Over the course of the last two years, I have managed to lose something close to 70 pounds. All of those missing pounds left me with the need for a new wardrobe and the desire to update my old look, which I will lovingly refer to as “boho mommy”. What’s “boho mommy”, you ask? Well, it is a combination of the hippie inspired look of boho chic and the comfort of tank tops, yoga and sweat pants. It wasn’t a very flattering combination, but it kept me comfortable while raising my kids through the difficult baby and toddler years.
Now that my kids are less demanding of my time and I have part of my identity back, I have decided it’s time to update my look. That’s much easier said than done when you have four children and work mainly as a free-lance writer. If you are living on a tight budget, I promise you, if I can overhaul my wardrobe for $200, anyone can! It just takes a little time and patience as you shop. Here are some of the ways I was able to update my look for less:
Shop Second Hand
I know some people balk at the mere mention of shopping at thrift stores, but I absolutely love it! There’s no better place for stretching your fashion dollars, especially if you pay extra attention for specials. My favorite store offers a “bag sale” twice a year where shoppers can fill up a good size bag full of clothing and pay a flat fee of $7.00 for everything inside. Some of the pieces I have managed to grab for mere pennies include a brown velvet jacket that pairs with everything from my favorite worn out jeans to a simple black skirt, a funky floral dress that looks great at summer celebrations and a pink and grey off the shoulder sweater that I can wear fall through spring.
Second hand stores can also be a great resource for jewelry and accessories. You can purchase jewelry to wear as-is or you can do what I like to do and take apart several pieces and design something unique to fit your style. Jewelry and its components can also be used to embellish jeans, tops, skirts and shoes for an updated look. Scarves are an easy way to update your look and are versatile. Invest in a few and enjoy the added color they bring to your wardrobe.
Websites such as No More Rack, Tanga and Thred Up are some of my favorite sites to shop for clothing bargains. I have been shopping No More Rack and Tanga for several years and have recently treated myself to a new striped tank dress for $4.00 from No More Rack and a $70.00 pair of diamond accent earrings from Tanga that cost me the price of shipping only. Also, don’t forget to search eBay and Amazon for great deals.
Refuse To Pay Full Price
In this day and age, coupons and sales can be found almost everywhere as stores fight for shoppers and their dollars. Make the most of this and seek out the best offers. If you are going shopping, browse the sales ads beforehand and see if you can pair any coupons to your sales ads. If you are shopping, search for online coupon codes. Retail Me Not is one of my favorite sites to use.
If you have a special talent that others will pay you for, consider using it for the purpose of bartering as well as making money. There are barter groups set up on Etsy and ArtFire where you can meet with other artisans and work out trades. All it costs you are the supplies to make the item and shipping.
Updating your wardrobe doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you take the time to seek out the best bargains. Make sure that whatever you buy is something that you will wear, otherwise you will just be throwing away money. To stretch your fashion budget even further, make sure you buy items that can mix and match with other pieces in your wardrobe.