I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly feeling the need to shop. (Following over 100 fashion bloggers on Instagram doesn’t help my issue, I’m sure of it.) Somehow, the fun items I buy never seem like enough—there’s always something else I could purchase, to make my closet better. My wardrobe more stylish.
But where does that leave me? Always wanting more. Never appreciating the items I have. And constantly unhappy. (Wow. This took a deeper turn than I intended.) When I find myself falling into this clothing hole, I do two things. First, I turn off Instagram. (What now? Yes.) The less bombardment of new things, the better. And second? I shop my closet.
Sounds a bit boring. I promise you, it’s not.
How many times have you bought something and tossed it into your closet, only to forget about it? Sometimes, when we’re buying item after item after item, we compile so many things we can’t remember all the pieces we already own. There’s something freeing about shopping your own closet. Something entirely creative about it too. I adore a good try on session—I blast some music, take out all the items in my closet, and just create—new trends; new pattern combinations; new pairings I never put together because I was too busy buying that next item. And suddenly, after an hour or so, I’ve discovered so many new and fun ways to wear the clothes I already own.
A few tips on how best to shop your closet:
- Set aside time. Maybe even pour yourself a cup of tea (or wine); put on a movie in the background or your favorite album. Just as you set aside time to shop, block out a chunk of time to study your closet.
- Remove any items you don’t like or haven’t worn in a month. Toss, giveaway, bag it—whatever you need to do to purge. I often feel like I “don’t have anything to wear” because I’m seeing items I don’t wear or like anymore. If they’re gone? I’ve got a better chance at wanting to shop my closet.
- Lay out outfits on your bed. From shoes to jeans to tops to jackets—even jewelry and bags. It’s a bit like a puzzle—see what goes together or what doesn’t. Mixing and matching (for me) is so visual. So when I lay things out and start putting items together, I have a better understanding for what I might want to try on.
- Try things on. Once you have an outfit together—put the whole thing on. Earrings. Shoes. That scarf you forgot about. Create an entire look. If something feels off? Swap it out for another item.
- Repeat. I can do this for hours. Yes, it takes time. But when I’m done? I’ve turned what I thought was a boring closet into my very own retail store. I’ve created new outfit combinations I never thought I had. Which makes dressing for events, parties, work, etc., all the more easy when I know I have the outfit for it.
Are you ready to shop your closet? Leave a comment below and tell us about it!
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