It’s important to save cash where possible, so we have tied together a few tips on how to create an elegant winter wardrobe on a budget – and still integrate the latest fashion trends. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Create a Capsule Wardrobe

Coined by London fashion boutique owner Susie Faux in the 1970s, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential items that are in line with your own personal style, including trousers, skirts, blouses, basic t-shirts, shoes and accessories. The idea is to create a small wardrobe complete with your favourite items that are versatile and can be worn in a variety of ways. The traditional capsule wardrobe comprises 37 items (clothing, shoes and accessories) that are true to your own personal brand. Things to consider are styles that suit your body type, shades that compliment your complexion and hair, and a colour scheme that can be spiced up with the addition of feature colours and toned down when necessary (think black, white and other neutral hues). You should choose items made from high quality fabrics that will last a number of seasons. Throw out items you don’t absolutely love, and keep the essentials that showcase your unique beauty.

2. Cull What You Don’t Need

During the creation of your capsule wardrobe, you will make informed decisions about whether to throw or keep certain items of clothing. Decluttering can do wonders for your mental state – as your wardrobe downsizes, so too will the clutter circulating in your head. You will be surprised. So throw out those old trousers you’ve been hanging on to for decades, but haven’t worn since the 90s, and the same for the white top with coffee stains on it. Winter is often the hardest time for those less fortunate, people living on the streets with no shelter over their head or warm meal to fill their tummies. Why not donate these unwanted items to someone who will have a much greater purpose for them?

3. Get Ready for the Change of Season

Unfortunately, summer has packed its bags and headed out the door. So too go the denim shorts, boardies, linen skirts and strappy tops and in come the oversized coats, jeans and boots. Winter in South Australia can be absolutely freezing at times so preparing for the change in season is a must. Head down to your local thrift store and pick up some of last season’s knitwear, jumpers and jackets for a fraction of the cost – and at the same time help those in need. Most op shops donate proceeds raised through the sale of their items to charities that assist the homeless and children without a family. So head to your neighbouring Vinnies, Salvos or Savers and you might find some little gems among the racks.

4. Channel this Winter’s Must-Have Styles on a Budget

The best thing about this season’s fashion trends is they are all bits and bobs from seasons gone by – and would be readily available in those secondhand stores mentioned above. The 2019 winter trends include tailored suits, oversized jackets and classic patterns such as leopard print, spots and stripes.