Spring is the season of fresh starts and florals. The weather gets warmer, the days get longer and everything starts to bloom into a puff of pastel glory! There’s really no better time of year than the springtime to refresh your wardrobe.
Thankfully, there are many ways you can upgrade your look for the new season without breaking the bank. To help get you started, here are six style tips for doing spring fashion on a budget.
1. Rely on layers to give your current wardrobe staples a new life.
Springtime weather can be a little bit unpredictable. One day it can be sunny and 70, while the next it could be 45 degrees and raining. To combat this, and give your current wardrobe a fresh look at the same time, layer creatively to make outfits that are completely new. On a chilly spring day, that flowing sundress you’ve had in your closet looks trendy and cool layered over a thin black turtleneck. If it’s still a little early for open-toed shoes, layer a pair of flirty, floral socks underneath your white summer slides. No one will ever know you’ve repurposed your staples and you’ll be happy in your fresh looks.
2. Get creative with where you buy. Frequent thrift shops and resale sites.
If you’ve been eyeing a big-ticket item that you could never afford at full price, search resale sites to see if it’s available second-hand for less. You might just be able to get your hands on something you thought was out of reach. Thrifting is another great way to score on quality items. It’s truly an art form. If you love the thrill of discovery, visit your local thrift shop and see what you find! Most people buy full price for the convenience. That little extra effort you put into your search can save you serious cash.
3. Explore the men’s section for fun finds at an often more affordable price.
As with most consumer goods, women’s fashion is often more expensive than men’s. If you’re looking for more gender-neutral staples — like a lightweight striped sweater or even your new favorite cool socks — the men’s section is a great place to start your shopping. Just be mindful of how you might need to adjust your sizing and you’ll still find a perfect fit.
4. Bring all of your fashionable friends together for a clothing swap.
If you have some items in your wardrobe that you’re not really into anymore, odds are your friends do as well. If you’re all looking for a seasonal refresh, why not bring everyone together for a clothing swap? That trench coat you haven’t worn in a while might become your best friend’s new staple piece. The scarf that no longer matches your friend’s style could be the accessory you’ve been searching for. Once a year at The Sock Drawer, we sock fairies have a big swap where we bring in tons of gently used clothes, housewares and anything else that we’re ready to bid farewell to. We have all found new treasures that we adore, and the rest gets donated. It’s a blast, plus it feels great to clean house and to donate to those in need.
5. Save on super sale items and tailor sizes that are slightly off.
Less popular sizes are often the ones that get left in clearance and get steeply discounted toward the end of the season. See what you find in a size that’s slightly off, and if the deal’s worth it, take your new piece to a tailor for a custom fit. When shopping the clearance racks, be careful to not pick sizes that are too far off from your own, as drastic alterations can also add up.
6. Use stylish accessories to freshen up your outfit at a low cost.
It’s not often recommended to invest deeply in super trendy accessories if they are expensive, as they’re often out of style before you’ve gotten your money’s worth. When looking for affordable pieces that can elevate your springtime look, think about whether you’d be comfortable with the price even if it lasted you only a season. Sparkly hair clips, cushioned headbands, lariat necklaces, and lucite earrings are spring trends that you can follow without spending too much. If you want to stick to accessories that will serve you year-round, socks with sayings, a classic pair of sunglasses and a basic baseball cap will keep you stylish in all seasons.
Have Fun with Your Spring Looks
Spring is the perfect season to get creative with your look, and you really don’t need to spend too much to give your seasonal wardrobe a fresh, new life. In fact, a little creative thinking is all you need to do spring fashion on a budget.