With ads on your social media accounts hinting at new fall arrivals, you may have the tendency to buy brand new clothes for this season and the next. Have you ever thought about shopping your own wardrobe, though?
It’s easy to see a new trend or a fun look that’s nicely photographed online and instantly want to purchase it. Yet, there’s so much that we can do with the clothes that we already own if we just shuffle a few things around.
Analyze Your WardrobeOne of the best things I ever did for my wardrobe was analyze it. Trust me. It’s worth it in the long run. If you haven’t already, go through all of your clothes and try to only keep the things that you really, truly wear. This might sound like a lot, but in order to get excited about shopping your own wardrobe, you want to make sure that you genuinely like and enjoy wearing the clothing items that you already own.
I do this every once in a while to keep my closet and drawers fresh. If there are things that haven’t been getting much love, I donate them to someone who’s actually going to put them to good use.
Compartmentalize Your WardrobeWhen you are constantly looking at the same clothes day in and day out, it can be easy to fall into a trap of feeling like you have nothing to wear. That’s why about a year or so ago I started compartmentalizing my wardrobe, and it has astronomically changed the way that I look at the clothes I already own.
There will be some items that stay out for all seasons, but the biggest thing is that you are looking at clothes that work for that particular season during that season. The clothes that you won’t be gravitating towards during the fall should be stored in containers. Then, as the seasons change, you can swap out one season for the next, and it will make you feel like you just got a whole new wardrobe.
Shop Your Wardrobe
The best way to shop your wardrobe – whether it’s for the current season or the next – is by switching things up. We all have a tendency to create an outfit that we like and wear it the same way over and over again until we get tired of it.
However, shopping your wardrobe allows you to take the clothes you already made outfits for and create completely new looks. Plus, by previously compartmentalizing your wardrobe, it’s even more fun to shop your wardrobe during transitional periods.
As we are beginning the autumn season, you can take things you previously wore for summer and intertwine them with items that you stored away for fall. You may think, “I don’t know how to come up with outfits on my own,” but there are plenty of options available. Not only can you get style inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram, but there are several personal clothing stylist apps available – most of which cost nothing.
Ultimately, the most important thing is that you have fun. Remember, clothes are just another way to express yourself.