In my previous post, I mentioned that one of my closet goals is to get the most use out of clothes I already own. With a limited budget, I’ve had to come up with creative ways to make my closet go a long way. I have learnt to “shop my closet”. Here are seven ways that can help you shop your closet.
#Clean out the excess
If you haven’t worn an outfit in a year, chances are you will never wear it again. Using MyStylePad’s wardrobe edit chart, keep only items you truly love. Trust me, it will pay off in the long run. To supplement your clothing budget, find ways to get money for your old and unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories.
Organize your closet by category (and if you are obsessive like me, you can arrange by color as well). Group similar items (such as pants) together, this will make your closet more visible to you as well as make putting an outfit together really easy. For example, if you are thinking of wearing a pencil skirt to work, you can easily find one in the section for skirts. Finish the outfit off by picking the appropriate top in the section for tops.
# Define your personal style
Defining your personal style should come after your closet has been decluttered. It is my experience that if you try to define your style by items you already own, you will convince yourself to keep items you don’t need. I have written a couple of posts in the past on how to define your personal style; find them here and here. You can also look through Pinterest for inspiration.
#Fill holes in closet
Post decluttering, grow your closet with essentials as needed. Create a shopping list with closet “needs” and not “wants.” Use this list as a guide to building the closet of your dreams. Click here for tips to building a classic closet.
#Become a remixer
In the past, I had certain items in my closet that I loved and would wear over and over again in the exact same combination. However, I soon realized that getting the most out of my closet meant trying to be creative in my combinations of outfits and styling old items in new ways. For example, if you have always worn a sleeveless peplum top by itself, to switch it up, try layering it with a long sleeved classic shirt. Try wearing a dress as a top with your favorite pencil skirt. Try mixing fabrics and colors in new ways as well.
#Practice dress-up often
“Practice makes perfect” applies to styling too! If you buy a new item, before placing it in your closet, try combining it with your other closet items to create various outfits. Try this with existing closet items that you’re trying to “remix.” This is one of the few cases where playing dress-up for adults is highly encouraged!
When you think of a great idea for an outfit, write it down or take a picture of it. Creating your outfit ideas based on pieces you actually own is very practical. Magazines and Pinterest are great sources of style inspiration, let them serve as guides to creating new color combinations, mixing print patterns etc.
BONUS TIP: If after all the above-mentioned you still feel lost, find a fashionable friend and bake/cook them their favorite treat. In exchange for your treats, may be they can help you out of your closet funk.
UPCOMING POST: As some of you know, the month of July is very special to me as it is my birthday month. This year’s birthday is extra special since it is a milestone birthday for me. To celebrate that, I have been working on a special series for the blog titled “30 FOR 30″ which simply means using 30 closet pieces to create 30 different outfits for 30 days. The idea is not new, it was made popular by another blogger, Kendi of www.kendieveryday.com. Throughout the month of July, I will be posting about this challenge and the outfits I create with these 30 pieces. Look out for more information next week.
To my readers in the US, have a great 4th of July holiday!