You’ve found yourself in the position of wanting to change your style and build a brand new wardrobe, whether it’s because of the warm spring days, seasonal trends, or you simply want to try something new. But, because clothes aren’t the most affordable purchase for the most of us and you wouldn’t want to spend thousands for some low-quality clothing that won’t look on you in a year, you’re looking for ways to improve your wardrobe without spending a fortune. Today, we’ll share with you 5 tips on how to upgrade your wardrobe without breaking the budget.

5 budget-friendly tips to upgrade your wardrobe

Declutter your closet

Make room in your closet for new items by clearing out the old ones that you don’t wear anymore. If you want to go completely minimalist, get rid of everything you know you’re not going to wear: unfixable clothes, clothes you never wear, the ones you’ve been meaning to wear “after you lose weight,” and that prom dress that has been hanging in your wardrobe since 2013. However, if you’re like the rest of us and still have some clothes that you have an emotional attachment to, it doesn’t hurt to keep a few of them in your wardrobe, but still make sure to get rid of the ones that you’re sure you’re never wearing again.

Sell/donate/recycle everything you don’t wear anymore

After you’ve cleaned out your closet of everything you’re not going to wear any longer, consider how you can get rid of the items you’re not wearing in a sustainable way that will also help you save money. We recommend sorting your clothes into three piles: one for items in good condition that can be sold, another for things that can be donated to family, friends, or charity shops, and a third pile for clothes that are not in wearable condition and would be more helpful if recycled. This way, you’re making room for something new in a sustainable and budget-friendly way.

Stick to the staples

One of the best ways to save money when shopping is to make a list of the staples that you want to be in your (capsule) wardrobe and to stick to it when going to the store. Planning ahead of time what exactly you want to wear, how you’re going to match your newly bought clothes together, and what versatile outfits you can create will make you significantly less distracted when shopping. Stick to the classics, such as white cable knit sweaters, like these woolen Irish sweaters  that are also in trend this season, black swimsuits, or camel trench coats, you will not have this problem and will stay stylish regardless of the season.

Buy out of season

When clothes are out of season, they are often significantly less expensive, allowing you to buy them at a more affordable price. Buy your swimwear in the fall or winter, for example, when the price is nearly two times lower, and you’ll save a lot of money. The same rule applies to all the other seasonal clothing, such as sweaters that are best purchased during the warmer months of the year. The potential downside is that the garments you purchase will not be the most fashionable the following year when you wear them, but if you stick to the staple clothing just as we’ve advised you earlier, you won’t ever have that problem.

Explore the thrift shops

If you’re used to only buying your clothes at the stores in the mall or in fashion boutiques, you should definitely give the thrift shops a try. You’ll be surprised how many great-looking clothes of a great fabric quality you’ll find there, especially when it comes to garments made of natural fabrics such as wool, denim, tweed, and even silk, that last a long time. Plus, the price can be up to 10 times less than what you’d pay for the clothing at a regular store! You can save you money by both going to your local thrift stores, shopping online on marketplaces, or downloading apps where people sell the clothes that they’re not wearing anymore (sometimes even designer ones).