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From charity shopping to clothes swapping, here are nine money-saving ways you can refresh your wardrobe this season.
We've found a way to get a brand new wardrobe without spending a penny – plus it involves all your friends and a glass of vino. Too good to be true? It's not. Let us introduce you to the clothes swap party. Get a bunch of pals together, bring a bag of unwanted wears and take a rummage through each others dresses, shoes and co., switching as you go. Before you know it, you've given your unloved clothes a new home and made space for the sparkling new pieces you've swapped them for. Genius, right?
Never underestimate the importance of an accessory. From killer courts to bejewelled bracelets, one adornment can change an entire outfit. There are hundreds of bargain buys in the fashion sphere to snap up for less than the cost of your lunch. Got a classic LBD? Shake it up with some pastel heels and a matching clutch. Love wearing your simple tee but want to give it an easy update? Rock a statement necklace to add glamour. Who would have thought getting fashion savvy would be so effortless...
Buy less, wear more. Yes, it is possible with one attitude change – shop smart. To create a capsule wardrobe, all you need to do is invest in a few good quality staples – we're talking one amazing pair of jeans, a classic coat, a crisp white shirt and a statement skirt – which you can then mix and match with the cheaper pieces you already have. Not only will your splurges last a lot longer, but they'll do a wonder of a job making your bargain buys in the future look 100 x more expensive.
For some they're a treasure trove, for others, a room full of tat but here are Heart we L.O.V.E. charity shops! They're a haven of retro goodies and vintage pieces that would cost a fortune on the high street. All you need is a beady eye for a bargain, some patience and a pot full of change. From glitzy designer buys at a fraction of the retail price to seriously cool accessories with a story behind them, we suggest you trot down to your nearest charity shop this weekend for a super-cheap spend.
Remember that satin slip dress you used to wear in the 90s? Or those high-waisted mum jeans from your teen years? Thanks to the beauty of fashion coming back around, retro styles are having a moment which probably means you've already got a totally on-trend wardrobe ready and waiting. It's worth flicking through some magazines to see what's hot right now, then popping up the loft to see what gems you can revive. Who knows what you might find…
You don't have to be a dab hand with a sewing machine to jump on the customising bandwagon. It can be as easy as stitching on a couple of statement buttons or slashing some fabric. Take the distressed denim trend. Can't afford a fresh new pair of hero jeans? Just dig out some old ones, snip some holes in the knees and rip the material apart. In the space of 5 minutes you've hopped on one of this season's fashion crazes without splashing ANY cash! Don't be afraid to play designer for the day...
Car boot sales are pretty much the holy grail of money-saving style. Sure, all the pieces are pre-loved, but that doesn't mean you can't find yourself a fabulous fashion find for less. With thousands of people discarding their high street, designer and vintage togs from the back of their boots every Sunday, they'll be no end of clothes to choose from – and you can bet they'll knock you back no less than a tenner. Scrap your weekend plans and find the nearest second hand street event, pronto!
Before you buy ANYTHING online, it's always worth doing a quick round robin of the discount sites to see if there are any money-saving codes that can knock down the cost of your shop. You'll usually find high street stores have 10% off floating around, free delivery services or ways to bag that beloved cash-back. It takes minutes and can shave pounds off your order so no excuse, ladies!
Fashion marketplaces such as eBay, Asos and Preloved are great sites to sign up to if you want to buy and sell clothes online. It's easy to get registered, start earning money and save on your new season staples by bagging clothes for less (as long as you don't mind bidding!) Why not create a little clothes fund? All the money you receive for the things you sell, spend on something new. Not only will this keep your habit in check but you'll actually have the space to store your latest bargains.