Adorable, no? I love these two outfits more than anything I’ve purchased recently (but to be fair the blanket cape is a new edition to my closet, Ann Taylor has been having ridiculous sales lately)! Also the plaid blazer was purchased a couple weeks ago from Target (and is still available)! Everything else, however, is older.
So I put together some helpful tips to help me and you shop our closets more!
Tips for Shopping Your Closet:
- Begin with a clean, organized, and edited closet (click here for help in that department). You need to be able to see what you have in order to maximize your wardrobe. It is also a good idea to mix up the arrangement of your closet regularly, so older items don’t get lost in the back of the closet or at the bottom of a draw.
- Find inspiration. I am often inspired by Atlantic-Pacific. She combines pieces in really innovative ways and inspires me to think outside the box. Go to your favorite fashion blogger’s archives or Pinterest and find an outfit to recreate with your closet. I am starting a new Pinterest board to keep track of the looks I want to recreate. But remember, it doesn’t have to be literal inspiration. You may not have every piece, but think about why you like a look. Is it the colors, layering, or proportions? Patterns, colors, and proportions are easier to replicate than specific items.
- Tailor old items. Turn a dress you are tired of into a matching top and skirt, or transform an item by playing around with its hem. It’s amazing how a great tailor can transform a piece of clothing. You can also inexpensively change out buttons, which believe it or not, can transform a jacket or cardigan.
- Do a 30 X 30 wardrobe challenge. If you really want to challenge yourself and maximize your closet, select 30 items of clothing and wear only those items for 30 days! Your creativity will surprise you. It helped me cultivate and define my style. You can read about my previous 30 X 30 challenges here and here. I am not doing one now because January to August will be its own wardrobe challenge and I don’t want to limit myself before I live out of a suitcase for seven months.
- Finally, keep a running list of items you wish you had. This can help you pinpoint exactly which items your wardrobe would really benefit from. For example, I have found a lot of inspiration looks with black turtlenecks. Since I don’t own any turtlenecks, it is on the top of my list! This will ensure the pieces you do buy are versatile and will integrate into your wardrobe.