You don’t always have to buy new stuff to look good

2012-09-08 10:37

Indiana Harris, founder of NiceFinds, offers her top five tips to upscale your wardrobe quickly

1 Swap instead of shopping:
Swapping clothes is a fun way of giving your wardrobe a quick, free makeover.

It costs nothing, helps you spring-clean your home or closet and is a frugal way of acquiring “new things” without the price tag.

To host a swapping party, simply invite a few friends around, ask them to bring gently used items they no longer use or have never worn and enjoy swapping for some new outfits.

2 Care for what you’ve got:

Nothing ruins a look quicker than a hanging hem thread, a loose button or a creased shirt.

And while an investment into quality items can be good, you can also maintain these as seasons change.

Why not learn how to sow on a button, give an old jacket a new look, or how to make your own scarves and accessories?

Also, always read the labels to ensure you care for your items properly.

Ironing garments on the reverse side prevents them from becoming shiny.

3 Try something new:

There are no limits to creative ways of wearing what you’ve got in your cupboard.

Try different combinations from what you’re used to, use a nice scarf as a belt or head piece, or try out different vintage looks with some of your old items.

4 Charity shops:

If you find you like snooping around for bargains, charity shops are the way to go.

There’s nothing quite like a nice find.

Another good tip is to wear a nice waist belt with some of those “just too big” tops.

And don’t be scared, someone once loved that top.

Just pop it in the wash when you get home and it’s as good as new.

5 Copy craft people:

If you don’t have new ideas or are feeling uninspired, there are numerous good places to find unique fashion ideas that won’t cost you a cent.

Try www.threadbanger.com or www.craftster.org

»?NiceFinds tips provided by Capitec Bank


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