Thursday, December 4, 2008

Get a summer wardrobe on a budget

Summer is finally here so it’s time to pack away the winter woollies and slip into some fabulous new dresses and sandals. If you’re itching to hit the stores but lack the funds, never fear – here are some simple ways to fill up your wardrobe without racking up debt, and versatility is the key:

  • The best place to start is to clear out your wardrobe: pack away all your winter clothes, and reassess what is left in your closet. Chuck out all of the clothes that don’t fit you, are out of style or need mending. Now you have a great base to work from.

  • Make a list of the items you need for summer that you don’t currently have in your wardrobe – here is a list of the great summer basics:
    o Strappy sandals – These are a girl’s best friend this summer: they can be dressed up for an evening out, or dressed down for a day at the beach. Get a pair in a versatile colour like black or tan.
    o Floral dress – Another great versatile item: dress it up with gold earrings and heels or shift into casual gear with a few gold bracelets and gladiator sandals.
    o Shorts – A fabulous pair of shorts will stand you in good stead: A patterned chiffon blouse or tank top will keep you looking cool and elegant this summer.
    o A-line skirt – This style flatters almost any body shape, so wear it with confidence to a club or lunch with the girls.
    o White Cotton T – A must-have in any fashionista’s cupboard – pair with jeans or a skirt and you’re good to go.
    o White Linen Pants – Cool and comfortable.

  • Now that you know what it is that you need to be looking for this summer, here’s how to ensure you are getting these items at bargain basement prices:
    o Seek out vintage stores – you know that you will be getting a one-of-a-kind item, and for cheap too.
    o Don’t hurry past those bargain stores ­– Trips to stores like Mr. Price, Pep and Jet Stores will almost always uncover some great value finds.
    o Learn to sew – There is nothing as rewarding and economical like making your own outfits. If sewing is not for you, get them made for you by a seamstress – this generally ends up being cheaper than buying from a store.
    o Revive old clothes – Add an interesting brooch, or hike up the hem on an old favourite dress to give those items a new lease on life.
    o Swap clothes with friend – What might not suit you anymore might look great on your friend and vice versa: At least you know that your clothes are going to a good home.
    o Find factory shops in your area – You can always find something great for cheap.

Isn’t great to fill up a wardrobe but with none of the guilt?

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