How to Refresh Your Wardrobe This Spring Without Breaking the Bank

Spring season means spring cleaning. Spring is a time for reinvigoration and whether you’re doing some needed spring cleaning or just enjoying the flowers blooming, this season is all about delighting in the fresh and new. This new attitude can spread into your wardrobe. Here are some simple ideas to save that extra dollar.

Host a Clothes and Accessories Swap

Plan a nice get-together with your close friends or family and ask if they’d be interested in participating in an informal swap. In this swap, everyone can bring clothing, accessories, and other wardrobe items they no longer want. This swap won’t cost a dime and can help you and others find new pieces to love.

Sell Clothes You Don’t Wear Anymore

Minimizing the wardrobe is a great way to refresh it. By cutting out excessive pieces weighing down your closet, you can make some cash and create more space to focus on your favorites. There are plenty of places to sell your clothes for cash, such as the apps ThreadUp and Closet and Cloth. If you need motivation to toss clothes, grab an empty box or trash bag and make it your goal to fill it!

Craft Old Pieces into New Ones

No need to be a do-it-yourself expert for this one. Something as simple as ironing a decorative patch onto a jacket or designing a t-shirt into a tank top using scissors will do. And as always you can play around with dye or spray paint to give accessories a new look.

Take a Stab at the “Capsule Wardrobe”

Minimalization is in. Minimizing your expanded wardrobe can create a “capsule wardrobe,” which typically consists of 30 to 40 pieces that can be mixed and matched to create new looks. When you limit yourself to a few pieces, it is a great way to cut down on shopping and teach you to take care of your clothes so they can last. To shop for your capsule wardrobe to invest in quality basics built for long term wear, limit yourself to a short list and shop with caution.

After wearing the same practical winter clothes for work over the dark months, the change in weather can be a great excuse to revamp your work uniform no matter what your career is, or how much you want to spend. Whether you’re inclined to a new suit or skirt that you can pair with sensible heels, these several refined ideas will not let you break the bank.

Sadie York, '19

I have an old soul who loves travel and all things Audrey Hepburn. Fashion and the history of it has always been interesting to me, and someday I hope to make my mark in the fashion realm.