With my youngest child no longer a baby, I’ve been slowly revamping my wardrobe each season to move away from the so-called “Mom” look to a more polished casual look, especially during the school year. Even though I still have several pairs of jeans, more often I’ll wear khakis or corduroys with clogs or simple cute shoes. On top, I generally stick to solid colored tops with a few details including texture and use jewelry to add more impact to my outfit. The final step is mascara and lipstick.
These types of changes can be costly only if one doesn’t prioritize where to spend money on clothes, shoes, or jewelry. For me, buying new shoes on clearance is always a priority. I’m just not comfortable buying shoes at a thrift shop, though I’ve done it once or twice. Since I’ve had some foot issues, I spend money on good quality shoes and find the brand name clothes like Ann Taylor and J. Crew at places like Goodwill.
Goodwill has two half price clothing sales during the year in addition to selling the color of the week for half price each week. Since the tags are usually placed in the shoulder of the shirts or sweaters, it’s easy to skim the clothing racks looking for the color on sale.
Each of the tops in this post I purchased for half price, though the original Goodwill price, $3.75, is still a good price. I always spot check each garment for holes or rips. If there is no tag anywhere on the garment, it’s automatically half price and non-returnable.
I paired a similar green top, also purchased at Goodwill, with jeans from Goodwill, a white Hanes tank shirt from Goodwill, a Vera Wang scarf bought on clearance at Kohl’s, and earrings from Target. The bracelet is a $5 one I bought at my school’s recent Ladies Night Out fundraiser. (The goofy look is all my own as I coached my 8 year old in taking pictures for the post.)
What are your tips for updating your wardrobe?
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