Mom and I love talking about all things clothing. We love to shop. Love to put outfits together. It’s a hobby of sorts (Yes, shopping IS a hobby. I stand by it.) An artistic outlet that allows us to create something and wear our own art. We love it. And we hate it. Why? Well, because it’s emotional and personal. I know—I got deep. But! Isn’t it true with any art form? If you’re a writer, you have good writing days and bad—days you feel inspired and days you feel muddled in mediocrity. It’s the same with fashion. Some days putting together an outfit is electric—the right colors, textures, accessories all seem to fall together. And other days? Even putting jeans and a teeshirt on can feel like work.
So how do you build a wardrobe that inspires you daily—while not breaking the bank?
If you’re like me, you have to budget your shopping. Which can feel creatively limiting. That is a lie consumerism likes to tell you. You absolutely can build a wardrobe you love within the budget you make. All it takes is a vision, some time, and a bit of ingenuity. Hear me out.
Vision. Everyone should know their style. When you can identify your style, I believe you’ve won half the battle of having an inspiring wardrobe on a budget. It helps eliminate shoppers regret—why did I buy the straw hat if I know I’ll never wear the straw hat? It helps put your blinders on in stores to certain trends that yes, look great on your tall friend Megan, but might not do your petite body justice. It helps narrow down the things you pull from the racks and purchase.
It also makes getting dressed so. Much. Easier. Instead of having an identity crisis every morning—am I preppy? Bohemian? Sporty? You can look confidently in your closet and say I am, “fill-in-your-style-here.” It’s all about vision.
Just as you would style your home in one way, just as a brand presents itself in one way, so you too can identify your style in one way.
Time. Building an inspiring wardrobe on a budget takes time. First, you need to eliminate anything and everything in your closet that does not inspire you. Such as? Things you haven’t worn in years. Trends you’ve outgrown. Colors that don’t compliment your skin-tone. As you go through your closet, give all those things that don’t spark joy away.
Second, create a list. Where are there gaps in your wardrobe? What do you wish you had? I’m not talking about those Christian Louboutin shoes. But items that would make getting dressed easy and exciting? Is it a fresh pair of jeans? A knockout dress? A great pair of sandals? Take time to cull through your closet and see what’s missing.
Ingenuity. This is where shopping for your inspiring wardrobe on a budget comes in. Shop sales—every day sales and holiday sales. Shop with Insider Perks—stores who offer free shipping, birthday discounts, and more. Shop with coupons—buy $50 get $25 back aka GAP Cash. Shop dupes—forgo the expensive designer item for a look-a-like for less. Shop at second hand stores—Crossroads Trading is trend city at discounted prices.
Remember—keep your vision in mind when you’re shopping. Take your time and cultivate a list of items that will inspire you. And be creative as you find those pieces on a budget. Follow those three things and you’re well on your way to building an inspiring wardrobe on a budget. Oh, and HAVE FUN!
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