How to Improve Your Wardrobe Without Shopping

30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

I am reaching the end of a six month shopping fast. It can be quite easy to get bored of your wardrobe when you don’t buy anything new over an extended period of time. If, like me, you find your wardrobe to be a creative outlet, you might find that wearing the same items day in and day out uninspiring.

This boredom can become the trigger for breaking your shopping fast. Never fear! There are ways to help bring joy back into your look without breaking the shopping ban.

Here are some tips to improve your wardrobe without shopping.

  1. Wear what you own in new ways. I feel like I talk about this so often, but it really is key in keeping a small wardrobe interesting. Do not be limited by the cut and colour of an item. Test it out with different item combinations. Try wearing it for a different purpose. Do not be afraid to layer, as this is the easiest way to find new life in your closet.
  2. Upcycle your clothing. I recently wrote about upcycling two items in my wardrobe. I transformed a skirt into a pair of pants, and a pashmina into a kimono style jacket. The details and DIYs are available to my Patreon subscribers. The transformation does not need to be this dramatic though. Sometimes altering a sleeve or a hemline can be enough to repurpose an item. You might not even need any special sewing skills either, just check out Pinterest for millions of simple and achievable DIYs!
  3. Borrow or swap. It’s easy to forget that other people around us also get bored of their wardrobes. Consider a clothes swap party with friends, or raiding a loved one’s wardrobe. This is a really simple way to add variety to your wardrobe. Sometimes it’s just one item that can reinvigorate your closet and give you new inspiration.


Below is a video discussing these ideas in more detail. Check out my YouTube channel for new minimalist videos every week. Follow me on Instagram, where I record my minimalist outfits. Check me out on Facebook for resources and updates. I also have a Patreon account, where for a small donation you can view additional content.



  1. Hi there, I loved these tips, especially the first one about wearing items in different ways. I thought a great example of this was in your last video when you wore your black slip dress as a dress, a tunic, a top and sometimes in conjunction with another dress. Thanks for the inspiration, Lxx

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  2. The boredom factor is why Project 333 is for me. Unpacking things that I haven’t worn for one or two seasons provides a little frisson of excitement.

    I live in Reno Nevada which has definite seasons, so the weather is my excuse for having more clothes than you have in your mild climate.

    Perhaps expanding your closet by eight to ten items & packing some things away for a few months will keep things more interesting. More possibilities for new combinations, too.

    I love your style & look forward to your videos every week.

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