Post-Divorce Make-Over on a Budget

Refurbishing Your Wardrobe on a Post-Divorce Budget

They say you dress in the era you were happiest in. Unfortunately, if you’re recently divorced, that era might not be the present. So, more than likely, you’ll be on the lookout for changing out the dated clothes in the closet for items that better fit the new you and the future.

But what can you do if you want to get away from your old look and re-invent yourself with a new style, but don’t have the budget? After all, divorce can be pricey and you may be grappling with a new home and new expenses.

Fortunately, with the divorce rate around half, you are not the first person to be experiencing this. In fact, this week’s guest works with people who are trying to revamp their wardrobe with a post-divorce budget.

This week I spoke with Alyssa Dineen, founder of Style My Profile, a personal stylist service for divorcees. She works with them to feel better about how they look and then build a great online dating profile to help them confidently get back out into the dating world. This week I’ll be taking a look at her experience, perspective and advice.

Shop Online

These days, you don’t have to live in Manhattan or Los Angles to find the latest fashions. There are thousands of sites with all sorts of clothing options. And the bonus is that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. So if the thought of facing crowds and trying on clothes in a tiny changing room sounds like just a little too much, turn your sites to the many online shopping sites.

Quality Over Quantity

It can be tempting to throw all your clothes in a trash bag and fling it over the fence. There’s something dramatic and permanent about it. But that would likely leave you with a shortage of clothes and you might rush to get clothes fast and without taking your time to make sure it’s right. Look for quality pieces that can serve as a solid foundation for a brand new wardrobe. While it may be a slower strategy, ultimately it will lead to more thoughtful purchases and less regret.

Update Slowly

Getting the latest look doesn’t have to be a sudden move. Purchasing a few new pieces—belts, scarves, jewelry—can help you get the boost from updating your style without the burden of a major investment.

Be Sure to Edit Items Out

With all the updating, you run the risk of over-stuffing your closet which can be just as paralyzing as having nothing to wear. As you get new clothes, take some time to get rid of old items that just aren’t “you” anymore. You might be surprised at how satisfying it is.

If you’re considering divorce but would like to try an approach that might mean a brighter future, call my team to schedule a confidential consultation.