While I am the biggest proponent of buying clothes for sheer happiness and have trouble resisting a good sale on basics, I find that I have less disposable income lately to spend on buying new clothes. Part of this is due to exciting life things (a great vacation, being maid of honor in my best friend’s wedding), part is due to the not-so-fun incidentals of life (TMJ treatment not covered by insurance, a fender bender), and part is just my mentality and desire to save.
Regardless, I will not be buying very many new clothes this year for school, if any at all. Instead, I will be attempting to more purposefully repurpose the many things in my closet. With some determination and thought, I’m sure that you can do the same and have a just-like-new wardrobe without much effort!
Here are my three outfits for inspiration, and some insight into their planning:
First up is an outfit I didn’t know I would love as much as I did until I put it on. The pineapple tank top is actually a crop top that I bought a few summers back on a whim. Paired with a trusty cardigan from H&M and some flats I’ve had since college, the coloring was a no-brainer. Finally, the skirt in this ensemble is from Goodwill. Sometimes, when I find I can’t afford a true shopping spree, I’ll let myself venture into a secondhand store and weed through just to get the rush of shopping. This skirt was my only find on a day this past winter when I was feeling down and only cost me a cool $2. It’s a heavy linen fabric like a couch and seems to be always be complimented when I wear it.
This second outfit features a skirt I’ve highlighted in my column here before - it’s one of most versatile things I own despite its bright color. I bought it on sale from ModCloth last fall and while this particular color is no longer available, several others are. I’m always finding new ways to pair it and this flannel was no exception. Since childhood, I had an adverse reaction to blue and gold/yellow together because of a firmly held bias against the University of Michigan. While I’m still a proud Michigan State alumna through and through (GO GREEN!), I can appreciate this color combination now. This navy checkered flannel is from Old Navy and has a looser fit, which I love. I actually own this same shirt in two other colors - red and tan.
Finally, my one exception to the rule when it came to buying new clothes this summer, this Amelia dress from LuLaRoe. I’m normally pretty adverse to direct sales and have had a lot of awkward interactions on Facebook lately (if I haven’t talked to you since high school/college, why are you suddenly messaging me directly to “catch up” under the ruse of skin products?), but LuLaRoe has been the needle in the haystack. The dresses in particular cost a little more than I would normally pay in-store for a similar item, but the quality of the few things I have bought in the past year have held up and the comfort level is huge.