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If you are all about big coats, thick layers, and an abundance of scarves, then your time has arrived. Whilst winter clothes may be expensive, there are plenty of ways to get the wardrobe you want on any budget.

Check out these seven easy ways to get yourself the perfect winter wardrobe without the rock star cost.

1. Do a bit of DIY

Not everyone is ready to take to the sewing machine to make their own wardrobe, but it’s relatively simple to change up plainer pieces. Buy a few cheap pieces you can add your own accessories to, or work with older items that you no longer wear. Adding buttons, or some coloured edging can brighten up tired pieces, and tailoring skirt or dress lengths can make a huge difference to its appeal.

2. Buy neutral or classic looks

Whilst it is always great to have a few items in the latest season's style, making sure you also have a few good quality pieces in classic, simple cuts can always save you money. These pieces are usually easily paired up with any new trends, but can also work as stand alone outfits, and they do not go out of fashion so quickly. This means you don't have to find money to replace them every few months.

3. Accessorise

Pins, earrings, and necklaces are cheaper than new coats and shirts. They’re also far more versatile. Add these little extras to change up your outfit each time you wear it, to stop it looking repetitive or stale.

4. Go vintage

Whether this means visiting a vintage clothes store, or your mum's old wardrobe, wearing vintage is definitely in fashion, and second hand is absolutely not a problem. Take advantage of this by finding great old pieces that won't cost you a lot of money to update or tailor. You can even stumble upon high level designer pieces for a fraction of the cost in vintage clothes stores.

5. Practical is attractive

Obviously, buy clothes that you like and feel great in, but also bear in mind that it’s winter and there’s no sense in buying something that doesn’t keep you warm. Avoid buying anything that you can only wear for that 5 day stretch between the end of autumn and the start of winter. Layers are the key word here: buy a range of thinner tops you can layer up to warm up or cool down as the weather calls for it.


6. Take advantage of free shipping

If you’re an online shopper, see if it’s financially viable for you to add enough to your basket so that you avoid the shipping fee. Sometimes shipping can be as much as £6 or £7. That’s the equivalent of another t-shirt or pair of woolly socks.

7. Less is more

You don’t need to buy a truckload of clothes. Just buy a few items that you really like and feel good in. You can then mix and match these into plenty of variations (with the aforementioned accessories!) so your outfits look different every time and work for every occasion.