8 Ways to Maximize Your Teenager's Wardrobe

8 Ways to Maximize Your Teenager’s Wardrobe

Find Outfits that You Can Mix and Match

Mixing and matching clothing is a great way to save money and make each piece of clothing in your wardrobe count. If you don’t know how to do this, now is a great time to learn. When searching for tops, ask yourself if you can tuck it in, wear it out, tie or knot it, or add a belt? A shirt that can do all 4 of these styles is a great shirt because it gives you 4 different ways to wear it. Then ask yourself if the top would look good with a jeans, slacks, or skirt? If so, then you have increased the number of ways that you can wear your outfits.

Find Shirts That Won’t Look Worn After a Few Washes

This is one area that the stylist helped me tremendously. If you have ever worn a cotton shirt, you probably have noticed those small knots all over the shirt making it look worn out. Instead of buying cotton shirts, unless they are super cheap, you should try to find shirts that are made of materials like polyester and rayon. These will hold up and last much longer than those cotton t-shirts.


My daughter loves wearing jeans especially to school. Jeans typically hold up and are suitable for wearing to class. However, some schools have a strict dress code so you should avoid buying jeans that don’t fit the dress code like the ripped jeans, tube tops, tank tops, ect.

Accessorize Your Outfits

You can easily add a few accessories to your outfit to give it a new look. Don’t worry you don’t have to spend a bunch of money on accessories at first and you can slowly add to your collection throughout the year. You can simply add a necklace, scarf, shaw, or a wrap to your favorite outfit.


Pick a few pairs of shoes that will go with most of your outfits. Opt for neutral colors like black or brown because you can wear them all year long. If you pick colored shoes like white or red, you can only wear them with certain outfits.

Before heading the mall, grab another person to go with you and your teenager shopping. After all, shopping is more fun when you aren’t alone or want to get another person’s opinion while trying on clothes. Remember that you don’t have to get all of your child’s clothing at the beginning of the school year. You can spread it out over the next few months or even add items to your teenagers birthday or Christmas wish list.

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16 responses to “8 Ways to Maximize Your Teenager’s Wardrobe”

  1. Michele Avatar

    Sounds like a great plan for anyone with a teen! Teens are hard to buy for to begin with.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Yes they are picky. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Holly Avatar

    Great tips. Budget is key for us.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Yes, it is important to teach them about setting budgets so that they can operate a household when they are older.

  3. Mrs. AOK Avatar

    I think we can all use these tips! I certainly try to implement these for myself, too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve picked up shirts and put them down if I think this won’t last long or if there’s a possibility my fur baby will ruin it.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Yes, I am going to be more picky going forward.

  4. Christy Maurer Avatar

    I’m lucky that my son doesn’t care too much about clothes! He’s happy with Plato’s closet (a resale shop by us) or Goodwill!

    1. Pam Rote Avatar

      my daughter just was introduced to Plato’s Closet over the summer LOVES IT!!!!

    2. Christy Avatar

      I will have to check out Plato’s closet.

  5. Pam Rote Avatar

    I love the tip about wearing the top 4 ways. Before my daughter started school we did the pairing down the closet, we found she had an ABUNDANCE of tops that would still work-thank goodness for hoodies too because short sleeve T can be layered all year long. Her jeans however were almost all to short- She grew 3 1/2 inches over the summer! She did get to buy 2 new pairs and as for the rest we’re THRIFT STORE JUNKIES =D

    1. Christy Avatar

      I love pairing down the closet then you can really see what you have to work with. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Fathima Syedali Avatar
    Fathima Syedali

    Perfect ideas for everyone who has teenagers. And Yes, Mixing and matching clothing is a definitely great way to save your money. shopping is more fun when you do with a perfect plan on your own way, that too when you are going to try clothing. A well planned budget shopping could always save time and give us more pleasure.

  7. April - My Bizarre Family Avatar

    Great tips for the picky teenager! I think almost all teenagers are picky when It comes to their clothes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jamie Avatar

    Great tips!! Our son has to wear a uniform for school, so we don’t have to worry too much about fads, etc. We’ve told him that if he wants certain things, he needs to save up and buy them himself! Clothes are too expensive nowadays and with a teenage boy, they only fit for what? a week? :p

  9. Courtney Lynn Howell Avatar

    Such great advice! While it will be a few years until my daughter is a teenager, these tips will DEFINITELY come in handy. I'll have to store them away and keep them for good use.

  10. Mitch Ryan Avatar

    I could use these tips myself. I never do any of these. I end up buying the expensive ones which really hurt my budget or buying the cheaper ones but regret it later. Thanks