We’re getting to that time of year when money is tight. You’ve had your Halloween weekend out and you want to start saving up for Christmas. But at the same time, the temperatures are dropping and your summer wardrobe isn’t quite hitting the mark anymore. So what do you do? Well, with a little savvy and a needle and thread, you should be able to look sharp for the cold winter months without blowing your spending budget on a new wardrobe.

Back To Basics       There are some winter basics that you shouldn’t stinge out on; a coat should be your main investment for the season. When it comes to picking a winter coat, choose well. Neutral colours are great because you can get more wear out of them. A good, black coat will go with anything and can be worn day in, day out. Choose a warm fabric that can withstand the elements. Designer clothes are a good idea when it comes to coats. A reputable brand will give you something that isn’t going to fall apart after five minutes that you can bring out year after year. Shoes are also something that you should invest wisely in. Cheap shoes will leave you with cold toes. The soles will wear easily and holes can leave you with wet socks on rainy or snowy days. Once your coat and shoes are sorted out, you’re good to go. You can save money on all sorts of other areas of your wardrobe without worrying about having to face the freezing elements.


Accessories       The price of hats, scarves and gloves boost as the temperature drops. But you don’t have to fork out on these. Learn to knit yourself. With a bit of practice, you’ll be creating the same quality products as you’d spend a fair amount on in a chain store. You can pick up a pair of knitting needles for cheap in a charity shop and wool isn’t dear. Check out Youtube tutorials and you’ll have your needles clicking away in no time.

Patches       Do you have a hole in your favourite jacket, jeans or skirt? Don’t throw them away. Patches are en vogue at the moment and can easily be applied by hand. Check out cute designs, find one that reflects your character and get the needle and thread out. Iron the garment you’re fixing up and lie it flat on a table. Position your patch, pin it in place and do a basic running stitch around the edge. It’s as simple as that. Alternatively, you could try out iron-on patches. These are even easier, as you merely remove the backing and iron them into place.

Go Second Hand       There are plenty of gems to be picked up in charity shops at very reasonable prices. A problem you might have is finding the perfect item but it’s just a bit too big. Not to worry. All’s not lost. Still purchase the item and you can always alter it yourself at home. Hems of dresses and skirts are easy to turn up and waistlines can be taken in a few inches.


Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.