How to Upgrade Your Closet on a Shoestring Budget

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired September 07, 2016

You don’t have to drop big bucks to get a fresh look for fall. Stylist Lawrence Zarian, author of, “Lawrence Zarian's Ten Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe,” shares three ways to make a few secondhand pieces go a long way. Because less waste and less cash makes for a happy shopper!

Use a Bold Print to Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

Don’t be afraid to add a bold statement piece to your fall wardrobe. Lawrence suggests pairing a vibrant Aztec printed jacket with comfy yet flattering black athleisure pants and brown booties.

Give Shape to a Shift Dress By Using a Button-Down

Give Shape to a Shift Dress By Using a Button-Down

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Want to dress up a shapeless shift? Layer a denim button-down over it and tie around the waist to create an instant waistline.

Pair a Bold Color with a Necklace for an Instant Nighttime Look

Get a long, lean look for nighttime by pairing a pop of color with black pants and black bootie heels. Adding a necklace is the perfect way to take the whole look to the next level.

So what are the best resources for getting your hands on some upcycled fashion (or cleaning out your closet to make room for a few new pieces)? You could organize a clothing swap with your pals like our guests did on today’s show, or join in an online clothing swap on sites like or

If swapping isn’t your thing but you still want to reduce clothing waste and save some major green, you can purchase pre-loved clothes on sites like online resale shop, and peer-to-peer luxury goods shops, and


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