Tips for Shopping Your Own Closet

I’m having a dilemma. It’s a dilemma I have every couple of months or so, especially around the changing of the seasons. You know the one I’m talking about, the dilemma of having a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear! I know, I know, total first world problem, but I can’t be alone in this struggle!

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I stand in front of my closet, anxiously flip through the hangers, once, twice, frantically for a third time, and ultimately become defeated and convinced I need to get my cloth-less self to the mall for a whole new wardrobe.

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There are several issues with this way of thinking. For one, it’s completely ridiculous, and somewhat delusional. Secondly, I’m trying to save money right now, so spending money would obviously be counterproductive to that goal. And ultimately, I clearly do have things to wear! Lots of them! I just need to style them differently to make them feel new again. That’s where shopping your own closet comes in!


Tips for Shopping Your Own Closet

  • De-clutter and Reorganize: In order to shop your closet, you have to know what’s in it! Dedicate some time to gathering all your clothes in one place, and sorting through them. Bonus: You can use this as a time to donate and/or discard any items that no longer fit, or that you’re no longer loving! (At this point in time however, I would strongly advise you only get rid of things that don’t fit, because you may be able to re-style some of the pieces you’ve convinced yourself are so last year!)
  • Evaluate Yourself, Envision Your Look: Fashion and sense of style can change rapidly, and dramatically, and these changes can majorly contribute to a person’s I-have-nothing-to-wear-dilemma. After you have narrowed down your wardrobe, take a moment to do some inward self-reflection and think about the look, and vibe you’re trying to convey. This will help you in repurposing your clothes and accessories going forward.
  • Experiment, and Play Dress-up: This may seem obvious, but actually put the clothes on! Don’t just assume you aren’t in love with something just because you don’t like how it looks shoved in your dresser drawer, or because you styled it once and weren’t crazy about the look. (Hopefully if you’ve done the first step, you’ve already tried your clothes on once!) The second time around, try things on with different pieces, different shoes, and don’t forget to add some jewels!
  • Start with a Focal Piece: If you find yourself struggling, try picking one piece and building an outfit around it! It could be your favorite pair of ripped jeans or the statement necklace you just had to have and haven’t worn in months. Old or new, pick a piece, and work around it!
  • Keep It Simple: It’s never wrong to just keep is simple, and go back to the basics. If you feel like your wardrobe isn’t up to par with current trends, reach for a fool proof combo like jeans and a white tee, or a sundress and some cute sandals or wedges. Shopping your wardrobe doesn’t have to end in a bunch of avant-garde outfit pairings, it’s just about re-discovering what you already own!

 

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