How to Build a Versatile Wardrobe on a Fashion Budget



There’s nothing worse than knowing you need a wardrobe overhaul but not having the cash on hand to buy everything you need. Fear not because you don’t actually need all that much money to create a wardrobe full of new styles. You just need to spend your money wisely and that means purchasing versatile pieces that have more than one use. If you have one item that can be worn for three different events, then it’s just like buying three outfits for the price of one! If your goal is to create a wardrobe that has many different purposes, then keep reading for some ideas and key pieces for achieving this type of multi-functionality in your closet.


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The Blazer

Of all the items in a wardrobe, the blazer is all too often overlooked.  But the versatility of a blazer is almost endless.  You can easily create a smart and chic look with a tailored blazer.  Or with just a quick change of other outfit components, you can quickly be ready to head straight to a board meeting. For business or leisure, the blazer has you covered. And more than just being dressed appropriately for the occasion, you will also look fabulously chic, classic, and put together.



Dressing Casual and Classy

When it comes to versatility, it’s all about finding those items that you can wear out and about as you go about your daily errands and also the pieces that will look just as good if you were to meet your friends for a social outing. The maxi dress is a perfect example of this type of versatility.  It is great for summer days worn by itself with a few accessories but can also be easily dressed up for more formal events. Take a look at the selection of maxi dresses on The Iconic to find a dress that will meet your fashion needs for both casual and classy. A great maxi dress will quickly become your newest go-to when you are unsure of what to wear.

A Blouse or Other Tops

Here is the secret about a great blouse: it can look completely different just by changing the number of buttons that you close. Pair it with some smart trousers and fabulous eyewear and you have created the perfect power look for a day in the office. Wear the blouse a bit looser, throw on some jeans, and you now have a comfortable, casual, and stylish outfit to wear for a day of shopping or a night out for drinks.  Sleeves up, sleeves down, buttons closed, buttons opened, tucked or untucked, the options provided by a blouse can take you anywhere. Make sure you have at least one amazing blouse in your wardrobe.


Denim Everywhere

I’m sure you already have your favorite pair of jeans. But if you are building a new wardrobe, it’s important to select a pair of jeans that not only looks great on you with the proper fit, but a pair that will also serve multiple functions in your wardrobe. Skinny jeans are a great option for this purpose.  They can be worn tucked into tall boots but also look amazing with booties, sneakers, or heels.

Lightweight Sweaters

It’s winter. It’s summer. It’s somewhere in between. It doesn’t really matter because there is always a place for a lightweight sweater. The type that you can wear with extra layers when the chill arrives will also be perfect for those slightly cooler summer days. Add a few lightweight sweaters to your new wardrobe and they will be staple pieces all year round.

As you can see, it doesn’t take too much effort or money to create a versatile wardrobe that works for you.

What wardrobe staples do you require in your closet?

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

4 Responses

  1. These are very good suggestions for the foundation of a fabulous wardrobe. Thank you for sharing them and for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.


  2. Great tips. I have a fave pair of jeans and I’m so glad I found them. Fits like a glove!

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