3 Sure Ways to Update Your Summer Style on a Budget

Beauty & Style | M. Yvette | 07/16/2014 | 05:00 PM EDT

Here's some tips to help you upgrade your look, without breaking your wallet

We all want to feel apart of the trendsetting moments that each season brings. But, we can’t always afford to just up and purchase a new wardrobe every time the season changes. Here are 3 tips to help you upgrade your look, without breaking your wallet.


Sell Your Unwanted Fall/Winter Clothes.

Exchange stores like Buffalo Exchange and even online fashion buyers are great places to sell the clothes you no longer want, or you know just won’t wear again, to gain a few bucks in your pocket. The way most of these selling exchange stores operates goes as follows: you bring in clothes to sell that will be best for the upcoming season, they review the pieces to make sure they’re on trend and in good shape, and then if they like them, they buy them from you. Most of the times, you can either get cash or a credit for the store. If you’re one who is for sure interested in changing your look, taking the credit would probably be best, so then you can shop around the store and find lower priced pieces others have sold.

Invest in Really Good Accessories.

Even if you don’t buy new clothes all together, changing the way they’re presented can still make you feel like you’ve “upgraded” your style. If you’re tired of that sundress you wear every summer, add a thin, neon colored belt to it. Throw a jean vest over your favorite LWD (little white dress). Bags even make a difference in how an outfit looks. Swap out your typical black purse for a cute, bright orange tote. The point is to pay for the pieces that are typically cheaper then say a pair of new jeans, a new dress or a pair of shoes.

Shop the July Sales.

If you haven’t noticed yet, most mass retailers have their big summer sales in July. Even though summer officially begins at the end of June, some of us may not even feel like its summer in our city until July. Pay attention to advertisements and the windows of the stores you like most (they hint at when sales will begin and how long they’ll run). I’ve worked in retail, so I know that sales associates can’t actually tell their customers when the actual sales are going to happen. But just know that most stores who have summer sales, begin them around the second week of July and lower the prices each week up until about mid-August.

(Photo: Richard Schultz/Corbis)

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