Fashion

Freshen up your wardrobe without blowing the bank

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How many times have you uttered the phrase: “But I haven't got anything to wear!”? Probably more times than you ever should have when you take a look at, what's likely to be, a wardrobe bursting at the seams.

The problem is, when fashions change as quickly as they do, it's easy to get bored of wearing the same wardrobe staples day after day and end up forking out for a new dress on pay day.

However, if you're like the majority of young women out there, your bank account may not be quite as full as your wardrobe. So, how do you keep your wardrobe up-to-date without splashing too much cash?

Bring something back

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It's important to remember that fashions come back round again. Look at flared jeans; your mum may have been sporting them in the 70s, but Rosie Huntington-Whitley and Jessica Alba have brought them back and they look great.

Ask your mum if you can rummage in her wardrobe, you never know what she may have held onto from her youth that would look great now.

Be charitable

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Charity shops are a brilliant place to unearth some hidden treasures. You may have to do a lot of digging and possibly even visit a few different shops, but you'd be surprised by the things some people give away.

It's always worth visiting a charity shop in a well-to-do area, who can forget the day the Beckhams donated 20 boxes of clothing to the British Red Cross shop in Chelsea? Just imagine picking up a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes while giving to charity – brilliant!

Swap shop

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So, for all the times you've declared you have nothing to wear, your mates have probably all said the same thing, even though you're always complimenting each other's outfits.

You might think their clothing selection is better than yours but they probably think the same about you, making it the perfect time to hold a clothes swapping party. Scour your wardrobes for items that still look good and are in good condition, bag them up and book a date in the calendar.

What could be better than a girly night in? Bring along some nibbles and a couple of drinks and get swapping, you could go home with a brand new outfit.

Upcycle

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Ever fancied yourself as the next Vivienne Westwood or Stella McCartney? If so, you could turn your tired-looking clothes into fashionable-looking threads in no time.

Upcycling is a great way of making the most of what you already have, without having to spend lots of money. In addition to being great for your bank balance, it's also brilliant for the environment as it means less waste.

When it comes to upcycling you can be as adventurous (or non-adventurous) as you like. If you want to dig out the sewing machine and turn your old wide-leg jeans into skinnies you can, but if you want to keep things simple you could just transform an old T-shirt into a vest with a steady hand and some scissors.

Save the Student and Saved by Love Creations give some great tips on how to turn your old clothes into something amazing

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