The biggest misconception when it comes to fashion blogging is that you have to constantly shop to stay relevant. I like to think that as creatives, bloggers are better equipped to shop their own closet and work with less.
Back in the day (junior high/high school) it wasn’t very cool to repeat your outfits. Now that I’m older, I realize that nobody really cares. What is the point of only wearing your “it item” once, especially after you saved every last penny to get it?
Have you heard the phrase “shopping your closet?” Also known as, discovering new looks with what you already own. I’m here to tell you how this tip can benefit you in multiple ways. Plus, when you have fewer choices you’re often more creative. It gives the illusion that your wardrobe is bigger than it actually is. People always say to me “you must have a big closet.” If they only knew. That’s why I’m going to explain the importance of shopping your closet and why you should start if you haven’t already.
The Importance of Shopping Your Closet
- Save money. My goal this year is to save money and stick to a shopping budget. I cringe when I think about how much I have spent annually over the past several years. When you shop your closet, you find new and exciting ways to style your favorite pieces. I challenge you to create three different outfits using the same item. When you’ve completed the first exercise, try creating several other outfits with another piece. See previous outfit remixes to get you thinking outside the box. I do this same exercise with new purchases to assess their practicality. If I can’t find multiple ways to wear that piece there’s no point in keeping it.
- Identify gaps. Slow down for a minute and stop chasing all those shiny pennies! Take time to enjoy and evaluate the stuff you already own before jumping to find the next best thing. All of those pieces in your closet were once new, so give them the attention they deserve. Once you’ve done a proper assessment, you might rediscover past favorites.
- Rid yourself of “just ok,” items. After taking a proper account of everything in your closet, get rid of the pieces that you could live without or no longer love. See this post for online consignment or instant payout options.
- Make getting dressed enjoyable. If every time you reach for your favorite sweater it creates an avalanche of clothing, find a solution to fix it. I have so many sweaters that need to be folded, whenever I would grab one it was chaos. I ended up buying these and they have helped immensely.
I’m going to challenge you to shop your own closet and dust off those old gems! If you have any other tips, please share in the comments.
Cardigan: Garnet Hill (similar) | Blouse: Ann Taylor (similar) | Necklace: J.Crew (old) | Ring: Madewell (old) | Denim: Loft (similar) | Booties: Bare Trap (similar)| Purse: Margot via Marshalls| Lipstick: Bite Beauty (color no longer available)
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