Do you have a closet full of perfectly attractive clothes, shoes, and bags that you haven’t touched in months? Do they seem to be looking at you asking, “Why did you even buy me?” as you reach for the same kurti you wore yesterday and the day before? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for you to revamp that wardrobe and up your fashion game.
But what do you do when everything around you becomes expensive? Being fashionable while maintaining your finances may seem like a challenge, but it really isn’t.
To spruce up your wardrobe without buying anything “new” is a struggle for most of us, if not all of us. Most of us have enough. And yet, we crave something new. But that doesn’t take away from the desire for new acquisitions. Retail therapy is real and need not induce guilt. From upcycling to rental, clothing swaps and resale, the circular economy is booming. We have ! are here to help you recycle, reduce and reuse your way to an updated wardrobe…
Detox that wardrobe
Before you add new pieces to your wardrobe, it’s time to say goodbye to some of your favorite or never-worn items. Take the time to go through your closet and see what you can part with.
Leaving with clothes that are no longer your style makes more room in your wardrobe and creates a fresh start for your new aesthetic. Plus, you might even be able to take your gently used clothes to a consignment store or sell them online to get extra funds to buy new items.
Be creative with what you already have
After cleaning out your closet, you may have pieces that you don’t want to part with or that can be used for other purposes. When you want to revamp your wardrobe on a budget, reinventing some of your existing clothes is a great way to save money.
Be inspired by fashionable items and see how you can breathe new life into what you already own. For example, to own a pair of distressed jeans, you don’t need to buy a completely new one. Just grab a pair of scissors and those old jeans you pushed back to the back of your closet and voila! New jeans to follow the trend.
Upgrade with base parts
When it comes to having a minimal closet, having a few basic pieces is essential. This helps you avoid hoarding and overspending on unnecessary things. Your staples include; have a good pair of jeans that you are equally comfortable in, have at least 1 stylish white pair of pants that you can pair with multiple kurtis, a matching outfit separates in a solid color, and the star of the show has at least one timeless white kurti that never goes out of style. It can be used with dupattas of different colors, different trouser cuts and countless types of jewelry. When it comes to buying clothes on a budget, choose pieces you’ll wear a lot to get the most bang for your buck. You will wear your key pieces more if you have basics to associate with them.
Fall for the neutrals
When you start digging through your vast collection, try to separate all the neutral items you have in your wardrobe and put them in one place – trust us, they’ll help you when it comes to styling an outfit. a new way. These are the “base” colors of your look, and they’re perfect for adding some pizzazz to an all-black outfit. You can always add a pop of color to the look to make it more chic like that pair of fuchsia pink heels you bought and barely used.
Accessories save the wardrobe
This is where your creativity comes into its own. Accessories are your best friends when it comes to repeating an outfit. You can style your outfits in a million ways with the right accessories. For example, a good pair of heels can instantly elevate any outfit and if you buy them in a neutral tone like a nude, they go with just about any outfit. Pick out the necklaces and earrings you never like and make them work by stacking and layering them with pieces you already love. and when you have a certain budget in mind, it’s safer to shop for something lasting rather than a passing trend. Try to get bags and shoes that add style to your wardrobe, and they will always look updated.
Rent, don’t buy!
Outfit rentals have become the norm around the world. Although this is a fairly new concept in Pakistan, it is a concept that needs to be adapted quickly. It’s a simple solution and you can easily rent new clothes at an economical price. Rental offers affordable, no-commitment variety that also contributes to sustainability. Now, when you have to attend a sudden wedding and you have nothing to wear, you can simply choose a dress you like and rent it for less than a quarter of the price. There are many places offering such services in Pakistan like ‘Closetor.com’, ‘Closet – dresses for rent’, ‘Rent it’, and many more readily available online.
Thrift stores are your new best friend
A great way to save money on clothes is to take advantage of thrift stores. Thrift stores sell used but good quality clothes and part of the income is donated to charity. This way you can buy good quality clothes and also give back to society. You can visit the famous Sunday Bazaar or if you need some truly amazing Western plays, Karachi Playhouse, Gulf, is a place you should definitely explore. These places don’t necessarily only have pre-loved clothes, but you can also find brand-new items that ended up here due to export rejections or have a slight defect. Nonetheless, it’s a durable option for those who aren’t trying to put a dent in their wallet just to look good.
We all love to shop. Shopping is great because it releases dopamine and makes us feel good. It gives the impression of being in control, on top of things and escaping reality. We use detail therapy to forget our short-term problems. Saving money on clothing purchases is especially easy during sales. Often, online flash sales offer you deep discounts on clothes that are usually very expensive. Other than that, there are few apps that offer you the option to purchase clothes in installments like on “Qistpay”. Conscious shopping can save you a lot of regrets and is the best way to save.
If you’re looking for ways to enhance your everyday look and add a touch of uniqueness to it, a little desi fusion may be all you need to make a style statement. Whether it’s the tried-and-true pairing of colorful baggy shalwars and basic tees, adding a koti over your everyday denim and t-shirt outfit, or simply wearing chooriyaan and black metal jewelry with a dress, there are a thousand and one ways to incorporate a desi touch into western outfits or vice versa.