Wardrobe Revamp on a Budget

Are you stuck in a rut with a wardrobe full of dreary clothes that you don’t want to wear or maybe they just don’t fit like they used to…

Here’s my few tips for that moment when you feel you have literally nothing to wear and need an entire wardrobe revamp but cant afford to throw everything out and start from scratch. If you want to create your own style or get out of the rut you’re in but don’t want to make a dramatic change or spend a fortune on a new wardrobe you might not like in a little while.


Life took over

Get back to you!

You have kids and you need appropriate outfits for running around. Llifting buggies in and out of the car, going to the playground, getting filthy from their little paws mawling you! Well, that’s pretty much how this page started out. A stay at home mammy feeling crap and in need of a wardrobe overhaul! I don’t claim to be quite there with my own just yet but I’m getting there and I’m past the helpless stage of crying every time I go shopping. Believe it or not, I used to hate shopping!


First things first

Do a clearout. Take everything out of your wardrobe, sort through them- throw out what doesn’t fit, what you haven’t worn in years and only keep what makes you happy (believe it or not, that “body goal” dress from when you were 15 doesn’t make you happy, neither does the drawer full of ugly “loungewear”!).  Only when you have cleared everything out and only kept what you really love will you know what you need. Google the KonMari method for this and you will understand the satisfaction. Look back at photos and see what kind of outfits you loved wearing and how they looked on you. This is a good place to star with deciding what needs to be replaced.

Materialistic -V- Important

Sure, they’re just clothes! The kids need uniforms, new clothes, you’ve got all these bills so how can you justify spending money on yourself?! Well, your happiness is pretty important to you and your whole family. And while buying clothes to perk you up may seem materialistic and selfish, it’s not when it gives you the inner confidence you have been missing and brings you back to your old self. How do you feel when you get glammed up, had the time to do your make up and wear a nice dress – you feel amazing! Don’t underestimate the importance and confidence that some well fitting clothes might bring to you. When you realize that, make a deal with yourself to buy one new item each week/month for a certain price. Make it your mission to build it up and do it at your own pace and dependent on your finances.


Buy smart

If you are on a tight budget, you want to be buying smart. For this reason, you want to get plenty of wear and value for your money. You want your outfits to be versatile and work from day to night and in between. If you don’t get out for nights out that often, you don’t need to load up on dressy but you need to have something to wear if something does crop up at the last minute. You want to be able to mix and match your pieces to have different outfits with some of the same pieces. The outfit in this post is entirely Penneys, proving you don’t need to spend a fortune to get dressed up for a night out.


My Top Tips-

  • Pick a colour scheme that compliments your skin tone and hair color. Black, white, tan, red, a bit of leopard print (this is unintentionally mine I suppose but compliments many).
  • If you stick to only a few colours at the beginning, you’ll find it easier to mix and match.
  • Avoid “trendy” prints- you don’t want anything to feel dated if you’re not buying that often.
  • Highlight your favourite areas with brighter colours or leave them bare. Wear darker colours on your problematic areas.
  • Buy the essential basics- Skinny jeans, vest tops/camis, jumpers, dresses.
  • Keep your basics plain and dark- it’s easier to add a pop of colour or accessories to turn a simple day time outfit into night.
  • Pick up some accessories and outerwear with a pop of colour- blazers, handbags, jewellery. Keeping within your colour scheme. An all black outfits turns dressy with a well fitted blazer immediately.
  • Keep it simple. Stick to styles, colours and fits that suit you and ignore the trends.
  • Classy never goes out of fashion!

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Now you’ve got it

Once you are happy with what you have and feel you have found yourself again, you can start to become a little more adventurous. Pick up that little bag that you love that doesn’t go with anything you have, those shoes that are a bit “out there”, that hat that might not get much wear and work around it. When you have all your basics, it will be easier to experiment with your style and your shoes and bags are a great place to start- there’s less dedication because you can keep everything else simple.

These have been the things that have before and continue to help me and I hope you have found them useful. I love would love to know if you take any of my tips on board with success and love your feedback as always.


Stay Classy San Diego,







  1. February 13, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    Your top tips are spot on!
    I don’t have kids but I started gaining weight after I was diagnosed coeliac and switched to gluten free food. I’ve always been thin, probably because my body didn’t absorb nutrients properly due to damaged gut. However, for a couple of years I haven’t been able to find clothes that I think I look good in and the result has been that I’ve tried to hide my fluffy belly under long jumpers and the likes. But this winter I’ve focused on learning to take care of myself, and I felt that most stuff I had in my wardrobe was ugly and made me look ugly, I was kind of desperate and went into a shop where I go sometimes with my sister. There’s a personal shopper or maybe stylist or something like that who works there and he is that perfect person to find what fits you and what makes you look good. He helped me loads, and I’m now trying to revamping my wardrobe and buying things that I’ll actually use because I feel pretty in them. And this whole thing makes me feel so much better about how I look!

    I totally agree with you about buying clothes to make yourself happy and more confident. Because if you love yourself and are happy and confident, you will make others happy too.

    • February 16, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful 🙂

  2. Cynthia
    February 20, 2018 / 11:14 am

    hey lena,

    looking for the black lace dress, can find the link anywhere

    • February 20, 2018 / 4:32 pm

      Hi Cynthia, there is a link to it in the Fashion highlights on my Instagram page and on my recent Facebook post.

  3. Cynthia
    March 6, 2018 / 8:53 am

    thanks a mill

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