REFRESHING YOUR WARDROBE 101

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It’s nearly fall and we’re all smelling pumpkin spice, seeing much earlier sunsets, and getting ready for that equally exciting and overwhelming closet change over!

If you’ve got that “I’ve got nothing to wear” vibe, here are some ways to refresh your wardrobe (that won’t empty your wallet!)

Clothes Exchange

Have you ever heard that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?  Well, one woman’s discarded shirt can certainly be another’s new favorite. Quarterly-ish, I get together with three similarly sized friends and we bring our Goodwill piles and just rotate from one pile to another, claiming what speaks to us.

We include clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc, and when we’re done, the collectively unclaimed goes in a giant box and gets donated. Each time we do this, I’m amazed at the treasures I come home with.  Sure, some of it ends up in the pile to be re-swapped the next time around, but I always pick up a few pieces that end up in the regular rotation.  So, gather your friends, bring your piles, and take home some new clothes!

Temporary Swap

This is a similar idea to the clothes exchange, but it’s got a time limit on it.  Are there pieces that you just can’t seem to part with, but don’t find yourself reaching for?  Swap pile. Have you been wearing the same shirt on “I didn’t see the people today I’m going to see tomorrow so I’m just going to wear this again” repeat?  Swap pile. My sisters and I are notorious for this, but it would work with good friends also.  We do a little clothes trading, get some wear out of our “new” wardrobe and then, when the designated time frame is up, we give the clothes back to their original owners.  By the time my clothes return, I’m ready to wear them again and they haven’t been sitting lonely in my closet in the meantime.

Stitch Fix

So, I’ve been doing Stitch Fix for a while now and I absolutely love it.  Stitch Fix is a company that sends you 5 pieces of clothing, shoes, or jewelry based off of a style questionnaire you’ve filled out.  You pay a $20 styling fee that is used toward your purchase of any/all items in your Fix.  I get fixes maybe 3 times a year, but if the budget allowed, I would do them monthly! My stylist always keeps me age appropriately in fashion.

Recently I learned an even less expensive way to have some fix fun.  When you use Stitch Fix and keep all 5 items, you get 25% off the entire box.  I’ve never kept 5 items, but a neighbor shared her Stitch Fix secret … she keeps what she wants at the 25% discount and sells the rest!  I was skeptical at first, but there are boards upon boards designated just to this philosophy on Facebook.  This most recent fix I kept 2 items and sold the other 3 within hours.  Done.  And, trust me, if I can do it, you can do it.  I’ve never sold anything (even at a garage sale!) in my life.  It was easily handled through paypal (shipping labels and all.)  And I got great clothes at 25% off!  Also, share your referral code and get $25 toward your next fix when your friend’s fix ships.

Keep it Simple

My favorite always in style trend is a white t-shirt and jeans.  You cannot go wrong with this look and it’s so easy to jazz up, regardless of the season.

I’m ready to move from summer white v-neck, demin shorts, and flip flops to white v-neck, cuffed boyfriend jeans, and booties.  The easiest way to stay on trend for cheap is to keep it simple and shop the latest accessories.  Charming Charlie, Banana Republic Outlet, Target, and many other local places carry inexpensive jewelry. Jane.com, Zulily, and other deal a day sites often carry fall scarves that look just like those with high price tags for less.  Throw on a cardigan and a scarf or long necklace and shawl and your favorite summer look just turned fall friendly.  I’m willing to pay more for the white t’s and jeans that will last, knowing I can pay a lot less to change out the accessories.

Do you feel properly ready for those fall days now?  Good!  Enjoy the change in weather and change in your closet!

 

 

This is not a sponsored post.  I paid for my Stitch Fix purchases with my own money, but love the service enough to pass on the information to you!  That said, if you sign up and schedule your fix through the link I provided above, I will receive referral credit that will go towards my purchases.  Happy shopping!

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