How to Make Over Your Wardrobe Without Spending a Ton

Good news: Making over your wardrobe doesn't have to cost you too much. While it may sometimes feel like you need every trend every season, we promise that a closet redo can be surprisingly easy (and budget-friendly). When you're feeling tired of your wardrobe, the secret is not to start from scratch but to orchestrate a wardrobe makeover by finding new ways to tweak what you already own

Even as fashion editors, we've looked at our closets and felt uninspired and in need of a refresh. But through our own struggles, we've found some pretty handy solutions, which we've rounded up for you below. Some will help you shop smarter, while others are styling tricks you can pull of with pieces you've had for years. So the next time you're feeling defeated, don't worry—we've got your back.

Read on for 10 ways to stage a wardrobe makeover that won't cost you a fortune!

1. Use the 3-Word Rule

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One way to refocus on exactly what you want to wear is by taking a step back and defining your personal style. Use the three-word rule—thinking about your style in terms of three key words—and you'll have a better idea of what you actually want to be wearing.

2. Try Shopping With the 80/20 Plan

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When you're adding to your current wardrobe, you don't have to spend a ton to feel like you're upgrading. Follow the 80/20 wardrobe plan, and you'll be able to budget for the things you really want.

3. Reorganize Your Closet (and Life)

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It may seem dramatic to say that a single chart can change your life, but using a super-specific guide to organizing your clothing and accessories can help you see things in a whole new light.

4. Find Outfit Inspo Online

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Collage Vintage

For a $0 wardrobe upgrade, make a habit of following women you admire on Instagram. When you spot a look that catches your fancy, take a screenshot and save it for later. You'll be surprised to find new ways to wear old pieces.

5. Stop Impulse Shopping

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It's too easy to stuff your closet full of things you don't need, making it tough to actually find the good stuff. Curb that random "need" to shop so you can focus on the pieces you truly love.

6. Have a Fallback Outfit

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Inevitably, you'll wake up one morning feeling like you hate everything you own. This is when having a master list of easy looks on hand makes all the difference. Instead of thinking on it, you reference your guide and get moving.

7. Hunt Down a Great Tailor

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Stylish women know a tailor is their best-kept secret. No matter if your clothing is fast fashion or couture, having it fit your body can make or break the look.

8. Follow the 8-Hour Rule

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Deciding what to wear at 7 a.m. is no easy task, which is why all too often you throw on the same thing on your way out the door. Put the eight-hour rule in place and you'll find putting together new outfits refreshingly easy.

9. Find the Best Vintage Shopping

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One great way to build up your wardrobe on a budget is to master the art of vintage (and secondhand) shopping. The price tag is much more digestible, and you have the chance to find one-of-a-kind pieces you can make all your own.

10. Make Tiny Tweaks

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Sometimes it's the smallest changes that make all the difference. Swap in dainty jewelry, or try a monochromatic look to mix things up.

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Still on the hunt for more inspiring ideas? Here are 10 interesting outfits to try!

This post was updated by Aemilia Madden.