Your excitement for getting dressed in the morning might lessen if you’re wearing what you already have, and not the new looks from the runway. However, it doesn’t need to be as dreadful and dreary as it sounds. Shopping your closet might require skill and practice. So, keep on reading for the 6 creative ways to shop your closet and make old things new again.
- Before shopping any closet, organize it first for the task.
Try on everything, and narrow down your choices to things that fit and are in good condition. You may start by organizing everything in categories like shirts, coats, skirts, dresses, vests, jeans, tops, jackets, pants, skirts and such. Don’t differentiate each ensemble by season so you can use pieces all year round. You may also organize your clothes from light to dark and sub-categories from sleeveless to long-sleeved.
- Window shop.
Next pay attention to what the fashion magazines and style blogs are showing to provide you an inspiration for new combinations. Just look for things that are similar to what you already own. Like fashion blogger Jennifer Selmanovic, you might have a geometric print skirt that can spice up your plain white top and a bold colored bag that matches the color of your skirt that will give you a fresh look.
- Find a good tailor.
A good tailor is an essential tool of a closet shopper. You may find some things may just need a nip, a tuck, a narrower leg, or a shorter hem to take on your current proportions. You might have a dress that looks tired, but think about removing the bodice and wearing it as a skirt. Or, the bottom half of a dress may be hopelessly out of date, stained, or just boring that can be made into an interesting new top.
- Wear old things in new ways.
Experiment with what you have for some surprising results. Like fashion blogger Jennifer Selmanovic, you may try new combinations by mixing up your crop top, coat, and pants that can be perfect for the colder months. You may also play with contrasts. There’s a reason black and white are perennially in style, while bold colors can enliven a boring look.
- Accessorize or add a pop of color.
Fish out those big earrings and wear them again. Or, like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, update your classic striped top and a pair of wide leg pants with a pair of cobalt blue shoes and clutch. You may also wear a belt over everything to pull it all together or tie a sweater around your neck if you still need some warmth.
- Pace yourself.
You may have a wish list, but invest in the best that you can afford. Less expensive pieces usually look best in black. Also, classic prints like polka dots, houndstooth, stripes, and floral look more elegant over abstract and graphic patterns. By heeding our tricks, you’ll be able to look stylish and creative without spending a fortune.