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Anybody else at a weird crossroads with clothes? And how do you save?

It’s been a long 18 months. In that time, our lifestyles have changed, our habits have changed, our needs have changed, our bodies have changed and our budgets have changed.

Thankfully, my shopaholic days are behind me, but I do still enjoy playing around with my personal style and putting together outfits that make me feel like my best self. It’s a form of expression I value, so I budget for it. I’m still working remotely, so I don’t yet need to revamp my work wardrobe, but I am tired of wearing sweatpants and pajamas day in and day out. But, as I’ve begun putting on “real” clothes each day, I’ve started feeling like my closet is a bit outdated — and some pieces are just plain ill fitting now.

So, I’ve been doing some online shopping here and there — but I’m officially stumped. It seems like my go-to stores aren’t quite cutting it anymore, and things that were “in” a year and a half ago are long gone. I do like to mix it up with some older pieces (I love thrifting!) and I’ve recently found a few new sustainable brands I love. But overall, I’m having a hard time zeroing in on which wardrobe staples will give me the most bang for my buck, where to find updated versions of those things, and how to save as much money as possible while still giving myself a little freedom to feel good in my clothes again.

Anyone else at the same weird crossroads with clothing and all the factors (cost, ethics, need vs. want, body fluctuations, changing lifestyles, etc.) that go into rebuilding a wardrobe? And how do you save money when it comes to clothes? Clothing swaps? Thrifting? Shopping the sales? One of those clothing rental services?

Grace Schweizer is the social media manager for The Penny Hoarder.

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