Believe me now? Yes, this mess is my closet. I know - it looks so not clean and organized so let me break it down for you....
By the way, that is my Gracie. She is our “little” (60 lbs.) Shar-pei mix. She doesn’t like flashing cameras……
So how do I maximize my tiny wardrobe? First things first. If I can’t visualize it in my closet I pull it out!
Recognize the outfit?
I love styling outfits on my bed. I pull out a variety of things (even some things I don’t think would ever work together) and start playing match-up.
Second, I do my research. I’m always keeping an eye out for great color combinations. They don’t always have to be in clothing either.
I love looking at flower arrangements, pictures/paintings and interior designs magazines. Everything that has pleasing aesthetics and an awesome palette has the potential of being modified into an outfit.
Third, if I don’t love it, I alter it. I am one of those that hold onto clothes. When I finally get around to cleaning out my closet, I have started making three piles: 1. Thrift; 2. Garbage (no one would ever want this!); 3. Rework. I’ve started to reinvent new ways of wearing those unworn clothes that sit in the back of the closet or snip them up a little bit.
Fourth, careful shopping. I have become a careful shopper. Ever have the feeling when you go shopping and you aren’t finding anything so in an act of frustration you’ll buy something you totally don’t need just to come home with something? It is just me? Well, I’ve started to break that habit down! I’ve started buying things only if I LOVE them and can think of at least three ways they would totally contribute to my closet. Even shifting your style you can still incorporate things without maxing out your checking account buying a whole new wardrobe.
Fifth, share and swap. Even being creative sometimes clothes just wear out their welcome in your closet. That doesn’t mean they would be a happy addition to a friend's closet! My sister is always asking me for clothes I don’t wear anymore and guess what? She wears them totally differently than I do…..almost makes me want them back….
So I totally got this striped shirt from a clothing swap put on by Elaine (I think it was totally from her closet too!). I enjoyed it for a few months and then handed it over to a friend of mine. See? Sharing is caring. J
So what do you do to maximize YOUR wardrobe?