8 Wardrobe Hacks You Can Use to Stretch Your Clothing Budget

Tight budgets don’t equate to a lackluster closet. Instead, extra-frugalness just means that you may have to get a bit more creative in the tips and tricks department in concerns of fashion. Have no fear, the hackers are here!

With these 8 wardrobe hacks, you’ll be able to stretch your clothing budget and utilize what you’ve already got in the closet. Instead of chucking out even more money on new threads, it’s time to start learning how to upcycle, makeover, turn-around, and beat the system. Learn how to care for your clothing longer and spend less for the trends.

8 Wardrobe Hacks You Can Use to Stretch Your Clothing Budget

Buy At The End of the Season – For Next Year’s Season

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An easy trick to follow: buy at the end of each season. This is when clothes go on sale or clearance. You can stock up for the following season and get your favorite styles at a fraction of the cost!

Wash Them Correctly

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Don’t just throw all your clothes in the dryer and cross your fingers for good luck. If you want to get the most wear out of your clothes, you’re going to have to take care of them correctly.

  • Separate the darks from the whites.
  • Don’t wash your jeans with your lighter fabrics.
  • Hang up delicates to dry.
  • Dry clean what is marked “dry clean only.”

Don’t ruin your clothes because you were lazy in the laundry room.

Ask The 3-Outfit Question

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This one is simple.

Before you buy a new piece of clothing ask yourself, “What three outfits can I make with this.”

If it’s too hard, don’t buy it. But, if you punch them out pretty quickly with items you already have at home – it’s a winner!


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Sometimes the simplest tip is the best tip. And this tip is all in the accessories.

To make an older outfit new again, just add some new accessories.

This can be with a pop of new color or adding some extra neutrals. Put on some pumps to make it a more nighttime look or sneakers for something on the casual side.

Tailor The Good Stuff

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You’re more apt to wear your clothes when they fit right.

  • Go ahead and get those slack hemmed instead of buying new ones.
  • Get your blazer fitted instead of buying a different one for your interview.
  • Utilize what you already have inside the closet.

Wait A Month

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If you see something you love but don’t necessarily have the budget for it, wait a month.

In a month you may have the extra cash, you may have found something comparable but less expensive, or you may never think of it again – which is a clue that you never really needed it in the first place.

Find New Ways To Wear Old Pieces

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Whether you make old pieces over or learn how to wear them in an entirely new way, a bit of DIYing and redoing is essential to getting the most out of your wardrobe.

  • Turn old jeans into cut-off shorts.
  • Turn sweaters into vests.
  • Turn t-shirts into crop tops.

The possibilities are endless. Of course, mixing and matching new pieces will do the same!

Invest In Quality Essentials

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When it comes to the essentials, invest in quality pieces.

These are your “capsule” pieces.

These are the items that you will rotate and get the most wear out of, so – instead of buying a white blouse every few months – invest in a blouse that will be able to withstand the wear, even if you have to spend a bit more.

And these pieces that you do use chunks of your budget on, make sure they fit you right. Try them on before purchasing and don’t go with the trends. Instead, stay with the necessities: a nice pair of jeans, slacks, a blazer, an LBD, and yes, a white blouse too.