After having kids so many of us just get stuck in a style rut. We’re knackered, stressed & super busy looking after everyone else. So much so that we kind of forget about ourselves.
If you’re anything like me, you just end up reaching for the same things. Something comfy & easy to wear, like leggings & a jumper. Day after day. When you do buy something new, it’s something for the kids. You feel guilty splashing the cash on yourself but have no idea on how to update your wardrobe on a budget.
I can’t afford to constantly update my wardrobe & to be honest I don’t want to. I’m moving away from fast fashion, only buying something I know can be dressed up or dressed down & that I’ll wear over & over again. Sustainable fashion is definitely the way forward. Better for the planet & better for your purse. I’ll never be one of those bloggers that spends £100s on designer clothing, I’ll always be that style blogger that shops on the high street or charity shops, someone you can actually relate to.
So I’m giving you my tips on how to update your wardrobe on a budget.
Finding Outfit Inspiration on Pinterest
If you don’t already have a Pinterest account then download the app & sign up. It’ll become your new best friend when trying to find new outfits without spending any money. Make sure you follow me too on the link above as I have lots of outfit inspiration. Just check out my ‘Style Boards’ on there.
Just in case you’ve never heard of Pinterest before I’ll just give you a basic outline. It’s pretty much Google but for images. You can search for everything & anything, it’s not just for outfit ideas.
The best part is you can save all the ‘pins’ (images) you like to a board (like groups). For example the latest board I’ve created is Spring/Summer outfit ideas. In the search bar just type anything you’re looking for such as casual outfits, Dr Martens outfit ideas, Winter outfits etc etc.
It will bring up lots of different images, click the image you like & it will give you an option to save. Either you click ‘create board’ (down at the bottom) or save it to one of your existing boards. As you can see I have loads of boards, I love Pinterest as it’s so useful.
Also, once you click on an image you like, you can then scroll down & Pinterest will find you similar images. Then every time you open the app, it will show you images similar to those you’ve previously searched for. Every time I open the app I get so many tattoo ideas too, you can definitely tell what I search for!
Once you start finding outfits you like then just search through your wardrobe to see if you have anything similar.
I’ve put together so many new outfits this way. And outfits I would never have though of such as this white jumper & skirt. I’ve never worn those two before & wouldn’t ever have thought to. It really does give you so much outfit inspiration.
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Obviously if it’s something you love then you can go out & buy something similar. I’ve picked up so many things from charity shops this way too. Clothes that I would never have normally bought but by seeing it on Pinterest I know it would look great.
Finding Outfit Inspiration on Instagram
You can do something similar on Instagram too. But this is more finding people to follow because you love their look rather than searching for particular outfits. You can still save the images you love to come back to later, however it’s more the person you follow that you get the outfit inspiration from.
To save an image you have to click the little tag shape in the bottom right below the image. It then gives you an option to ‘save to collection’, you can then do the same as Pinterest & name each collection. Although I don’t have nowhere near as many collections as I do Pinterest boards. I save images I love but as I mentioned, it’s more about the person’s overall style than trying to copy individual outfits.
For me, my go to is the stunning Sammi Jefcoate. Whilst I’m quite a bit older than her (12 years 🙈), her style is very individual so it’s not associated with age. Not that that would bother me anymore, I dress how I want to rather than how I should dress for my age.
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This has really helped me find my new style over the past year or so. I’ve found so many outfits that I loved, that I would have never normally worn.
I don’t tend to follow fast fashion anymore. Instead my outfits are much more vintage inspired. Headscarves & dresses with Doc Martens are definitely my go to style now. I’m very much a little bit vintage, a little bit grunge. I finally feel like I’ve found me, what I should look. My tattoos, my style, it’s the me I should have always been but never had the confidence to be. It’s taken me 38 years but I’m finally happy with my look.
If you’d like to follow me on Instagram you can find me here. Or catch up with my Pinterest boards & follow me on Pinterest here. Alternatively, if Facebook is more your bag then this is the link to my page, & click below to join This Mama Style Facebook group.