How to Update Your Wardrobe on a Budget?

Curating your dream wardrobe doesn’t have to cost your entire salary; instead, there are steps you can take to ensure that you always look stylish without depleting your savings. 

From creating your wardrobe wishlist to purchasing luxury accessories from a women’s designer outlet online, read on to learn how you can update your wardrobe on a budget.

1. Organize your current closet

Before you start spending any money on new items for your wardrobe, you first want to go through and try on everything that you own to see what still works for you and what doesn’t.

In most cases, you don’t need to do a complete overhaul of your wardrobe to update it; you just need to know what you have and what specific pieces will help to increase your overall outfit options.

Removing clothes you no longer wear from your closet not only doesn’t cost you any money, but it also improves your wardrobe as you won’t be distracted by items you don’t wear, and you can easily find where your wardrobe has gaps.

While it may be nerve-wracking to clear out your closet, there is no point in filling your wardrobe with clothes that don’t fit or that you never wear.

While you are going through your current wardrobe, divide your items into piles to keep, sell, and donate. You may also have a pile for things that need repairing, which can then bring them back to life.

2. Compose a wardrobe wishlist

In order to stay within your budget while shopping, it is essential that you not only know how much you can spend but also what your main priorities are when it comes time to make a purchase.

By creating a wardrobe wishlist, you will be less likely to buy clothing on a whim and instead can ensure that every item you buy is helping you curate your ideal wardrobe.

After you have gone over everything in your current closet, you will probably have a good idea of what items are missing, so make a list of all the things in your ideal wardrobe that you don’t currently own. Next, prioritize the items by considering how much you will wear each piece, how many outfits you can create with them, and what you are most in need of to get full use of your wardrobe.

At this point, you may also want to spend some time defining your style, creating a colour palette, and aligning your wardrobe with your lifestyle.

Once you have a clear idea of your wishlist, make sure you reference it before you make any purchase. This practice will help you stop any impulse purchases so you can put your wardrobe budget towards items you love and will wear for years to come. 

3. Attend a clothing swap

Attending a clothing swap is one of the best ways to update your wardrobe with new-to-you pieces without spending much (if any) money. At a clothing swap, attendees get together and bring clothing and accessory items that no longer suit their personal wardrobe, in order to trade with other attendees.

Some clothing swaps have specific rules about what attendees can bring, while others are a free-for-all. Whatever the case, attending (or hosting) a clothing swap is a fantastic way to find new homes for some of your items, while also finding some additional things for yourself. It also is an excellent excuse to get all of your friends together and have some fun trying on clothes!

4. Browse outlet brands online

There are some items that you will want to buy as brand new. But how do you do that while staying within your budget? One of the best ways is to shop at outlet brands online where you can find high-quality items that won’t break the bank.

For example, purchasing luxury accessories at full-price is a surefire way to spend your entire clothing budget in one go. Still, you also want these items to be high quality and long lasting as they will enhance your overall wardrobe.


Luckily, you can find luxury watches, designer shoes, and high-quality sunglasses on websites that specialize in selling women’s designer clothes at outlet prices.

In many cases, buying brand name products online can save you up to 90 percent of the retail price, making it easier to bring a designer touch to your wardrobe.

Whether you are looking for a designer handbag to take to the office each day, an alluring scent for the new season or a pair of well-made shoes that can keep up with your busy lifestyle, shopping at outlet brands online is the way to go.

5. Prioritize quality over quantity

No matter what your clothing budget is or where you purchase new items from, you always want to prioritize quality over quantity. While purchasing better quality items does require more time and patience than simply buying the first thing that you see, it also means that you are paying more attention to your purchases.

By spending a little more money on high-quality items, you can be assured that they will last a lot longer than cheaply made alternatives. You are also more likely to take care of those pieces once they are in your wardrobe. This helps extend the lifespan of each item and reduces the frequency with which you have to buy things.

Prioritizing quality over quantity is not only good for your wallet, but it is also the most sustainable way to shop as you will be buying less and ensuring that what you have lasts for years to come.

So, start clearing out your closet, creating your wishlist, swapping clothes with your friends, and then purchasing your branded pieces for low prices from a designer outlet store. Before you know it, you will have your dream wardrobe without having to overspend your budget.

What strategies do you use to update your wardrobe on a budget? How do you make sure that you are purchasing items that you will wear again and again? What is on your wardrobe wishlist for the upcoming season?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!