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    28 Stylish Ways To Update Your Wardrobe On A Budget This Fall

    Enhance the stuff you already have for a fresh-to-death effect.

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    1. Spruce up ALL your pieces with a lint roller, steamer, and fabric shaver as an incentive to work with what you've already got.

    2. Try on everything and *finally* organize your closet so you can decide if you can work that oversize designer blazer you found at an estate sale way back.

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    3. Make some cash off your wardrobe discards through resale sites like Material World, Poshmark, and Then put the profits toward new duds. Maybe even new (budget-friendly) items from the same websites!

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    This takes effort. But it's a way to ensure that beloved Alexander Wang skirt you bought at a sample sale and just doesn't work on you goes to a loving home. Check out our list of sites that'll help you make money on your clothes here and amazing places to buy used clothing online here.

    4. Nail down some new ensembles with your old stuff by creating looks in the closet organizing system Finery.

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    It's the closest we peasants are going to get to Cher's Clueless closet. Sign up for free here.

    5. Set a hard-and-fast shopping budget from the start for stuff you've decided you absolutely need with Parcel.

    Especially before you get lured in by a cute pair of metallic sneaks you must have. Sign up for free here.

    6. Assess and label your tights so you don't accidentally buy another pair of semi-sheer black tights when you already own three perfectly good pairs.

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    Raise your hand if you've ever wasted 10 minutes trying on every pair of tights you own just to find the *right* pair. (Yep, me too.)

    Get a 90-pack of Ziploc sandwich bags from Amazon for $7.28.

    7. But if you decide to buy some new tights, choose some that'll make your wardrobe go-tos feel fresh and new!

    Promising review: "I said that these fit as expected, but no. They fit BETTER than expected. Finding tights that work with curvy thighs and small calves is not easy, but these are so stretchy and perfect that they cling to every part of my legs without squeezing or sagging. What's more, the colors are exactly as shown in the photo. I only needed the blue ones for a costume, but the other three are such a bonus! I will definitely be wearing all of them for everyday wear; not just for conventions." —Tara

    Get a four-pack of fishnets for $14.99 (available in three color/design combos).

    8. "Dry clean" your outerwear with Woolite sheets or — if it's OK with your garment's care instructions — throw it in the wash instead of selling a kidney to pay a dry-cleaning bill.

    Your outerwear is probably a little gross from last season's dirt and smells like a coat closet. (Mine does.) Dry cleaning a coat in my New York City neighborhood costs $14+ a pop. And it isn't dirt cheap where my parents live in rural North Carolina, either. Once you do the math, you could buy a new piece of outerwear for the cost of your early fall dry-cleaning bill.

    You'll find that most down/puffy coats can be machine washed. Of course, always read the label first! Remove fur collars, hoods, or any other detachable pieces and, if they can be washed, place them in a mesh laundry bag before throwing them in the wash, too. After you wash your outerwear, (per the tag's instructions), dry according to those instructions, too. Don't freak out when you see your puffer reduced to a wet, crumpled shell of what it once was. It'll be just fine once it dries.

    Get them from Amazon: six-pack of Woolite cloths for $8.88 and six-pack of mesh laundry bags for $7.87

    9. Add a faux-fur stole to last season's coat for a glam spin on the cheap.,

    Promising review: "Very soft, great quality for fake fur at this price! I got the 120 and it's quite long, which is perfect as a shawl or for an extra glamorous look on a coat. If you want a more standard collar for a coat, I would get the 100." —John S

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes, 14 colors).

    10. Spray paint lackluster coat buttons (after you've removed them!) or swap said buttons for some flashier ones to give your old piece a revamp.

    Promising review: "I was shopping at the Goodwill Store and found a nice dress jacket. I shop at the Goodwill; because, the old dress jackets look and feel better compared to the store brands. So, I brought the dress jacket and realized some of the buttons were missing. Also, the buttons were plastic and unattractive. I decided to ordered the vintage antique brass buttons from Amazon; because, I wanted to reinvent the jacket with a sophisticated appearance. My cleaners added the brass buttons to the jacket and the jacket looked perfect. The brass buttons made the jacket look classy." —Chad C. Everett

    Get an 11-pack from Amazon for $10.98+ (available in two finishes).

    11. If you ~must~ invest in new coat, find a classic like this gorgeous trench that'll work for all kinds of occasions.

    You'll get the most bang for your buck out of non-trendy items that fill gaps in your wardobe.

    Promising review: "This is a great coat. The fabric is a medium weight and has a nice flow to it. The belt is just right and can be taken off, a good feature. The buttons are sewn on well, and add a upscale fashionable touch. The length is good, not too short or too long. This coat does not look frumpy or stiff, and is flattering and forgiving to one's figure." —Kumba Dukuray

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes EU 26-44).

    12. Get through colder temps with your existing outerwear by layering a fleece vest under your coat to help block wind and retain body heat.

    *This* is how you see super stylish people wear thin coats out and about without chattering teeth.

    Promising review: "The product arrived earlier than I expected and was just in time for the cold weather. It fit perfectly, was easy to layer under a winter coat, and comfortable to wear in an office all day." —Mildred A. Shugart

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in sizes S-XL, six colors).

    13. Swap any loose or broken denim fasteners with a jean button replacement kit instead of shelling out for a new pair.

    Promising review: "Perfect! Saved the day for me. Lost the button and needed to wear the pants very soon. Ordered the repair buttons, which came within a couple of days, and was able to repair the pants and wear them right away." —Dominic Kutra

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    14. Refresh your black jeans with an easy dye job that'll cost you considerably less than new denim.,

    A bottle of black dye isn't nearly as steep as a new pair of *cheap* $29 jeans. Watch the Nifty video explaining how it works here.

    Get an 8 oz. bottle of black fabric dye (enough for a pair of jeans) from Amazon for $8.06+.

    15. And cover up any light stains on solid black clothing with a Sharpie because if it's a small area, no one's going to know but you.

    Get a two-pack of black Sharpies from Amazon for $2.97.

    16. Update basic outerwear and accessories with a majestic Freddie Mercury pin or a super pack you can attach to everything and easily remove later.,

    You can find some more personality-defining pins from independent retailers on Etsy. But if you just want a variety you can use all kinds of stuff, the 17-pack is the way to go.

    Get the Freddie Mercury pin from The Found on Etsy for $9.75 or the 17-pack from Amazon for $12.97.

    17. Invest in some show-stealing sunnies to give an old go-to ensemble a new look.,

    Yes, you need sunnies in cold weather, too!

    Promising review: "Glasses are great. They have lasted all summer on a 13-year-old! We ordered the pink/rose and they are very true to the picture. Good, sturdy material. Great price. 👍🏻👍🏻😎" —Sarah Lawrie

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 10 color combos).

    18. Erase yellow armpit stains with pantry items so you won't have to shell out cash for more basic white T-shirts.

    Dipping into your supply of dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda will cost you less than new duds, (which, btw, cost $8.44+ for a three-pack on Amazon).

    Get the deets on One Good Thing by Jillee here.

    19. Polish your leather accessories using a cheap sponge so you can bask in the glow of their sheen once again and fall back in love.,

    Promising review: "It's a great shoe SHINER. It does not remover scuffs but can make them look better by making your shoes look shiner than ever!" —May

    Get it from Amazon for $2.90+.

    20. Elevate sandals and ankle-exposing footwear with standout socks for a combo worthy of your fave street-style stars., Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Read our full review of the fishnet socks here.

    Get them from Amazon: four-pack of pointelle socks for $12.90+ and four-pack of fishnet socks for $7.90+

    21. And up the cozy factor with some knee-high socks that'll give short bottoms a fresh aesthetic or add an extra layer to thin, patterned tights.

    Promising review: "These are such comfortable, warm, and easy-to-care-for long socks! I absolutely love them — great for cold days and sleeping." —Artbird

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.99.

    22. Trim some denim or a preppy button-up with pyramid studs to give it a whole new look.,

    Find your toolbox, grab your pliers, and sit down for a spell for this DIY project.

    Promising review: "First things first, there are some concerns about this product: 1.) The bag does not look like there are 100 pieces at first. Calm down. There are. 2.) USE PLIERS TO CLOSE PRONGS. I have like three bandaids on my fingers right now because I'm stupid and impatient. After I put these on my vest I have to say, they are perfect. The have a mixture of matte look as well as a small shine in the light. Definitely looking into finding other colors to mix on my vest." —Trevor Noelke

    Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $11.95.

    23. Download the ~free~ chrome extension Honey, which'll do some of the work for you in finding discount codes before you commit to anything.


    Read our explainer on why this is the lazy shopping hack of your dreams here.

    24. And double check for free coupon codes with RetailMeNot, Groupon coupons, and basic Internet searches.

    Download the RetailMeNot app for free from iTunes or Google Play.

    And maybe open those Groupon newsletters every once in a while for deals on stores you shop, like Athleta, American Eagle Outfitters, and lots more.

    25. Become a stylish wheeler and dealer with our online shopping tips that'll surprise even the pros.

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    Those annoying chat boxes that pop up when you click through to a site? Yeah, those can give you discount codes if you ask. The more you know! Read more genius tips here.

    26. Take advantage of any birthday or student discounts. Even a 10% discount helps!

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    Get acquainted with participating retailers via our roundups of said birthday deals and student ID discounts.

    27. You can often find your favorite brand names on Amazon for cheaper. Just be sure to Fakespot it, check reviews, and peek customer photos before you click Buy!

    Use Fakespot on everything you buy on Amazon. (That's what BuzzFeed writers do before putting items into stories for your beautiful eyes.) Stuff that looks legit or shows up as a top seller is often backed by tons of sketchy reviews. The free service gives an item listing a grade from A to F. (For example, this listing for Sam Edelman rainboots checks out.) It also works for Yelp reviews, too! This is one of the easiest ways to make sure you're not falling prey to an Amazon scam. More on those scams here.

    28. And before you buy something, consider it for three days. If you're still thinking about it, it *might* be worth your money. (Also make sure it goes with something in your closet!)

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    If you put it in your shopping cart online, the retailer'll probably email you to remind you...and possibly offer a discount code as an incentive for you to buy. It happens!

    You when you see everyone else dropping their whole damn paychecks on new seasonal duds.

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