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Being a mother often means you end up spending more on the kids than you do on yourself. So, how can you look good and spend less on your fashion?

You may think that to be stylish you need to splash out on high-street brands or even designer pieces, but that is not the case. By budgeting and getting creative with your style, you can save your money and still look like a million dollars.

There are some secrets that no one has let you in on yet, which will change the way you think about fashion. It’s not how much you spend on an item that gives it value, but how you wear it. Here are five secrets that will help you have an amazing wardrobe, without breaking the bank.

1. Choose Your Core Pieces

Rather than buying many different clothing items, invest in stable items of clothing. Fashions come and go, but there are a few things, which every woman will always need.

The cliché of this is a good pair of jeans. Once you have that perfect pair, you never need to buy another. The same goes for a good coat and a little black dress. Buying good quality core fashion items is a great way to look fantastic all year round. By accessioning and adding other, cheaper items you can create many different looks, which are unique and en trend.

2. Don’t Be Afraid To Clothes Swap

Just because you’re tired of the same old clothes, doesn’t mean that they are worthless. Clothes swapping is a great way to freshen up your style, whilst spending no money at all.

There are many clothes swapping events, which allow people to turn up and swap their clothes with strangers. As long as you’re willing to take a bag of your unwanted clothing, you can take your pick of the items that other people have brought. So, you take an old bag of clothes to the event and come home with a new (to you) bag of clothes.

If you don’t want to swap with strangers, why not get together with a group of friends and put on your own clothes swapping event?

3. Trust In The Thrift Store

If you thought thrift shops were only for students, then you were wrong. You can pick up some real bargains at second-hand shops, at just a pinch of the original recommended retail price.

To find the bargains, though, you have to spend some time searching through the shop. Some of the things you will find in thrift shops are complete rubbish, and it takes time to find quality items. Do your research before you go so that you know what’s worth buying.

Make sure you clean the items that you buy second-hand, or better yet get them dry cleaned by professionals.

4. Mend Your Old Shoes

When a shoe heel breaks or just wears down, you may think the best thing to do is throw it away. If the pair of shoes in question happen to be your favourite, though, then you might want to consider mending them.

Of course, you may not have the right skills to mend a pair of shoes yourself, but this does not mean you should discard them. There are many places where you can get your shoes mended, such as at a dry cleaning company.

Rather than splashing the cash on a new pair of shoes, hold on to your old favourites by paying just a little bit to get them fixed. Getting shoes mended will not only save you money; it will also save your style.

5. Experiment With Alterations

You don’t have to be a designer to make changes to your clothing. You may feel that sewing is out of your comfort zone, but it can be simple with a little help from video tutorials on YouTube.

If you have some spare time at home, use your old and unwanted clothing to create new pieces, which will be unique. From tie-dying your own jeans to sewing a new sweater, there are many ways you can liven up your wardrobe without even leaving the house.

No matter how tight your budget is there are always ways you can change your look for free. Now that you know the secrets to amazing fashion on a budget, you will be able to look your best all year round.