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How to build your winter wardrobe on a budget

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Winter fashion for less

Maybe you've moved to a colder climate recently or perhaps you just want to update your wardrobe. Whatever the reason you need new winter clothes, you can do it on the cheap. Follow these tips to build your winter wardrobe on a budget.

Winter shoppingStart with staple pieces

Cardigans, turtlenecks, wool skirts, jeans and knee-high boots are all winter essentials, as well as a warm coat. Sweaters and other staple pieces can be found at retailers like Gap and Old Navy at very low prices. Right now Gap is having a BOGO free sale on any sweater, both in store and online. With regular prices as low as twenty bucks, this is a fantastic sale. Your staple pieces should be neutral colors that can mix and match to extend your wardrobe.

Head to thrift shops

For coats and accessories, thift shops and consignment stores often have high quality pieces at low discount prices. You can find well constructed coats and classic hats (like fedoras), as well as handbags, jewelry and other treasures that are gently used.

Use sample sale sites

Join sample sale and flash sale websites such as Gilt Groupe, ideeli, HauteLook, Editors' Closet, etc. On these sites, you can purchase designer clothes and accessories at a fraction of the retail price. Plus when you refer friends, you earn referral credits to buy even more.

Invest in boots

If there's one item you are going to wear all winter, like a fantastic pair of boots, be willing to splurge a little. Of course, you should still look out for sale prices. However if you have spend a bit more, weigh the price to how often you are going to wear them.

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