You’ve been trying to slim down for a while now and your hard work is finally starting to pay off. Your energy levels have increased, your waistline, hips, and thighs, have decreased, and your overall health is improving. The only problem you have now is that the only things you can throw on are some yoga pants and an oversized t-shirt because nothing else fits. You can’t really afford a wardrobe overhaul, but you need other items to wear.

Make Alterations

If you’re pretty handy with a sewing machine or know a seamstress you can take your old clothes and alter them so that they fit your new size. Depending on how the article of clothing is designed, you can do this fairly easily and hold off on buying new things. If you’re really good at sewing you could essentially make your own clothes and save a ton of money.

Shop Thrift

If you’ve lost a lot of weight and are in desperate need of clothes or you plan on losing more weight there’s no need to go bankrupt on clothing. A nearby thrift store has fashionable finds for way less than what you would pay at any retail store. Even if you only find a few items you like, you’ll have more money to splurge on things of higher quality that you really want.

Buy Staple Pieces

When shopping for clothes on a budget the best thing you can do is buy staple pieces and build as you get more cash. There are easy personal loans you could qualify for that would allow you to borrow a few hundred dollars to invest in items like black pants, a white button-up shirt, a cardigan, and other staple wardrobe pieces.

Host a Clothing Swap

Do you know a few other people who have lost or gained weight recently? If so, they too have clothes that they can no longer fit or have a use for. You guys can help each other out by swapping clothes. Pick a day and have light refreshments and invite everyone over. Instruct them to bring clothes they don’t need and have a clear space for them to spread things out. Then, everyone can go through the piles of clothes getting things that fit them in exchange for giving up things that don’t.

Shop Off-Season

Here’s a savvy trick that no one considers. If you need to get a new wardrobe at a great deal then you should try shopping off-season. As you know, when a new season comes around, retailers push all their old season attire to a clearance rack. For example, in the winter, you’ll find summer tanks and shorts or dresses on sale. You could essentially find some trendy pieces for a steal of a price.

Building a new wardrobe from scratch when you have limited funds can be rough, but there are ways to manage. Whether you make your own things, buy staple items, host a clothing swap party, decide to shop off-season or all of the above, it will get you the things you need without having to break the bank.