For the month of January / February, I’m considering a shopping freeze. Honestly, I’ve felt like such a lush lately. We purchased furniture from Pottery Barn (and re did our living & dining room), bought a new SUV and my closet has seen one too many purchases as well. Of course, we’re always money wise and only buy what we can afford, but still, I don’t love the cycle of get money, spend money. It’s healthy, and eye opening, to stop spending and quench the “I need more stuff” voice. So today, I’m delving in and chatting on how I shop my closet!
Typically, when it comes to acquiring new things? It goes a little something like this… I have somewhere to go and immediately feel like I need something new. But no, I really don’t. I have several beautiful pieces in my wardrobe and most of them have never been seen by all the people in my life. So, technically, I have something new to wear. Instead of heading to the mall? I browse pinterest and head to my closet armed with inspiration. Things like, a simple chignon, a gorgeous turtleneck and a simple pant can easily be translated to my own pieces (even if my simple pant, is a simple pair of dark skinnies) and it allows me to breathe new life into items I’ve either forgotten about, or grown tired of.
Hairstyles, lipstick and jewelry. These three can do wonders. A sleek ponytail, a striking red lip, or that statement necklace you’ve tucked into the back of your closet can bring new life to a simple cocktail dress, your distressed skinnies, or that tunic you haven’t worn in ages. Experiment and add something new to your closet staples.
On that note, experimentation, is the BEST!!! Need a quick example?! Your black body-con can look amazing with a moto jacket & sneakers on the weekend. But can quickly be transformed by adding a wool coat, statement earrings, and heels for a dinner out. The same can be said for a great pair of dark wash skinnies! Simply transform your skinny jeans by adding a baseball cap, slouchy sweater and booties when running errands. Or a chignon, red lip, turtleneck and over the knee boots for a lunch date with your BFF. So remember, when you feel like shopping? Off to your closet you go. You’ll love what you come up with!
Feel great to look great. This one is everything for me. When I feel like crap? I want to shop. But more often than not, what I really need is a healthy breakfast (for me that’s oatmeal, almond milk & fruit) and to head to the gym. Then a hot shower, a quick mini-facial, and a swipe of gorgeous deep red polish. After that, I approach my closet feeling refreshed, and I’m much more likely to feel satisfied in a simple outfit. After all, having a healthy glow makes any outfit. Don’t you agree?!
Organize your closet. Having a well organized and aesthetically pleasing closet will always help your “getting dressed” process. No one, likes riffling through a heap of clothes and attempting to find inspiration in a messy space. I know this, all too well, from personal experience!
Buy a few statement / quality pieces. While it’s not always realistic to have designer everything, or is it ever?! I do think, buying a good quality handbag, a few gorgeous pairs of shoes and 2-3 lux clothing items will keep you feeling more satisfied + help elevate any simple outfit. Case in point, a beautiful slouchy cashmere turtleneck will elevate any pair of budget jeans and so will a splurge worthy pair of booties. It’s impossible not to feel “closet happy” when you have the right pieces!
Take inventory. As I get dressed, I might notice, that I don’t have a simple tee to pair with my skinnies, or pencil skirt. So, I do two things. I jot down “white tee” in notes on my iphone (I keep a list of closet needs there) + take stock of what I hope to pair my white tee with. This is to ensure I’m picking the right kind of white tee and it will fit the criteria for all those specified outfits. Basically the goal is to shop with strategy and avoid impulse shopping.
Commit to a no-spend month. There’s no better way to appreciate your closet than going on a shopping freeze. It forces you to use, and utilize, what you already own. And you’ll learn, that hey, life is not so bad after all. You’ll see your closet in a new light, learn to work with what you have and stretch your creative prowess.