You might add a new item to your wardrobe here and there, but if it’s time for an overhaul you might have to take some more drastic measures to update things. But if you’re working with a budget there are going to be some limitations of course. Here are some ways to update and get organized without having to dip into the savings.
Get Rid of What You Don’t Want
Start by taking everything out of your closet that you don’t need or want anymore. This will help for a few different reasons. For one thing, you probably don’t even remember everything that is in your closet right now so first you’ll actually be able to assess what you own and hopefully find some gems you forgot about. With some extra space cleared up you can actually pin down what you’re stocked with and what you’re truly lacking. If you get rid of all the pants that don’t fit you might notice that you really don’t have any slacks, so now you know.
Another reason to get rid of clothes that you don’t want is because you can sell them, and not just on eBay. There are sites dedicated solely to men’s clothing, like the site Grailed which is a community marketplace. On Grailed you can both sell and buy higher clothing in good condition. It’s the perfect spot to unload all of those items you bought and just didn’t end up needing. Don’t underestimate any sites for selling clothes.
Sites like eBay can sound a little daunting but with the app it walks you through a simple step by step process, and when your items sell you can print out the shipping label at home and arrive a USPS pickup at your front door. It’s a pretty simple way to make some extra cash, and then you can just turn around and spend on new clothes.
Now that you’ve gotten a bunch of stuff out of the closet, it’s time to figure out what you don’t have. Make a list so that you can keep track of it and stay on focus when you start to shop. Make sure you have all of the essentials before you branch out into doubles or fashion only buys.
When you’re buying your closet essentials, keep the color palette in neutrals that are going to work over and over again. Such as, buy a brown jacket, not a yellow one. Once you have the essentials down then you can start to get more creative, but with some classic go-to’s you’ll always know that you have something appropriate to wear no matter where you’re going.
You can portion out your money to spend more on the items that are more challenging to fit, or whatever ends up being a priority to you. If you fit most jeans there are a lot of companies that make really reasonably priced ones that you can save a lot on. Always keep in mind that tailoring clothes is the only way to guarantee a fit, so don’t throw in the towel on a coat that doesn’t fit right. Taking the time and money to tailor can give you items that you will use for years, and not have to replace anytime soon, which will save you money in the long run.