Many of us are trying to pare down our wardrobes, shop less often, and add fewer pieces to our closets. However, we sometimes worry that in doing so, we might sacrifice style and not look as polished and put together as we’d like.
We often think we need to buy more in order to cultivate new looks and keep our style fresh. While buying new pieces is one way to update our look, it’s not the only way. There is a lot of possibility waiting to be unleashed inside our very own closets! Today’s useful links post focuses on the practice of “shopping your closet” and how it can help us to save money, better use what we have, and amp up our style quotient.
What Does It Mean to “Shop Your Closet” and Why Do It?
This first link comes from the queen of shopping your closet, Jill Chivers of shopyourwardrobe.com. In this classic post from 2010, Jill presents the two main facets involved in “shopping your wardrobe”: the proper attitude and creating a working wardrobe. Part of the attitude involves patience, as it takes time – often years! – to build a wardrobe that works for you. The first step is to stop shopping randomly!
Read this article for lots of helpful tips, written in Jill’s inimitable style. If you decide you want to really dive into shopping your wardrobe, check out Jill’s “30 Day Shop Your Wardrobe Challenge.” I’m definitely going to take on this challenge and will write about it in future posts!
Angie of “You Look Fab” shares her thoughts on why shopping your closet (SYC, for short) can be an important part of one’s style journey, as well as a great way to save money. She includes insights from one of her forum members on how shopping her closet provided multiple benefits even after a very short period of time. I recommend also reading the many comments (61!) on this post for a variety of perspectives on how SYC has impacted people’s lives.
Some Tips for How to Shop Your Closet
This article presents a fun and different perspective on shopping your closet. The author, one of the members of the “Let’s Fashion Talk” forum, recommends viewing your closet as a boutique and shopping it like you would your favorite store. Her method emphasizes putting together outfits by combining your favorite clothes and accessories, and using inspiration photos from magazines and catalogs to spark ideas. She also highlights how this approach can help you pare down your wardrobe in a less anxiety-provoking way.
Bridgette Raes writes that she’s probably the only style expert on the planet who doesn’t shop for sport. Perhaps that’s one reason why her articles always make so much sense! They are objective and sensible and a refreshing change from the types of articles most fashion professionals churn out. In this blog post, Bridgette offers advice for how to create new outfits using the pieces you already have. She includes sample outfit photos and some great tips for creating fun and fresh color combinations.
Huffington Post style writer, Anya Strzemien, found herself feeling incredibly bored with her clothes, so she hired consignment store manager Tara Muscarella to help her add some spark back into her wardrobe and style. Tara offers sage advice for all of us, as she helps Anya to re-style a few of her sentimental closet pieces. Be sure to check out the slide show which shows the new looks that Tara created for Anya. While I don’t love all of them, I definitely took inspiration from Tara’s creative styling approach.
Professional stylist Yanira Garza always likes to look in her clients’ closets before she shops with them. Most good stylists would agree, as there are generally more style building blocks in most people’s wardrobes than we realize. This article presents tips for accessorizing, layering, tailoring, and repurposing. It’s a quick read, but make sure to page through the slide show, as more content and some interesting photos are included there.
It’s always fun when I can include a video in my “useful links” posts! This one is from an episode of a Canadian television show called “Steven and Chris.” In this episode, they interview fashion stylist Genny Iannucci, who helps a viewer who recently lost a lot of weight to create a fresh new look using the existing pieces in her closet. Several new outfits are presented and lots of tips we can all use are given throughout.
The “shop your closet” segment ends halfway through the 16-minute video, but you may want to stay tuned. What follows is an entertaining relationship segment called “Dump or Keep.” In the last 3 minutes of the video, the style expert is back to demonstrate two new ways to tie oblong and square scarves. I’ve never seen these two scarf ties before! If you love scarves and are looking for new ways to wear them, I recommend you watch the video until the end.
I Hope These Links Inspired You!
I hope these links have inspired you to shop your closet! Even if you’re planning to shop in the stores soon, it’s a good idea to spend some time in your closet first to get a better idea of what you have and how it all works together. Working more with what you have will help you to better understand what might need to fill in the gaps. Who knows? You might find you don’t really need anything new right now!