What better time is there to upgrade your wardrobe and switch up your style than a brand new year? It’s a new year with a fresh start and a clean slate, and it can also be the perfect time to change your look with a brand new wardrobe completely.
Of course, you don’t need to throw out everything in your closet simply because it’s a new year, and you need a new wardrobe. Plus, you don’t necessarily need a new wardrobe because it’s a new year.
That said, you might want to be heading into the new year with some new styles and fashion tips up your sleeve. Thankfully, improving your style and changing up your look doesn’t always require that you completely change your wardrobe.
But you need some closet cleaning like sorting out and getting rid of old clothes that you haven’t worn in a while. A better-organized closet with certainly help your wardrobe upgrade.
If you’re looking to make 2020 your most stylish year yet, then we are here to help you make that happen. We put together seven ways you can upgrade your wardrobe in the coming year, and the good part, you won’t have to spend a ton of money.
1. Get Some New Accessories
Getting some new accessories is a sure way to switch up your style without having to invest in an entirely new wardrobe.
Accessories are much cheaper than brand new clothes, and they can also be worn multiple times, and with different outfits, this creates an unlimited amount of new fashions possibilities and help stay stylish.
With the right combination of accessories such as a new versatile necklace or a beautiful bracelet can completely transform your favorite old outfit look stylish and chic once again.
2. Explore Brands
Many times we get so attached to a particular or some clothing brands while completely shutting others out. This is one reason why some of us get in a style rut.
Having a favorite brand you trust and shopping from a particular shop can be great. However, there are always many new, amazing brands with exciting products — not to mention amazing deals — hitting the market that are waiting to be discovered.
So, don’t limit yourself to just a few, and miss out on great deals and gorgeous styles, keep exploring all year round.
3. New Bags Give You A New Look
Upgrading your wardrobe doesn’t necessarily mean that you should throw out everything thing you own and start over to buy new things.
A simple upgrade, like getting a few new shoes and bags, will give you new outfit ideas and go a long way to change your look totally. Even if you’re forced to repeat an outfit, a new bag or shoe with make you look different.
A bag can make or break a look, so you may want to invest in some new ones. Get bags for different occasions, for instance, a small leather sling bag with a solid color or any print for a casual outing or an evening date.
This will accentuate any look that matches its design. A larger bag is suitable for carrying around whatever you may need in a day and can even be the center of your entire outfit.
4. Get Some New Shoes Too
Another thing to invest in is new footwear: sandals, stilettos, sneakers, boots, etc.
You can make a more formal look casual with sneakers, and the right pair can be enough to accentuate almost your entire wardrobe. Sneakers can also make a cute skirt and blouse more casual or add style to your skinny jeans.
Invest in some everyday boots as they can make you look great while still keeping you warm, comfortable, and stylish. Boots that can match almost any outfit you want to wear can be a game-changer in your seasonal wardrobe.
5. Buy Clothes That Can Be Worn Across Seasons
Some clothes are season-specific, and no one expects you to wear a wool sweater on a hot summer afternoon, but you can wear it in Spring, Autumn, and Winter, with some layering. Such versatile wardrobe staples can be worn across seasons are more functional.
Even though this may seem like a no brainer, some of us are guilty of shopping for clothes only because we want to wear for a particular upcoming event or some new fashion trend. After that, we practically have no use for it anymore.
So instead of buying something specifically for certain events, try to have a few dressier pieces in your wardrobe that are more versatile.
Another reason why some may struggle to stay fashionable is that trends are always changing.
Imagine that you spend hundreds of dollars on a new wardrobe that will be out of date in a few months, this can be distressing because seriously who wants to wear some old-fashionable stuff.
But if you invest in a few style staples, this ensures that you have high-quality items that will survive many different trends. Get some leather jackets, durable denim, basic shirts, skirts, and versatile dresses. These are all solid investment items that you can splurge on.
This may immediately reflect negatively on your bank account, but with these high-quality pieces, you’ll add some class to your wardrobe and upgrade your look, and even better is that you’ll be able to wear those items across seasons and for years to come.
6. Swap Clothes With Your Most Stylish Friends
Another great way you can keep your wardrobe looking good is to exchange some pieces with your stylish friends. You can host a clothes swap party with a big group of friends or have a deal with one friend.
Swapping clothes may not be your ideal way of getting new clothes, but it’s a right way of upgrading your wardrobe without spending any money or doing any further damage to the environment.
You also need to keep a neat closet by frequently taking clothes and shoes that you haven’t worn for a long time and have no intention of wearing again.
7. Clean Out Your Wardrobe And Polish Some Older Items
It’s essential that you clean out your closet every once in a while, and to be honest, you can not truly upgrade your wardrobe without first sorting out and getting rid of unwanted possessions to make room for new clothes and shoes.
While sorting your closet to get rid of old stuff, you may come across some clothes, bags, or shoes you may have forgotten about and haven’t worn in a long time.
You may be surprised to find out that they can still serve you, and by cleaning them up and polishing, you will see a brand new bag or shoes for your chic outfit.
You may also have to tweak and adjust some things to give an old dress a new look. Convert a dress to a top or get creative and play around with the designs like adding a few fancy buttons or a belt to give it a different look.
Small tweaks like this can breathe new life to seemingly old clothes.
The Don’ts Of A Stylish Wardrobe
Now, here are some things you should avoid doing to stay stylish with an upgraded wardrobe for the new year;
1. Never go on extravagant shopping sprees
It’s not uncommon to wake up and feel like nothing in your closet is worth wearing anymore, and you suddenly hate every piece in there.
When this happens, we often go on a big shopping spree and end up spending extravagant amounts of money on clothes that won’t see the next season or some trend-led items that you’ll wear only once and dump in the closet to never wear again.
Instead of going out one day to do an extravagant shopping on a whim (that’ll probably impact your bank account negatively), look for fashionable but simple clothing you can wear in almost all seasons.
If you find out that some good pieces are missing from your closet, go ahead and get them. A significant downside of going shopping on a whim is that you end with mostly garbage, that is, items you’ll never wear.
2. Never buy something just because it feels like a good deal
I love great deals, and I’m sure you do too. But when it comes to your wardrobe, buying items simply because you think it’s a great bargain may not be the best thing.
While it’s easy to get carried away by a big discount, and you should take advantage of great rebate offers, especially from big fashion brands.
Also, keep in mind that no matter how great the deal is, if you don’t wear the piece, then it’s a total waste of money, and it will do nothing but occupy space in your closet.
3. Never buy or keep a dress because you think it’s beautiful, even if it doesn’t suit you
Okay, so you find yourself in a shopping mall with lots of very pretty, and suddenly, a dress catches your eye.
From what you see, this dress is gorgeous and stunning, and you can’t wait to try it on, but unfortunately, it isn’t a good fit for your body shape or size, but you buy it anyway.
If a dress doesn’t fit you, then you have absolutely no reason to buy and keep it in your closet. This isn’t going to help in upgrading your wardrobe, because if a dress doesn’t fit you, it can’t flatter your figure and bring out your best look.
Seriously, it’s a total waste of money.
4. Never buy or keep clothes that don’t fit you
This is a little similar to keeping clothes that don’t flatter your figure, but is a little more familiar, and many of us are guilty here.
It may be one of your favorite dresses that doesn’t fit you anymore, but somehow, you can seem to let it go because, well, you like it a little too much — or buying a dress that’s a size smaller than you are with hopes of losing weight and finally able to wear it.
However, if you truly want to upgrade your wardrobe, you first have to put our closet in order, and keeping items that you can’t wear will do nothing to help you achieve that.
If you have such items, you can sell them off or even swap them with some of your friends that can wear them.
It’s our pleasure always to bring you tips for staying fashionable and in style. And as we gradually but steadily move towards a new, you’ll need an upgrade both for your wardrobe and other aspects of your life.
A good wardrobe will ultimately affect other parts of your life, your looks, and how others will perceive you. With the above tips, you can upgrade your wardrobe for the new year and keep you staying in style from season to season and trend to trend.