Getting a new wardrobe on a budget

Seasonal trends and a change in the weather means only one thing; it's time to update your wardrobe. Getting a whole new wardrobe doesn't have to be as expensive as it sounds, fashion on a budget is easy if you follow GetPaidTo's shopping tips.

1. Clean out your closet

Before you start shopping, have a good clear out of your wardrobe. Clear out the clothes you no longer wear and sell them on. This allows you to make some extra money to spend on new clothes as well as give you a better idea of what you need to buy. Once you have had a good sort through of your clothing, figure out what staple items you have, then you will have a good idea of what other items you will need to buy to accompany them.

2. Clothes swapping parties

If you have a few friends all of a similar size, it’s a good idea to hold a clothes swapping party. Recycle the things you no longer wear as well as pick up some new items of clothing for free.

3. Shop for versatile staples

Having a few basic staples gives you a number of different outfits for both work and home. If you buy versatile items, you can dress up something quite casual and make it into ideal work wear.

Fashion staples for women include:

  • Black dress
  • Pencil skirt
  • Smart trousers
  • Blazer
  • Tunic jumper
  • Nude or black pumps
  • Light weight jacket/coat

Fashion staples for men include:

  • White buttoned shirt
  • Checked shirt
  • Light coloured chinos
  • Versatile blazer
  • Deck shoes
  • Plain t-shirts
  • Straight leg Jeans

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4. Choose the right colours

Keep your wardrobe staples to a couple of your best colours. This makes it easy to mix and match clothing and accessories to maximise the amount of outfits you can make with just a few items.

5. Don’t always buy the cheapest option

Buying the cheapest option doesn’t always work out the best value for money. It is worth spending more money on items such as boots and coats. You are likely to wear these items on a regular basis so spending more money for better quality will mean you get greater wear out of them.

6. Shop in the sale


Shop for bargains in the sales, but don’t just buy it because it’s on sale. Shop around in different stores and compare prices, you may get a better deal elsewhere. You don’t have to buy your wardrobe all in one go, you may find it easier on your budget to fill your wardrobe gradually.

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7. Buy other peoples unwanted items

Search eBay for essential items, you can often grab some great bargains either brand new or used that other people no longer want. There are also many local Facebook selling pages where users sell unwanted items. A lot of clothes get sold on these sites but you will have to be quick as it’s normally the first person to comment that gets first refusal. Many sellers also allow buyers to make a near offer so when they do, always offer lower than the asking price.

8. Buy timeless pieces

gray jacket

Buy items of clothing that you will still want to wear in a few years’ time. Stay away from styles and trends they might go out of fashion to avoid buying garments that are likely to be put away and hardly worn.

9. Check Freecycle pages

You may be able to get free clothes that people are giving away on freecycle pages. Most areas have a local page so you might be able to get some freebies all for the price of simply picking up the items yourself.

10. Earn cashback on your purchases

Shop for your wardrobe through GetPaidTo and earn cashback on all of your purchases. Not only do we offer great merchant discounts and offers to save you money, but you can trade in your points for a cashback boost of up to 100% meaning you can get items for free.

How to spot a fake designer

If you want to buy a designer garment, don’t be fooled into buying a fake. Follow these tips to help spot a designer fake.

  • Check the material - The feel of the material is a big giveaway, fakes often use cheaper material so don’t feel as expensive to touch.
  • Check the stitching - Look closely at sewn on labels and the stitching. Designer items will have finer stitching which is harder to see.
  • Check the buttons - Make sure all of the buttons match and if the designer brand is engraved on the buttons.
  • Check for spelling mistakes - Make sure all of the branding is spelt correctly and that the brand logo is correct.

Colour co-ordinating your wardrobe

If you are unsure of what colours work well with each other, use this helpful colour wheel to match colours and colour co-ordinate your outfits.

color wheel

The colour combinations that work:

  • Colours directly next to each other.
  • Colours that form a 90 degree angle.
  • Colours directly across from each other.
  • Colours that form an X.
  • Colours that form a T.

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