Experimenting with style is fun, and your look should evolve as you grow and discover new interests. But crafting the perfect wardrobe can be difficult on a budget, especially if you tend to change your style up frequently.
Once you’ve developed a sense of style (or updated your old one), it’s important to take a look in your closet and find the most useful pieces. Doing so is the first step toward assembling your dream wardrobe.
Read on to learn how you can start to craft the perfect closet that’s entirely you.
Going on a total purge every time you want to change up your look can be expensive and wasteful. Rather than dumping all your old jeans or shoes into a dumpster, look up ways you can repurpose old pieces.
It’s a lot easier than you may think to make old clothes feel new again. Oversized t-shirts and sweaters can be cut and tied into fashionable tops; your beat-up denim jacket can be revitalized with some iron-on patches and artsy pins.
Pay close attention to the textures and colors that are most popular in your new style, and find ways you could emulate them or bring them out of things you already own.
Thrift store clothes can be incredibly unique and extremely affordable. When you’re just starting out with a new style, it’s a good idea to buy less expensive pieces that allow you to experiment while you fine-tune your new look.
Thrifting is also a great way to find clothes to upcycle or overlooked vintage pieces rife with potential. Check out different types of thrift stores in your area.
You can also check out other unexpected local vendors to help you complete your look; for accessories, hit up flea markets or check out body piercing jewellery suppliers. There are hidden gems just about anywhere when you’re open to exploring.
Everyone wants their style to be unique, but you can start to cultivate the perfect wardrobe by looking at your style icons. Instagram is filled with tons of fashion accounts and style influencers who can help you get an idea of what pieces are absolute essentials to your new look.
Pick three to five accounts and take note of your favorite outfits. What pieces are repeated most often? It could be a pair of black jeans, Doc Martens or a killer denim jacket. Try to recreate your favorite outfits and invest in pieces that you can mix and match to create looks of your own.
Once you’ve gotten a good idea of what pieces will lay the foundation of your new wardrobe, putting together different outfits will be easy. Focus on essentials first, then work your way up to more unique pieces and accessories. If you’re on a budget or trying to embrace minimalism, timeless pieces that can be dressed up and easily customized with accessories should be your top priority.
If there’s anything you keep in mind as you embark on this latest chapter of your style journey, make it this: Have fun, be yourself and embrace all the shades of style.