How to Build a Fall/Winter Wardrobe on a Budget

Winter Wardrobe

If you are still clinging on to summer dresses and strappy tops, it might be time to admit defeat. The weather is starting to turn, the signs of fall are all around us, and if you keep wearing those summer sandals for much longer, you could lose a toe. Getting your winter wardrobe ready might feel like a defeat; however, you should see it as embracing the magic of wintertime, getting prepared for the holidays, and keeping yourself cozy, warm, and, most importantly, healthy. 

If money is tight or you are just looking to conserve funds at such an uncertain time, the idea of buying costly winter outfits might not appeal. Don’t worry. There are plenty of things that you can do to build a fall/winter wardrobe on a budget. Let’s take a look at some of them. 

Write a List of What You Need

Firstly, don’t just go out and spend wildly. Take the time to look through your wardrobe, writing a list of the things that you need. Stick to your list as much as you can, and you reduce the risk of overspending. 

Don’t Confine Your Summer Wardrobe to Storage

If you want to add some excitement to your winter wardrobe, don’t assume that this means you need something new. Layer up those summer dresses, wearing them over long-sleeve tees and thick tights, or under a chunky jumper. This is a great way to add splashes of color and have some fun with those plain winter staples. 

Never Buy Full Price

Nowadays, there’s never a real need to shop full price. By waiting and taking the time to look around, you can save a fortune. Look for a kohls coupon, wait for sales and special offers, and shop around for the best deal. 

Avoid Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is cheap. Your initial outgoings might be small, but if you fill your wardrobe with cheap, low-quality items, you’ll always be replacing worn-out items and spending more money. Instead, focus on saving money on high-quality goods that last for longer and keep you warmer. It’s especially worth spending a little more on things like a waterproof coat and boots. 

Shop Second Hand

High-quality clothes and shoes, if well cared for, can last for a long time. This often means that even second hand, they are a worthwhile investment. Look at online auction sites and marketplaces as well as in charity stores on the Highstreet. 


Buying plainer staple pieces is a great way to create a capsule wardrobe. If you want to add a touch of glamour to these plain items, or give new life to an older piece, accessorize it. Add a scarf to a tired old jacket. Pin a broach onto a well-worn shirt and make a statement with a large pendant. 

Learn to Sew

Ask yourself if you really need to replace clothes that are a little tired and dated. Could you repair holes? Add patches? Could you create a new look by sewing two old items together to make one unique top? Learn to sew, and you’ve suddenly got options that aren’t “buy a replacement.”

Clothing can be costly, especially thick, warm winter clothes, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Shop around and get into good habits, and you can update your wardrobe without going over budget. 

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