With a new season comes the itch to mix things up. Be it reorganizing the home after a long summer break, new flowers for the planter beds, lipstick, skincare, a new journal…you get the idea. But before you rush out and start shopping for pieces to elevate your wardrobe, consider a visit to your closet.
- Evaluate: Are there items in your closet you haven’t worn in a year? Consider pulling those pieces out of the closet and try each one on. TRY IT ON. It’s important to try it on and not just look wistfully at it. If it still fits in a way that flatters, and you love it – keep it to style up later. If it doesn’t fit or make you happy – donate or re-sell it. And, if you don’t even have the energy to try it on – need I say more?
- Pieces You Don’t Wear But Love: Does it need alterations? Are the straps too long? Does the hem drag on the ground? Did you have it altered for a pair of sky high pumps, yet now you prefer to wear flats? Is it too revealing? Does it need a hook closure to be comfortable? If you LOVE it, but NEVER wear it…why? Closet Orphans: you may not wear something you love, because you have nothing to wear it with…which takes us to #3.
- Does It Need A Mate? I try to shop with a list – buying pieces I NEED to create more outfits in my closet. But sometimes I am guilty of buying something for no darn reason at all; I just love it (usually it is a color or print that makes me happy). We all know, it doesn’t matter how fabulous something is, if you get it home and have nothing to wear with it. I call that a Closet Orphan. Does it require a different pair of shoes? A top that will flatter the bottom in question, or vise versa? What does the piece need to become an outfit?
- Make a List. Figure out what piece or pieces you are missing to create more outfits. Often times it’s a simple white tank that you can half tuck. Or, it may be a belt, shoes or special bra is needed to complete the look. Keep the list in your phone.
- Visit the Tailor! If you have a few pieces you WOULD wear if they were altered in someway, visit your tailor or DIY.
After this exercise you may find you need to shop for a few items, or not. I have helped many women clean, organize and style their wardrobes over the years. Most often, by the time we are finished, only a small list remains of pieces needed to purchase. But there are always pieces that need alterations, a mate to complete the look, donate, and/or re-sell.
After returning from NYC mid-June, I was obsessed with finding a wide-leg crop jumpsuit. I wanted one with my new favorite color in it, yellow. I looked and looked, until one day, while evaluating my closet, I came across a LONG wide leg floral jumpsuit that I had bought at Anthropologie back in February. I loved the print and wrap front styling. It one of those random Anthro Sale Closet finds. You know those pieces that go from $180 to under $20? I hustled up to the register hoping the price did not go up between the dressing room and the cash register. Once back home, I proudly hung my find up in my closet – and never wore it. The issue? In all my excitement, I bought this piece, despite the fact it was a size too big AND too long in length for any of the shoes I would wear with it. So it sat, and sat, and sat until one day in July it dawned on me to alter it. For $20, I had the length of the pant cut to a crop length and had the tailor adjust the straps to fit my body better. Done and done. A new piece, one like what I was on the hunt for, found right here in my own closet! Voila!
Before you shop, do you evaluate your closet? Do you have process that is similar to my 5 step analysis, or do you have your own? Do you keep a list of items that you are missing – ones that would complete a look in your closet? I’d love to know how you evaluate your closet and get it working for you. Drop me a line and join the discussion down below! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
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