How To Build A Wardrobe On A Budget, Part 3

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

how to build a wardrobe on a budget part 3

Do you struggle with seeing new trends each season and have an overwhelming need to try them? You'll buy something, hang it in your closet, come to it over and over again and can't figure out how to fit it into your current style. After six months, you'll find it shoved in the black hole of your closet and say, "Oh snap! I can't believe this still has the tags on it."

Don't worry. I feel your pain. It's how I ended up with an overstuffed closet with nothing to wear and why I learned how to build my wardrobes with these few tricks:

Pay yourself. // Every paycheck, I pay myself and use the money for shopping. This can be any number that makes sense for your budget. Personally, I set aside $40, which gives me a $960 budget for a whole year. You can build an amazing wardrobe with $960! If I really need something that's expensive, like a new pair of jeans, I save up for them or I buy them immediately and don't pay myself for the amount of time that equals the price of the item. Honestly, this has really helped me keep control of my budget and not feel like I never get to update my wardrobe.

Venture away from the mall. // You would be really surprised what treasures you can find locally. I have nothing against the mall. I love my department stores, but sometimes you can find better deals from local boutiques. I feel like a lot of boutiques get the stigma that they're overpriced or too expensive. While that may be true for some, you can't judge the whole by some parts. My favorite boutique to go to is Merge in College Station. Everything in the store is under $50 - which is perfect for my $40 budget - and is really high quality. It's a fantastic place to go when you're in a pinch for an event because the Merge girls are super helpful and the clothes won't break the bank! 

Shop online. // I use to not be a huge fan of online shopping. In fact, I hated it. I was always afraid that I would waste money on something that didn't fit correctly and didn't want to go through the hassle of returning items. Since I started paying myself, I opened up to online shopping because I wanted to find the best deals.

Two quick tips for shopping online:

Look at the Returns/Exchanges policy and read it very closely. Some places may only give you store credit or only allow returns within 7 days. I suggest only shopping places that don't make it a pain for you to get what you need. (J.Crew has a phenomenal returns policy.)

Sign up for emails. I know it's so annoying when you see those pop ups on sites or seeing an email in your inbox everyday, but it's worth it. I have found out about so many fantastic sales and deals this way. It'll definitely help you get more bang for your buck when looking for investment items for your wardrobe.

Invest in quality. // There are things you can skimp on and things you should never ever buy on the cheap. I've learned this lesson many times the hard way. I know a $15 jeans at Old Navy can be tempting, but when they rip later or don't fit your body shape, you're going to regret it. Having to buy something cheap every 6 months or even more frequently because the item doesn't last adds up! I'm not saying go out and purchase a $1,600 jacket. You can still purchase quality clothing and stick to your budget. (That's another post for another day, girlfriend.)

See, simple as that! Remember, don't rush the process and let your five words guide you as you purchase clothing. Don't be afraid to say no when you're shopping. If it doesn't fit with how you want to feel, it's no deal. (Gosh, I am such a great rhymer, y'all.)

Are you doing some spring cleaning? What are your tips for building your wardrobe?

Visit the other posts in this series:
Part 1: Inspire
Part 2: Cleanse
Part 3: Build


  1. Pay yourself? What a novel concept. I really never thought of it that way. I'm definitely going to start doing that. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Yup! It seriously taken the guilt away from shopping. I'm happy it helped you! :)