Moms spend so much time running around doing errands, working, making food and doing all the things for our families that we often forget about ourselves. Self care and time to ourselves are very important. But, there are other ways we can give ourselves some TLC without having to get a babysitter or spend a ton of money. One thing that tends to fall by the wayside after having children is our wardrobes. Between the necessary gaining and losing of weight involved in pregnancy, trying to keep up with styles but falling short since moms are so busy and just feeling like it’s time for a change, moms need some new duds sometimes too. Here are some easy tips to spruce up your wardrobe on a budget:
Shop in the Kids Section
One of the best things I ever heard was the notion that even though we are adults now, we can still shop in the kids section. The best part about this? Most children’s clothing items cost way less! For example, a girls size 5.5 sneaker on Amazon retails for $47.00, while the woman’s equivalent goes for $53.96. It’s easy to figure out what size youth size shoe you would wear too. The same rule can be applied to most clothing too! However, keep in mind that clothing sizes run differently based on brand.
The best way to figure out what size you would wear in youth (boys or girls) is to pull a few pieces off the rack and try them on. A good rule of thumb is to go up a size or two. For example, if you normally wear an adult size medium shirt, pull a youth size L and XL to try on. Go with what feels best and keep in mind that these are children’s sizes so do not let the number/size make you feel bad about your body in any way! Of course you won’t buy all of your clothes in the children’s section, but picking up a few pieces here in there for a much smaller price than adult sizes will really up your wardrobe game.
Of course the best way to spruce up your wardrobe at any time really, is to hit up a good thrift store. These stores have so many options, styles and offer wonderful prices as well. Some of the best items in a wardrobe can be found at a thrift store. Vintage pieces are making a comeback, and this is just the place to stock up on them! You can also hit up yard sales, estate sales and lightly used clothing stores with the same idea in mind. Even just purchasing a few good pieces will really revamp your closet. If you can do that at a fraction of the cost of buying new, even better!
Have a Clothing Exchange
We’ve all heard of, attended or hosted those parties around Christmas time where everyone is instructed to bring a dozen cookies and then get together for a party and everyone gets to exchange cookies so everyone leaves with some new delicious cookies and gives other attendees theirs to bring home too. Take this concept but do it with clothes instead!
Put some feelers out to friends and family that are similar in clothing size and style. Invite them to bring any clothes that they no longer want or wear, while you also go through your closet and gather the items you are willing to exchange. Round everyone up at someone’s house and let everyone pick through the piles and decide what they want to bring home to add to their closet. This is a great way to change out your wardrobe on a budget. Although these clothes aren’t technically new, they will be new to you and your friends. This is also a good excuse to get together too!