The other day I had a conversation with a friend. We talked about clothing and how we skimp in that area, because money is an issue. We tend to wear the same things over and over again. No big deal, but sometimes it gets old. I’m sure you can identify.
Mix & Match Outfits
We’ve been talking about money all month and helping you live for less in the 31 Day series of Cheap Tricks, so today I thought we could explore another way to save money on your wardrobe. Sure you can buy clothes out of season and wait for sales and coupons, but perhaps you can use what’s already in your closet.
You’ve probably seen bloggers remix their clothes. They’ll begin with 5 or 7 or 10 pieces and make a bunch of different outfits from the basics. I’m not great at remixing, but I can mix & match outfits and wear the same clothes in different ways.
This week I wore the owl sweater my daughter gave me last year for Christmas with a pair of flowered pants. Now, you may not think printed pants are a good use of money, but I paid $8 for these pants in Kohl’s and I I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of them.
Here are a few ways I’ve worn them in different seasons.
Now let’s take the owl sweater and mix & match.
You can get a lot of wear out of printed clothes, maybe more than you think at first glance.
Let’s take the black and white striped skirt in the second photo above (it’s a dress) and mix & match.
You don’t need a lot of clothes to build a wardrobe. You just need a few well-thought outfits.
See that mustard colored cardigan in the photo above (fourth dress photo)?
Let’s mix & match.
Mix & Match Outfit Challenge
If you think you have nothing to wear, take one item from your closet and mix & match. Some outfits won’t work, but others definitely will. You may even surprise yourself and find something new to wear!
Here’s another mix & match outfit using a maxi skirt.
If you’re looking for one item to add to your closet, buy a chambray shirt. The one I keep wearing in nearly all the photos above is a hand-me-down (another reason to cheerfully accept hand-me-downs), but it will be worth the $20-$30 dollars you’ll spend.
Use these 10 Rules for Thrift Store Shopping in order to save money while adding fun pieces to your closet
If you have a maxi dress hanging in your closet from this past summer, pull it out, layer it up and use it all year-long.
- Add long-sleeved t-shirt underneath
- Wrap a scarf around your neck
- Wear boots
- Layer a shirt and/or sweater over the dress
Do you feel like you have too few clothes? Will you take the mix & match challenge?
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