4 Tips for Updating Your Wardrobe on a Budget

shutterstock_210499528Even for those who are no longer in school, fall signifies a fresh start, and for many women this means updating their wardrobes. Despite what you may think, you don’t need tons of money to refresh your wardrobe. With the following tips, you can give yourself a whole new look without breaking the bank.

  1. Assess your existing wardrobe – Before you do anything else, you want to take inventory of your existing wardrobe. Get rid of pieces that no longer fit and that are too worn to wear. Then, assess your closet for all the essentials, including the little black dress, white tee shirt, neutral colored blouse, classic blazer, pencil skirt, black dress pants, and a pair of skinny jeans or jeggings like the Genie Jeggings. For footwear and accessories, you’ll need a basic handbag, black or nude heels, casual flats and a pair of boots. With these essentials, you can mix and match the different pieces to create stylish outfits for any occasion.
  1. Set a budget, and stick to it – Once you’ve gone through your wardrobe, you can determine which items you need. Write down all of the items you need in order of their priority, and set a maximum amount of money you’d like to spend on them.
  1. Utilize end of season sales – At the end of each season, retailers offer great sales and discounts on their inventory to make room for the next season’s styles. Back to school is one of the biggest shopping seasons, and sales typically last from August through October. Once the back to school season has ended, it won’t be long before the Christmas shopping season, during which you can experience substantial savings. You can also utilize end of season sales to stock up on clearance items that you know you’ll need during the season that just passed.
  1. Consider the quality – While a lower-end brand will be cheaper, you should stick with brands that are known for their high quality products. Though choosing the cheaper item will save you more money in the short term, it could cost you more in the long run. If it’s of poor quality, you’ll have to replace it in the same season you bought it.

What other budget shopping tips can you think of?


4 Hot Denim Trends to Try This Fall

If you love denim, there are plenty of great ways to rock the look this fall. From denim dresses to denim patchwork to cuffed skinny jeans, here are some of the hottest denim trends of the season:

Denim Dresses

Denim dresses can be styled for any season, but they are particularly appropriate for fall. Depending on where you live, fall temperatures tend to fluctuate, and whether the weather is brisk and sunny or chilly and rainy, a denim dress is a great fashion option. Denim overall dresses and denim popover shirt dresses are really in this season, and they can be styled in a number of ways. Throw on a comfy sweater under your overall dress or pair your popover with a cute trench or leather jacket. Complete the look with opaque black tights and black booties.

Denim in the Workplace shutterstock_205855045

While denim is usually viewed as casual, it doesn’t need to be Casual Friday to sport denim at the office. For starters, you can style your denim popover shirt dress with a classic blazer and black pumps or flats for the ultimate office look. Another option is wearing a denim button up tucked into a pencil skirt.

Patchwork Denim

If you want a look that’s a little more edgy, patchwork denim is the perfect trend for you. Patchwork denim takes swatches from a variety of denim washes and stitches them onto your jean for a fun, unique look.

Cuffed Jeans

Are you someone who usually has to get their pants hemmed? Rather than getting them hemmed, fold them to create a cuff. A polished cuff looks great with flats, oxfords and heels and is perfect for boyfriend and bootcut jeans, as well as Genie Slim Jeggings – just look at the reviews!

Which hot denim trend are you most looking forward to showing off this fall?

3 Tips for Getting Your Closet Ready for Fall

shutterstock_112574567For many people, the end of Labor Day weekend signals the start of fall. While the official start of fall isn’t until September 23rd, it’s time to begin gearing up for the season. Along with preparing your home for the cooler months ahead, you’ll also want to prep your wardrobe. Consider these tips for preparing your wardrobe for fall.

  1. Go through your closet

Before you can shop for some new fall clothes, you want to take inventory on items you already have. If you don’t have enough space in your closet for your summer and fall/winter clothes, begin by moving your summer clothes into storage bins or a spare closet. Then go through your fall clothes and make sure everything still fits. Discard any pieces that are worn out, and donate clothing that doesn’t fit or you no longer wear. A good rule of thumb is if you didn’t wear it last year it’s probably safe to donate it.

  1. Organize your fall clothing

Next start moving your fall clothing into your closet using felt hangers. Felt hangers are great because they prevent your clothing from sliding off the hanger. You can group your items by type, style and color. For instance, organize your closets by jackets, blouses and dresses. If your closet has shelves, you can fold your jeans, sweaters and sweatshirts in a neat pile on the shelves. As for your shoes, keep them in the boxes and place a photo of the shoe on the box. Stack them neatly by color and style under your hanging clothes.

  1. Make a shopping list

Once you have your clothes organized, you can start thinking about what items you need to purchase. Before you begin shopping, set a budget and make a list of the key essentials you need so you stay on track. With the money you have left over, you can purchase accessories to go with your new pieces.

For example, if some of your skinny jeans from last year no longer fit, you’ll want to replace the old pairs. If this is the case for you, you may want to consider purchasing slim jeggings, which are more comfortable than traditional jeans but have the same classic look. View a slim jeggings review to see their benefits.

By following these three simple tips, you’ll be able to organize and update your fall wardrobe and look fabulous all season long.