You guys. I’ve gotten so bored with my wardrobe. Like, every morning is a struggle to put together something that doesn’t make me feel like a frumpy old maid. (Then again, getting dressed last minute doesn’t leave much time for creativity. Step 1: Plan ahead. And wake up a little earlier, Erin!)
But seriously. I feel like I wear the same thing every day. And I’m tired of it. I’m one of those people whose mood is directly correlated to how I look. Call me vain but it’s true. When you look good, you feel good and that typically means you’re in a better mood. Amen? Amen.
Money is also tight right now and I haven’t been able to shop in what feels like forever. (No, seriously. I can’t even tell you the last time I bought an article of clothing. It’s baaaaad.) So, when you can’t afford to add to your wardrobe, you have to find ways to reinvent and work with what you have. I’m no stranger to utilizing the crap out of an article of clothing. (Exhibit A: LBD Six Ways) But this also takes a little bit of planning and creativity.
So, I’ve decided to challenge myself. Instead of moping around the house every morning frustrated because I JUST DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO WEAR UGH, I’m going to reinvent my wardrobe and come up with some new outfit ideas. Here’s some steps that have helped me.
Step 1: Purge your closet.
Clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories – get rid of things that you don’t wear. Sell them if they’re worth it and donate the rest. Don’t cloud your creativity by surrounding yourself with items that you don’t love. I’m in the process of going through my closet.
Step 2: Think outside of the box.
Mix patterns you wouldn’t normally mix, wear something in a new way, dust off an item you haven’t worn in a while, add different accessories. There’s so much possibility, you just have dig a little deeper.
Step 3: Take photos.
Lay out outfits as you create them and take photos. Save them in their own album on your phone (if you’re OCD like me). Use this as inspiration for the days you’re feeling less than creative. It’s like having your own personal lookbook!
Step 4: Look online.
There are tons (like, literally) of fashion inspiration online. Browse Pinterest, search Instagram, find a new blog. Look at their outfits and try to recreate something out of your closet. This is the best way to come up with new and inventive ways to style your wardrobe.
Step 5: Add inexpensive pieces when you can.
Shop sale racks and thrift stores. Slowly add items you love and mix them into the items you already own. Give new life to something from a dusty thrift store rack. Stalk your favorite stores until the items you’ve been really lusting over go on sale. Find cheaper alternatives to your favorite designer pieces at discount stores. There’s plenty of ways to cut corners in your wardrobe.
I hope these steps help you to see your wardrobe in a new light. I’ve had fun reinventing my style. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I’m a scarf addict. (I have 28 scarves in various colors and fabrics.) I’m ok with that because scarves are also a great way to spice up your look. But that’s a post for another day.
Happy reinventing, friends!