Fashion: 4 Tricks How to Fall Refresh Your Wardrobe on a Budget

October 5, 2012 Katja Presnal

Fashion: 4 Tricks How to Fall Refresh Your Wardrobe on a Budget

Fall Refresh for Your Wardrobe

If you didn’t hide those flip flops yet, now is the time. It’s October people, time to do a little fall refresh for your wardrobe. Check out the top 10 trends this fall and make a fall fashion plan. I know it might be too early to tell which one the trends you’ll truly love this fall, and which pieces are really worth the investment. Some trends are just a seasonal fling, and it might not be worth while to spend a lot money just in the name of being trendy.

4 Tricks for being Trendy on a Budget

Before you shop until your drop, here are a four simple tips that will refresh your fall wardrobe without breaking your bank, and keep you saving for the killer leather jacket or Mulberry Del Rey, like me. Pictures are from my own fall refresh by using the tricks mentioned here.

1. Do an inventory in your closet.

Before you buy anything, make an inventory of your own closet, you might be surprised what you find. Just shop your own closet with the fall trends in mind, the odds are that you will find something super trendy already in your closet. Trends tend to come back every few years, and if you don’t do effective job getting rid of clothing and accessories, you’ll probably find several newly trendy pieces that you haven’t used in a while from your own closet. I was happy that the Mulberry wallet I bought two years ago in purple is perfectly trendy this fall again, and that all of the summer scarves I’ve been collecting in various prints are perfect transitional accessories for fall as well.

2. Shop in the closet of your .. husband!

Next do an inventory in your husband’s or boyfriend’s closet, you’ll probably be even more surprised what you find from there. I scored big time. I found my father-in-law’s vintage army jacket from my husband’s closet, and while it is a little big, it has adjustable waist, and when combined with high heel booties, right accessories, cute scarf, and nice handbag, the 40+ year old jacket created one of the trendiest outfits I have this fall.

3. Shop cheap stores first

Really. I made the mistake on setting my eyes on a pair of over thousand dollar boots, and I can’t get them out of my mind now, yet rather spend that money on my trip to London next month. Start fall wardrobe shopping in cheaper places like Marshalls, T.J.Maxx, H&M and Zara first. I also love the invitation only shopping sites such as Gilt and Rue La La, even though they are not giving you an instant satisfaction, their shipping usually takes a while, but their selection and prices for designer fashion are the best. I went to check out the Missoni for Lindex collection, a Scandinavian chain a lot like H&M, and got myself a top and gloves in the trendy purple and without breaking the bank. Although, even their prices made me miss T.J.Maxx.

4. Think Accessories

Instead of spending a ton of money on clothes – think trendy accessories instead. They will instantly transform your outfit and are often much more inexpensive than clothing, plus smaller to storage in your closet (waiting for the next time they are trendy again). I love bracelets, and love the Gawdy Bobbles bracelet for fall in trendy gold, yet it’s earthy with the leather matching perfectly with the military jacket. If your style is more bling, check out the Anna Dello Russo collection at H&M. FASHION FRIDAY I’m linking this post up for Fashion Friday at Musings of a Housewife, who just got a fantastic fall refresh for her website, check it out! Disclosure: Gawdy Bobbles sent me a product sample pictured, and I love it! , , , , , ,

Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work. Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners. She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (5)

  1. I love this post! I’ve been grabbing up mens dress and flannel shirts at the thrift store lately, and they are just perfect for creating great fall and winter outfits on a dime. Since i’m in the military, I’ve also been looking through my old military issued items and repurposing those as well. Since Army jackets are in, I’ve been using my old green fatigue top as a jacket. Added some pins and brooches and the compliments haven’t stopped since I started wearing it.

  2. Great suggestions. You are so right about shopping the cheap stores like H&M, Zara, and TJ Maxx for budget finds before going up to boutiques. The cleaning out the closet and taking inventory is also a good time to donate to charity, lots of people with needs out there!

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