So, you’re just getting your start, and needless to say, you haven’t hit the financial jackpot yet.  Don’t fret.  Wardrobe-wise, there are plenty of ways to fake it until you make it.

The first thing to remember is to keep it simple.  If you’re on the hunt for a new ensemble from an inexpensive retailer, or even a thrift store, pick up a few versatile pieces that can be worn a variety of ways.  For example, you might purchase belt that can be worn around the middle of a long shirt, across your waist or even as a wrap bracelet.  You might consider scoping out a white button-down shirt that can be worn underneath an argyle sweater, by itself, or with a vest.  You could come across a scarf that doubles as a head wrap.  This way, you’ll be able to diversify your wardrobe without emptying your pockets.

You can also make subtle changes that completely change the look of a particular piece, such as replacing the buttons.  The experts as Cosmopolitan suggest replacing plastic buttons with more unique ones, such as metal or pearl, that can be purchased online from sites such as Etsy.  If you’re skilled at stitching, you can replace them yourself or take them to a dry cleaner.  Usually, they’ll do it for you for just a few bucks.

Another option is to scour the ‘net for gently used designer clothes or upscale fashion.  There are a multitude of sites from which you can purchase second-hand items, such as eBay and ThredUp.  If you have some time on your hands to dig through racks, you might stumble across some great picks at T.J. Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, or the Salvation Army.  These retailers often have designer handbags, coats, and shoes for much less than one would expect to pay at a department store.  Outlet store shopping is also an option.

In order to get the most life from your thrifty finds, unless you’ve dribbled your lunch on them or tromped through a puddle of mud, avoid washing after every use.  You will likely find your favorite pair of jeans wears even better the second time around.  And, when you do wash them, choose to air dry.  Set up a makeshift clothesline in your laundry room with kite string and clothespins and hang them there.  This way, you can avoid shrinkage and deforming the fit of