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Stocking up on new shirts, dresses and pants doesn’t mean you have to shell out the big bucks. Here are eight ways to upgrade your closet…and save.

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ORGANIZE A CLOTHING SWAP WITH FRIENDS

For the less-worn items in your closet, this is a fun way to get your friends together and walk away with some free fashion finds. (Because that hot-pink strapless number was fun, but you can wear it only so many times.) Ask friends to bring four to five pieces they’re willing to part with, open a bottle of rosé and go from there.

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TAKE OLD ITEMS TO THE TAILOR

So, your trusty work sheath is suddenly sagging near your boobs? Don’t pass it off to Goodwill just yet. A tailor can work cost-effective wonders so that your dress (and a plethora of other items in your closet) will feel brand-new. 

RELATED: 7 Things You Should Take To The Tailor (And 4 Things You Shouldn’t)

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RE-PURPOSE A BRIDESMAID DRESS

Your now-married friend always told you: Yes, you will wear that floor-length number again. Which is actually a possibility if you have it hemmed and turned into a cute cocktail dress.

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AVOID DRY-CLEAN-ONLY ITEMS

You spent $198 on a silk dress--but it costs you $15 every time you wear it. Next time, before you buy, peep the care instructions first. Depending on the item, you may decide that dry-clean only just isn’t worth the extra expense. 

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SUBSCRIBE TO RENT THE RUNWAY UNLIMITED

This pretty sweet service allows you to have your pick of everyday workwear (think: silk blouses, pencil skirts and handbags) for $139 a month. It works a lot like Netflix DVDs: Pick three items and keep each one for as little or as long as you’d like. Every time you send something back, you can replace it with something new. It basically pays for itself in (free) dry cleaning and shipping alone.

RELATED: Sweet! Companies Are Now Paying for Unlimited Rent the Runway

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DON’T SKIP THE SHOPPING SURVEY

Nowadays, tons of stores--like the Gap--ask you to take a quick customer experience survey following a sale. (Details are typically included on your receipt.) Sure, it may take you an extra 15 minutes, but it typically earns you 10 to 15 percent off your next purchase. Not bad.

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SUBSCRIBE TO STORE EMAILS (AND INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS) FOR DEALS

We know your email inbox is a sacred place. But this is where brands announce promotions--like 40 percent off at Ann Taylor--first.

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PAY ATTENTION TO SEASONAL SALES

Depending on the item you’re buying, there is a prime time to shop and score major discounts and deals. For example, shorts and tees are typically marked down in June, while sandals and swimsuits tend to go on sale in July and August. Trust us, a little shopping strategy goes a long way.

RELATED: The Best Times Of Year To Buy All Your Clothing (and Save)

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