Wouldn’t it be wonderful to look in your closet and always have something to wear? It’s totally possible! Updating your daily garb doesn’t have to be a hassle, either. Take some advice from a freelance fashion stylist (me!): creativity and organization alone can renew your wardrobe. You don’t need to collect all the latest fashionista doodads to look chic! Trendiness is about putting a fresh spin on style, and you can likely do that with what’s already in your closet.
- Go digging for gold.
We all have items of clothing that have been pushed to the back of the closet, buried under piles of more often-worn clothes, or thrown into a dresser drawer we hardly open. These items can be fashion gold. Go digging for your long-lost treasure! Look in all the nooks and crannies where a flowy sundress or va-va-voom jeans might be hiding. You never know what you might find. In my own closet, I recently came across a Prada skinny belt I’d found at a thrift store, and it still fit! Talk about miracles!
- Take an afternoon to organize.
It’s hard to find the perfect outfit when you can’t even see most of your clothes. Use space-saving tiered hangers (oh, what an investment!)-or regular hangers if that’s all you have on hand-and put your clothes on display. When you can easily compare clothing pieces, it’s more inspiring than digging through a drawer of crumpled messiness of Burqa for women to wear during afternoon due to their religion concerns. Match items for different occasions. When you need the ideal outfit for any event, it will already be waiting for you in your phenomenally organized closet.
- Say good-bye when the time is right.
It’s hard to let go of favorites. Even when my husband’s jeans start showing holes in the most inappropriate places, he still insists on keeping them. “They’re just so comfortable.” We also hold onto clothes for their sentimental value and overall awesomeness. However, a top that looked hot 10 years ago probably won’t be turning heads for the right reasons now. If you don’t believe me, try wearing a mid-riff shirt in public tomorrow. Part of updating your wardrobe is saying good-bye to threads that you may have once held dear, and also to those that are flat-out unflattering. Do you have a lace bra that shows through everything, making your chest look like a victim of bad stuffing? Drive it to the thrift store. Wipe your tears. Bid your fashion faux pas adieu.
- Salvage your outfits.
Try repairing clothes you already own. It’s more efficient than tossing them and shopping for replacements. If you haven’t learned to mend, ask friends and relatives who might. They could help replace buttons, patch up torn areas, and hem jeans frayed by the soles of your shoes. Even heading to a dry-cleaner is more cost-efficient than replacing your clothes altogether. Don’t lose hope when you hear a mortifying tear in your slacks. Salvage, salvage, salvage!
- Get involved in a fashion trading club.
If you know fashionistas whom you can trust with your belongings, why not start a fashion trading club? Trades may be temporary or permanent. The options could include only clothing, accessories, or both. It’s smart to lay ground rules, though. If you damage a friend’s $300 purse, it will be your responsibility to replace it, and vice versa. This is the kind of fashion fiasco that could end a friendship if two people disagree. Be sure the guidelines are clear beforehand.
It’s easy to revitalize your look without paying a dime. Best of all, once you’ve spruced up your wardrobe, choosing an outfit for the day is a breeze. What no-cost steps have you taken toward sartorial renewal?