After watching the latest runway shows or perusing fashion blogs, you may be ready to grab your purse and hit the stores. But wait—your pocketbook is nearly empty. If money is tight, it’s still possible to nail this season’s most fashion-forward looks. Use a few key strategies to revamp your wardrobe without spending much money.
Incorporate This Season’s On-Trend Colors
A great way to stay on top of trends without spending a lot of dough is to take note of Pantone’s Spring 2013 Color Report. Among this year’s hottest colors are African Violet, Nectarine, Tender Shoots, Dusk Blue, Lemon Zest, and Poppy Red. Finding a basic tee in an on-trend color can instantly up an outfit’s style factor. Or, look for a great piece in Pantone’s Color of the Year: Emerald.
Layer Your Clothes
In many cases, it’s possible to up your wardrobe’s wow factor without leaving home. Simply layer your clothes in new, fresh ways. When planning outfits, pull out several of your favorite pieces to find great new ways to mix and match. Perhaps you can wear sweater tights under your favorite shorts, or add a blazer over a sheath dress. Wrapping a colorful scarf around your neck and adding a cool jacket is another great way to freshen up your wardrobe.
When considering a layered look, adding a belt is a great way to pull it all together. For example, wrap a thin metallic belt around a bold colored tee with flowing neutral colored cardigan. Or add a cute belt to your favorite dress to make a new style statement.
Jazz up Your Accessories
Revamping your wardrobe doesn’t have to be pricey; look for reasonably priced accessories to complement your go-to looks. For example, find a cute, trendy charm bracelet that works with several outfits. Or get a set of gold bangles to stack on your wrist for a fun, flirty look. Statement necklaces are also a fabulous way to transform any outfit. Look for a bold necklace in Nectarine or African Violet to accompany your favorite ensemble.
Another great option is to channel this year’s retro vibe with cute headwraps. A simple metallic headband goes well with nearly any look, while a colorful version can add a splash of whimsy to an otherwise basic outfit.
Find a Great Pair of Shoes
When considering fresh wardrobe choices, don’t forget about your feet. Investing in a great new pair of shoes is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to stay on-trend. This year, find a cool ballet flat in Emerald green; these shoes would go great with your favorite skinny jeans or a fun dress. Alternatively, look for striped or animal print shoes, which are on-trend colors for this season. If you’re feeling a rock ‘n roll vibe, find a great pair of black booties with metallic studs for some serious style appeal.
When the urge to shop hits you, remember that great fashion doesn’t have to break the bank. Incorporate fun, affordable new elements into your existing wardrobe to look fashion-forward this spring.