Winter is here again and dreams of designer wardrobes have started to dance through the head of moms across the country. For many moms, the fantasy of owning a high fashion wardrobe is just that – a fantasy.

However, you don’t need to be rich to look ready for the runway. There are plenty of ways to assemble an outfit that looks like it cost as much as a car without trading in the minivan. Here are a few tips that can help you do just that.

Looking for Boots? Buy them Used!

Have your eye on a pair of oh-so-popular leather riding boots? Well, last season’s boots can be this season’s treasures if you know where to look for them. Start off by browsing your local thrift stores and junk shops. These places can be very hit-or-miss when it comes to footwear, but they always seem to have a decent selection of used leather boots.

If they don’t have anything in stock, then check out the designer boots for sale on eBay and other used outlets. Before bidding for anything online, though, make sure you try it on in a store first. Since sizes vary by brand, you want to make sure that new (to you) pair of boots fits before it arrives on your doorstep.

Don’t Be Afraid of Budget Coats

Don’t let a top-shelf brand fool you into paying top-shelf price for a coat. Though some things are worth paying name-brand prices for, winter coats aren’t one of them. No matter what kind of coat you want, you can likely find an identical garment under a different brand for a much lower price.

For instance, this Burberry bomber jacket retails for $2,000. You can find a nearly identical coat by Espirit for $200 here.  Don’t fall victim to brand inflation. A budget-model coat will look just as good – and keep you just as warm – as a name brand jacket for a tenth of the price. Plus, you can always sew on some different buttons and accent stones to make it seem more expensive.

Get a Quality Cardigan

No winter wardrobe is complete without a cardigan. These knitted garments are warm, cozy and highly versatile. You can dress one up with a belt and some nice jewelry for a night out on the town or layer it with your current selection of blouses and shirts to create a stylish look for the office. It will add a touch of class to your outfit no matter how you choose to wear it.

When it comes to shopping for cardigans, department stores like Target and large fashion retailers like H&M should be the first place you look. They offer a large, fashionable selection of cardigans at a lower price than you’ll find in the boutiques. You can score one of these winter essentials for as little $30, which is great considering how often you should be wearing it.

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

If you can’t afford a bunch of new dresses, then you can at least give your current closet a facelift with some new accessories. Scarves and knit hats can match tons of dresses for a pittance. Get a chunky knit scarf in a neutral tone for daily wear and pick up a bright, patterned scarf for those nights out with your friends.

Bags can also be a great way to spruce up a drab coat. Since you likely already have a “go-to” neutral bag, consider adding a splash of color with a bright carry-all. It will help liven up your outfit and make those old sweaters and pencil skirts seem new again.

Assembling a runway-ready winter wardrobe is easy, even for the thriftiest of moms. Keep your eyes sharp for deals and investigate thrift stores and eBay like we discussed and you should be able to get a great bargain on all of these outfits.