Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rediscovering Your Wardrobe

You know that moment when you feel completely defeated by your closet? You find yourself sitting in front of it, praying that something shiny & new will appear for you to wear to that party/hot date/event/meeting/what-have-you?You know the one..
Seriously, there's probably a wear in the carpet in front of my close for this exact reason [via]
My sister and I were talking about our closets today & how we somehow manage to always have them packed, but constantly feel the need for something new. I believe I referred to it as "disgusting", and after evaluating my closet situation again while putting away laundry last night, I stand by that statement. Seriously... I have more than one person needs. Though, that is the case with most of us, right? I personally believe my abundance of clothes is thanks to my crazy great bargain shopping skills, nonetheless, it's outta control to think "i need something new", when I have things hanging in there with the tags still on... EVEN IF I know I can get an unbelievable deal on it.
I found myself needing to weed some things out of my closet in order to hang clean laundry
(again, I disgust myself), and in doing so I rediscovered a few items I kind of forgot about!
It was like that finding a twenty in your coat pocket feeling... amazing!
I realized I have not 1, not 2, but 3 tops I am interested in pairing with a skirt I have never worn. I have 2 or 3 dresses that will find their way to my body for the first time come spring & wedding season. And I found a couple of tops I had smooshed to the back because I thought them to be "summery", but when I pulled it from the back of the closet to reorganize and it landed back on the bar next to my favorite gold cardigan... well, it was love at first sight for them & now they don't want to be apart. It was all the joy in buying something new and pretty, except I didn't have to hear that horrible "brrriiiinnnnnggg" sound the debit/credit card machine makes when your swipe is good.
So, I'm urging y'all to go stand in front of your closet and show it who's boss.
(that's you, you're boss!)

Here are 5 quick tips to get you going:
- Make 3 stacks: 1)never wear/worn 2)toss/donate/sell 3)classics
- Evaluate your "never wear/worn" pile. Why haven't you worn it? Second guessing it now?
Add it to your "toss/donate/sell" pile & then get that pile out of your line of vision for
a while!
- Lay your "classics" & "never wear/worn" piles out on your bed or floor & mix them all together. Pick & pair!
- If you have items that you think are too formal, fancy or stuffy for everyday, try adding a cardigan or pairing it with jeans or leggings to dress it down a bit. Add layers to give it some spunk! It could give it a totally different life for you.
- Now is a good time to pull out accessories & shoes... because sometimes that is what makes an outfit. My current favorite outfit is a thin sweatshirt, skinny jeans, riding boots and a long necklace. It's simple and to the point, but still cute.

Oh, the joy of rediscovering you [via]

Now, go! Shoo!
Have fun ;)

8 love notes:

  1. Oh, I totally need to do a closet cleanup!

  2. I totally need to do this tonight...I have been in a fashion funk lately. nothing but hoodies jeans and sneakers

  3. great ideas! I need to go through my closet, it is overflowing and I know I dont wear half of the stuff in there.

  4. this is a really great idea. I think step #1 for me might be getting all my clothes in my closet. I have a tendency to leave them in suitcases too long. oops

    p.s. in your "about me" pic, you look STUNNING!


  5. A closet clean-out has been on my to-do list for the entire year (all 18 days of it). I need to get this done this week...thanks for the advice!

  6. great post! my closet/outfits are in serious need of a thorough comb through. like yours, its disgustingly full and i don't even know what i have anymore! xo


  7. I love this post! Everything you said is SO true. I recently discovered the art of pairing the old with the new and coming up with a HOT outfit. It's such a great feeling. =)


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