Now is the perfect time to fall back in love with your current wardrobe. Due to the current global circumstances, most of us are staying at home at the moment. This can leave some people feeling bored or even grappling with cabin fever. But it can also be a time to do the things that have been on our 'when I have time' list.
As a fashion lover, I have a wardrobe full of clothes, but a lot of the time when I am in a hurry I tend to reach for the same pieces to wear together. This is a rut many of us can fall into. Oftentimes, it can be because the closet is overstuffed and it is impossible to see what is in there.
However, now we have the opportunity to clear out clothes that no longer bring us joy and to discover new ways to wear the pieces that remain. How thrilling it is to create fresh new outfit combinations by shopping your closet!
My suggestion would be to do step one and step two on separate days so that you have enough energy for each exercise as enthusiasm can wane when you are tired.
So, step one is to take the time to look at each piece and ask yourself the following questions:
Is this piece flattering on me? Does it fit properly and does it make me feel good when I wear it?
Is it in good shape? If the answer is 'no', then you will need to determine if it is repairable and, if so, you are willing to have it fixed. If not, then let it go.
Does it represent my current and aspirational style?
Does it 'play well' with other pieces in my closet (this is where the 'creative process' of finding different ways to create outfits comes into play...more on this later)?
If your answer to the questions above are 'no', then it is time to either sell, donate or discard of the item.
One more question to consider is: Do I have many pieces in a similar style and colour? If the answer is 'yes' then pick a couple of your favourites and let the rest go.
By going through this process, you will eliminate the clutter from your wardrobe and actually be able to see what you have. This, in and of itself, can bring a feeling of calm and well-being, because the pieces that remain will be the ones that make you look good and bring you joy. You may also identify gaps in your wardrobe that can be put on your shopping 'wishlist' so that when you acquire new pieces, you do so with intentionality (a topic for another time).
The next part is the fun part...creating new outfits!
It is best to set aside a couple of hours for this when you are feeling fresh and ready to experiment. Take an item of clothing out of your wardrobe that you would like to style in different ways and lay it on your bed (or other flat surface). For this example we will use at a camel coloured pleated skirt. The objective is to look through the other pieces in your wardrobe and find at least three different ways to style it...ideally for different occasions.
Go through your blouses, t-shirts, camisoles, jackets etc. looking for outfit combinations that appeal to you and lay them out on the bed with the skirt. Then, go through the same process with shoes and purses. Finally, add the finishing touches with accessories such as jewellery, hats and scarves. A great way to find outfit inspiration is on Pintrest and Instagram.
Each time you come up with an outfit that appeals to you, put it on and take a photo of yourself in it. Save the photo to an album on your phone and label it 'Look Book' or something similar. Now you are all set! When you are getting ready, just flip through the album on your phone and select the outfit that you want to wear. As you find different ways to style your clothes, take a photo of the outfit and add it to your album.
Happy closet shopping!