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How to Refresh Your Summer Wardrobe

July 11, 2016

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Looking to spruce up your summer wardrobe? Here are some tips to refresh your summer wardrobe!Do you get the “itch” to refresh your summer wardrobe? Inevitably, I get the shopping bug every summer.

As much as I try to limit my shopping now, I know I’m never going to be one that’s able to successfully complete year-long (or longer) shopping bans. These types of all-or-nothing situations are not good for me. Whenever I try to deny myself of something completely, I end up in a binge and then I’m right back where I started again.

This has been proven by my two attempts at shopping bans, and whenever I try to cut out certain foods in my diet. I’m just not an all-or-nothing person.

Instead, I’ve found that with shopping and with food, it’s best if I allow myself to have the “bad” things in moderation.

That said, I’ve been having intense shopping “cravings” lately and I know it’s because I’ve been pretty darn good about not doing much shopping this year. I have gotten a few things, like some jeans that fit and a couple of shirts for my work from home wardrobe, but I’ve limited my shopping.

When I decided to spruce up my summer wardrobe with a few new pieces of clothing this year, I knew I needed to be careful about how much I spent and how many items I bought.

Nominate me for the Plutus Awards
In the past, I’ve  been guilty of both spending too much money and having way too many articles of clothing. So instead, I decide to allow myself to spend a little bit more money per item but have fewer items in my summer wardrobe, and I still tried not to pay “sticker price” for my clothes.

If your summer wardrobe needs a bit of refreshing, here are some ways you can do so without going overboard on spending or bringing too many items into your home.

Define Your Style

I used to think that the best wardrobe was one that had every color under the rainbow and many different tastes and styles too. Now I know that creating a wardrobe that “has it all” means it has to be HUGE. Plus, when I had a wardrobe like this, I found myself always gravitating toward a few colors and one or two styles most of the time anyway.

Working from home has actually helped me define myself. I know what basic colors I like to wear and what types of clothes I like (comfy but not frumpy). This means I was able to get rid of and avoid buying and replacing all the other colors and styles of clothing. Of course I still have to have a bit of variety in my wardrobe for special events (hello FinCon!), but I was able to drastically limit these types of clothes and stick to the very basics to get me by for these special events.

Shop for High Quality Used Clothing

My latest polka dot box from ThredUp!
My latest polka dot box from ThredUp!

One of my new favorite tips for refreshing your summer wardrobe is shopping for high quality, but lightly used clothing. I do this mainly with ThredUp.

I’ve gotten a few items to help me refresh my summer wardrobe from ThredUp. ThredUp is awesome because all of their stuff is guaranteed to be in good condition, unlike when you buy from a seller on Ebay or Craigslist or some other secondhand website. They also offer free returns for store credit, which I take advantage of if something I order doesn’t fit quite right on my body or with my wardrobe after it gets here.

The reason I say high quality is because you know it’ll last longer and end up costing you less than stocking up on 100 shirts from Target. But if you shop used from ThredUp, you can get a good deal on those high quality, name brand and designer clothes too.

Mix and Match

Another great way to refresh your summer wardrobe is to come up with new ways to mix and match your clothes. Once my new things came from ThredUp, I started mixing and matching them with things I already owned to see if I could come up with some new favorite outfits.

I use this test to make sure anything I buy from ThredUp, or anywhere else, gets to stay in my closet. I return them if I can’t come up with 4 or 5 different outfits with them. This helps me make sure I don’t end up with a bunch of “one hit wonders” that can only be worn one way. Outfits like that get old in a hurry.

Giving your summer wardrobe a refresh doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. Even adding or replacing one or two items in your wardrobe can help you create a bunch of new outfits. You might even fall in love with your old “standbys” again too. Plus when you use my link for ThredUp, you can save $10 off your first order of $10 or more!

How do you refresh your summer wardrobe?

Looking to spruce up your summer wardrobe? Here are some tips to refresh your summer wardrobe!
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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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