Spring is finally upon us, and for many, that means that it’s time to start thinking about updating our spring/summer wardrobes to make sure we’ve got everything that we need to look great and be comfortable in warmer weather. Unfortunately, however, most of us don’t have the disposable income that we need to go out and replace our whole wardrobe with wild abandon every season. The good news is, there are plenty of ways that you can update and refresh your wardrobe, without breaking the bank. Here’s a look at some of the best.

Ignore Fashions

If you want to waste money on clothes that you’ll only wear for one season and have to buy brand new shoes and accessories to match, the best way to do it is to follow fashion. Instead of shopping current trends, which change all of the time, learn more about what suits you, what you feel comfortable in, and what you really love. Buy clothes that tick these boxes, even if they aren’t particularly fashionable, and you’ll get years of wear out of them. 

Spend on Key Items

It’s okay to buy cheaper clothes sometimes, but often you are creating a false economy. For things that you wear a lot, like comfortable shoes, coats, and essentials like plain t-shirts that go with everything and day-to-day jeans, it’s worth spending more for high-quality that will last. 

Learn to Embroider

Embroidering flowers, bees, and other cute additions to your old jeans and tops are a fantastic way to give them new life. It can also give you a cool way to repair small rips, cover stains, and create a unique wardrobe. 

Shop Secondhand

Shopping secondhand means that you’ll get a more unique wardrobe for a much smaller price. It’s also fantastic for the environment and a way for you to help other people. 

Shop with Your Current Wardrobe in Mind

When you buy something new, ask yourself whether it will go with accessories and clothes that you already own. If not, find something that does. You shouldn’t have to buy a whole new outfit every time you want one particular piece. 

Look for Deals and Offers

Before buying anything take a look online for sales, deals, and offers to see if there is any way that you can save money. You can typically save on all your fashion needs by simply waiting for sales or finding a voucher code before you buy. 

Subscribe and Follow

Follow your favorite fashion brands and fashion bloggers on social media and subscribe to newsletters and loyalty schemes when they have them. You’ll get special offers and early access to deals. 

Don’t Shop Seasonally

Having a summer and winter wardrobe can be expensive. Instead of shopping seasonally, try to shop for things that will work all year round. A cute summer dress is still cute with boots, tights, and a chunky knit. 

Create a Swap Shop

If you are bored with your wardrobe, chances are other people that you know are bored of theirs too. Consider arranging a swap shop, or more informally swapping a few items with friends. This is a great way to bring something new to your wardrobe without having to spend a penny.

Always Shop Mindfully

Before you buy anything, take some time to think about it. Ask yourself if you need it, when you’d wear it, why you want it, and if you really love it enough. Don’t buy it if you can’t answer those questions. 

Refreshing your wardrobe should be fun and saving money certainly doesn’t have to make it boring. In fact, thinking outside the box, being more experimental with fashion, and trying your hand at some DIY can make it more enjoyable than ever, without any guilt.