re rebuilding your wardrobe from scratch and have a tight budget. Consignment shops and online marketplaces can offer a treasure trove of high-quality pieces at a fraction of the cost of buying new. This especially holds true for designer investment pieces, like bags and other accessories. I love buying pre-loved bags from The Real Real and Fashionphile – both offer a sustainable choice that helps to reduce waste and decrease the demand for fast fashion.
Express Cutout Blazer (wearing an XS) | Express Pintuck Trousers (wearing a 0 Short) | Express Heeled Sandals (runs TTS) | Saint Laurent Hobo Bag | Bottega Veneta Sunglasses (better for budget here)
6. Focus on sizing and fit
The right size and fit can make or break an outfit, no matter how expensive or trendy the clothing item may be. Clothing that is too tight or too loose can be uncomfortable and unflattering, while clothes that fit properly can enhance your silhouette and make you feel confident. When shopping for new pieces, make sure to try them on and pay attention to how they fit. If something doesn’t feel quite right, consider getting it tailored to achieve the perfect silhouette.