Look stylish for winter without spending any money

Hi friends. It’s been a while! I do hope this post finds you well. I am still falling miserably at my efforts to remain consistent with posting on here *sob* but you know what they say if at first you don’t succeed. Try and try again.

Can you believe we only have two months left until the end of the year? I don’t know about you but as much as i hate the cold, winter is by far my favourite season to dress for. There are just so many textures to play with; faux fur, velvet, leather… coupled with my slightly unhealthy obsession with coats, i am literally in heaven.

I must admit that i have been feeling sorry for myself as i don’t currently have much of a budget to buy new clothes due to my recent pay slash. You can read more about this here. I am trying to put on my big girl panties though and think about how I can still look stylish and on trend for the season without spending a tonne of money. The truth is i have a lot of items in my wardrobe and it’s time i use them a bit more! So without further a do here are my tried and tested tips for maximising your wardrobe, saving money and still looking fly!

1. Get rid of what you don’t need!

I know this sounds like a contradiction but stay with me!With the new season fully upon us, there is no better time to detox your wardrobe. Set aside just one hour to go through every single item in your wardrobe and ask yourself the following:

  • Do i still wear this? If you haven’t worn the item in the last 3 month’s. Seriously get rid!
  • Does this still fit? I am as guilty as anyone of shopping for my future body but the truth is the time to look and feel good is now! So if it doesn’t fit get rid!
  • Is this appropriate for this season? Once we move into autumn, it’s a good idea to make room by storing your summer wardrobe away. I usually put mine in a suitcase in the loft. Freeing up this space is crucial in enabling you to see what you’re working with

2. Play dress up!

Now that you have a clutter free wardrobe filled only with items which fit and flatter your lovely figure, spend some time playing dress up. I’m not gona lie i did this last Saturday night whilst listening to Spice girls’ first album. ( dont judge me). Try mixing and matching things you wouldn’t necessarily think of mixing together. You’ll be surprised at the new and fun outfits you can create from items which are already in your wardrobe! If you need some help there’s so much inspiration out there. Use apps such as Pinterest to get your creative juices going. I stumbled across the idea to pair a blazer i’ve had for years with a poloneck and jeans on whowhatwear.uk and loved the end result. I wore the look to Stylist Live. Check it out below:

3. Plan your outfits

I must confess this is quite a new thing for me. I used to just wander to the wardrobe in the morning and pick out something to wear This narrows down my selection quite a lot because some things need ironing and no one has time for that in the morning. This week however I planned all my outfits and ironed items which needed it in advance. This allowed me to access items from my own wardrobe which I don’t ordinarily wear and create brand new fun outfits. I almost feel like I’ve been shopping for new stuff (almost).

4. Invest wisely

Finally if you do have a budget for new purchases (you lucky thing you!) Invest your money wisely! I can’t tell you how much my attitude has changed in this respect. Avoid spending your money on outfits for single events which will probably be worn once and end up in the back of your wardrobe collecting dust. Invest in timeless good quality basics which can be remixed again and again or fun accessories such as a mini bag, an over-sized scarf or statement hat which will really set your outfit on fire.

Hopefully you find these tips useful. Do let me know what you think and if you would like some help (it can be a daunting process)you can book me

Shop your wardrobe, look stylish for less

for a wardrobe detox by dropping me a line at cmalamode@gmail.com.

Untill next time my lovelies


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