We’ve all felt it – that strong urge to get rid of everything you own and buy a whole new wardrobe at the first sign of fall. Feeling like you have nothing to wear when you’re literally standing in front of an overflowing closet (guilty). Fortunately, you don’t have to risk racking up a credit card bill to get that ‘fresh start’ feeling we all crave. You just have to get a little creative. Read on for a few simple ways you can affordably replenish your wardrobe with cool, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Host a clothing swap

Throwing a clothing swap and inviting your most stylish friends is one of the easiest ways to recycle that pile of clothes you just haven’t gotten around to dealing with and find new gems in return. Not to mention it’s completely free! One friend’s trash… well, you know. Just make sure that everyone brings lightly-worn pieces that they probably wouldn’t give to Goodwill, and that you’re all coming away with the same amount of stuff you brought in. Also, if you’re looking for something unique but don’t feel like tackling secondhand stores, this is a great way to score some vintage!

Shop the men’s section

Just hear me out. If you confine yourself to the women’s section, you may miss out on some amazing deals (more often than not, men’s clothes are much cheaper than their women’s counterparts). Plus, you’ll feel infinitely cooler when you you run into a guy wearing the same shirt/scarf/pants, but you’re wearing it better. Turn an oversized t-shirt into a casual dress or snag yourself an actual pair of boyfriend jeans. If you’re petite, browse the boy’s section and see if you can find a fitted trench or loose trouser. This is where the best deals are to be had, so be sure to do a thorough sweep. To save time, shop places like Zara and H&M online beforehand to get a better idea of what you’re looking for.

Make your basics not so basic

I’ll be the first to argue that you can never have enough basics, but sometimes you just need to switch things up. Personalize a closet staple for cheap and tell us you don’t get a slew of questions and compliments. Search sites like Etsy and eBay for cheeky pins and and patches, and place them together on a plain sweatshirt or denim jacket. Bleach that pair of pastel pants that you wore once until they turn white and cut them to a flattering cropped length (because that old saying that you can’t wear white after labor day is ludicrous. Period). Distress your jeans with scissors and sandpaper. Turn a jersey scarf into a wrap skirt. The options are literally limitless, so pick your project and get your hands dirty. If you need more inspiration, get lost in the sweet abyss that is Pinterest or look through a DIY blog like A Pair & a Spare or Honestly WTF.

So easy, right? Like with most things, the hardest part is getting started. To quote Nike, just DO IT. And share your own ideas in the comments below!

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