One thing I find friends, family, and clients constantly struggling with is how to keep their closet exciting. It’s a space we enter every day and it can get a little dull from time to time. When this happens we find ourselves itching to run to the store and pick up some new fancy frock, which can put the feelings of boredom off for a while, but they inevitably come around again and you find yourself at the store again buying something new again.
It’s a vicious cycle we fall into, especially when we feel the need to continually spend more and more money just to keep our wardrobe inspiring.
What you may not know is there are ways to battle these feelings of boredom and lack of inspiration without spending a dime – In fact, today we’re going to discuss five easy tricks you can do right now to make your closet feel new and exciting again.
1. Mix & Match
You’ve probably heard this tip time and time again, but it truly helps open your eyes to more possibilities with what you already own. Try imagining different outfit combinations you can create with one item. You can take it out and try pairing it with each item in your closet. For example, say you have a basic sweater you typically wear with jeans, maybe try it with a pair of printed trousers, or throw it under a blazer, or layer it over a summer dress, or tuck it into a skirt. The point is, the options are endless as long as you’re willing to experiment.
Never underestimate the power of accessories, they can completely change a look and maximize your wardrobe. Shoes, belts, hats, jewelry, and scarves are all cost effective items that can easily multiply outfit combos. This is a key tip to keeping your closet fresh and exciting without hurting your bank account.Try taking a basic top and styling it in different ways using only accessories – go classic with pearls, boho with bangles and beads, trendy with statement gems, or edgy with metal and chains.
3. Focus on a Key Item
Similar to mix & match, try planning an entire outfit around a key item. It can be anything from a bold shoe, to a funky necklace, to a sharp blazer. Challenge yourself and build an outfit around your fashion fetishes, anything you love and have lots of, something that just says, loud and clear, ‘you’. If you really want an item to pop and be the center of attention, pair it with more basic and neutral pieces. For example, I love a bold shoe – so whenever I want it to stand out I make sure the rest of my outfit is relatively neutral in comparison.
4. Downgrade Your Wardrobe
I know that sounds crazy and you may be thinking ‘I don’t want to downgrade!’, but hear me out. Do you have a handful of dressy items that you’ve subconsciously deemed “too fancy” for everyday wear or you’re just waiting for the right occasion to wear it? Chances are if it hasn’t happened this year, it’s not going to happen the next (or the next after that, let’s be real). If you “downgrade” your clothes, as in take them down a step from how you typically view them – what you previously viewed as a fancy cocktail dress, you now look at as a nice piece for the office. This not only helps you get more use out of your clothing but it also gets you to start reimagining your wardrobe.
5. First in/Last Out
Many times we feel the need to run out and buy something new because we fall into a bit of a style rut as we find we’re wearing the same thing day in and day out. The “first in/last out” strategy can help you stop wearing the same items constantly and open you up to your other fabulous frocks. After wearing a certain outfit, hang those items in the most remote corner of your closet, this forces you to look at only pieces you haven’t worn recently and challenges your brain to get creative.
I want to note that this post isn’t meant to make you feel you should never go shopping, I love shopping and I encourage you to do so if your budget allows. This is simply to help you find ways to maximize what you already own and keep from shopping/buying unnecessarily. Keeping money in your pocket for when you do find that special piece that rocks your world and your wardrobe!
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