Have you ever tried shopping from your own closet? I hope you are inspired to do so after this post!
A few months ago, I decided that my wardrobe needed a complete overhaul.
I have never been a fashionista, and I don’t claim to be one now, but I realized that I had been living in a 6+-year frump. The clothing I wore was out of style and ill-fitting.
I needed new clothes, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.
My friend Holly suggested that I have her cousin, Candace, come one weekend and help me shop from my own closet–putting together stylish outfits from the pieces I already owned!
Whereas I have no clue about what’s in and out of style, Candace keeps up with the trends and has a keen eye for what looks good (and what doesn’t) on a person.
I was absolutely floored at the many beautiful outfits we put together with clothing that had been hanging in my closet!
Candace was tactful but truthful about what clothes I needed to ditch, and she gave me some amazing tips on things that should be worn together.
I’m now convinced that anyone can save money by shopping from their own closet.
Here are a few simple tips on shopping from your own closet:
1. Enlist the help of a friend.
This must be an honest friend, and it really helps if it’s your most stylish friend. If you don’t have a friend like this, recruit a friend of a friend! (This is what I did!)
If all else fails, recruit a professional stylist. (Although this will add money to this venture, it might be worth it if you have the funds to invest.)
2. Pull everything out of your closet.
Yes, I mean every single item. You need to see what is actually buried in your closet.
It might be more than you think! I found a really cute black angled cardigan that I now wear all.the.time! I had no idea it existed, and I still don’t know where I got it!
You will also want to pull things out of your drawers.
Lay everything on your bed, grouping them according to what they are (shirts, pants, etc.).
3. With the help of your friend, put together outfits.
Now the fun comes! Match up pants and shirts, skirts and blouses, etc. Don’t forget the jewelry, too!
4. Try on the outfits.
This is where you will have to put your feelings aside. You will need to try on every single outfit you put together and get your friend to critique how it looks on you.
If an outfit looks super cute together but makes you look less than stellar, then why keep it?
For me in particular, Candace checked to see if outfits made me look pregnant. I have a diastasis, which makes me look several months pregnant even though I’m not. I hate it when people ask me if I am!
There were several nice outfits that I still donated because they accentuated my belly.
5. Toss a lot; hold onto the outfits that make you feel GREAT.
I have not read much into the uber popular KonMarie method yet, but from what other bloggers have written about it, I think I’ve already been practicing this method with the help of my mentor, Holly!
Unless an outfit makes you feel amazing (or “sparks joy” as the KonMarie method suggests), donate it!
6. Hang the outfits together as complete outfits in your closet.
Previously, I hung all shirts together, pants together, and so on, but it saves so much time and now makes perfect sense to me to hang outfits together.
I can pick and choose which outfits to wear really easily and not waste any mental energy trying to decide what shirt goes with what pair of pants, etc.!
My mentor also suggested that I print pictures of the outfits to place on the wall of my closet, in case outfits get separated in the laundry.
7. Make a list of the things needed to fill out your wardrobe.
Hopefully, this will not be a lot, but after you shop from your own closet, you may find that you need just a few things to round out your wardrobe.
For me, it was a new bra, some skinny jeans, and some flats. We easily checked these off my list with one trip to Target!
I was really shocked that the outfits pictured throughout this post–as well as the ones below–all came from the day I spent shopping from my own closet!