Over time, it’s easy to get bored with the garments in your closet, especially the ones you’ve had hanging around for years. It’s only natural to want new clothing when fashion trends change so frequently and you see others wearing eye-catching outfits that dazzle and delight.
Of course, giving your wardrobe and overhaul can be pretty pricey, so you have to be smart about how you spend. In other words, you need a plan. Here are a few tips to help you give your wardrobe a makeover.
Clear the Clutter
The place to begin with any makeover is an “out with the old, in with the new” mentality. This means clearing out garments you really don’t wear and probably never will. Remember that furry jacket you just had to have when you saw it in a music video 5 (or was it 10?) years ago? You know, the one that still has a tag on it. That’s got to go.
When clearing the clutter, be careful to keep useful basics like LBDs, suiting, and other wardrobe staples since these can be repurposed when paired with new items. What you’re really doing is removing the outliers that are just taking up space.
Think about trading them in at high-end thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange to get store credit and start working on your new wardrobe, or at least hold a garage sale to get a few extra bucks to use toward new pieces.
Work with What You’ve Got
Sometimes all you need to remake your wardrobe is a little creativity. For example, have you considered the possibility of layering pieces you already have to make entirely new outfits?
One recent trend involves layering skirts over dresses. You can put an entirely new spin on a dress by virtually turning it into a top. How about taking that pretty, satin corset you usually reserve for the bedroom and wearing it over a stiff, button-down shirt, or even a tee?
When you start putting pieces together in new ways, you may find that making over your wardrobe is as simple as looking at the pieces you have with a new eye.
Any wardrobe makeover is going to require you to buy at least a few new pieces. The place to start is by doing an inventory to see what you have and what you’re missing. If you’ve got an abundance of blouses, but no tees, fill the gap with some plain, white basics and a few statement pieces like a “real men marry nurses shirt“, for example.
If you’re not sure where to go from there, look for inspiration in fashion magazines, Pinterest boards, and women on the street (snap pics unobtrusively to copy their style). With a little inspiration, you can add a few new garments and accessories to your existing wardrobe to completely update your style.