Happy February, all!
Thanks for following along with me the past month through the Style My Closet January challenge! One month without shopping started off as a pretty difficult task, but I found so many things in my closet that I hadn’t worn for a while that it kind of became a fun game. I say kind of because I definitely still wanted to shop 😉
Now that the month is over, I don’t want to go crazy shopping- otherwise, I’d lose some of what I learned this past month. It can be hard though in today’s social media world because we are so focused on pictures of things that we don’t want to repeat outfits, purses, shoes, etc. too often. But that’s not everyday life and we gotta keep it real, girls! So I thought I’d share my tips for shopping my own closet. Hope they help and if anything, they’ll be a good reminder for me too 🙂
Style My Closet January Tip Number 1: You can recreate looks from your favorite bloggers with what is already in your closet!
Top Row: Stylish Petite, Me, Bows & Sequins, Me
Middle Row: Mrs. Strock, Me, Extra Petite, Me
Bottom Row: J.Crew, Me, Bows & Sequins, Me
So, who wore it better? 🙂 To come up with outfit ideas for Style My Closet January, I pinned a lot of looks from my fave bloggers that were something I thought I could copy in my own way. Sure, they aren’t exact, but their looks inspired me to try something new! I know when I first started reading fashion blogs, it wasn’t just about buying exactly what your favorite blogger had. It was about getting new outfit ideas- and yes, sometimes that means buying new things, but it can also mean working with what you have! Do you have a fave outfit of mine that was inspired by another blogger?
Style My Closet January Tip Number 2: Find the pieces in your closet that can do double (or triple or quadruple) duty and wear them in new ways. I’m talking about the pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down, can go to the office or to happy hour. Some examples for me include a chambray top, a tweed blazer and leopard pumps. I wore each of these multiple times this past month and I definitely have even more ideas for how to wear them (some coming to the blog soon actually!). Glitter Guide even did a post about five ways to wear chambray which gives some additional ideas too! What items in your closet can you easily style multiple ways?
Style My Closet Tip Number 3: Plan ahead to avoid the “I have nothing to wear” syndrome! We’ve all been there. You are getting ready for work in the morning and you are just standing in your closet dumbfounded. How is it possible that your closet is full of clothes, but you have literally not one thing to wear? This feeling gets way worse for me when I am rushed to pick something out. Throughout this past month, I spent each Sunday planning out my outfits for the week. I took a look at the weather, my schedule and wrote down everything I was going to wear in the notes in my phone. Having everything written down (plus taking the pics each day for these posts) helped me remember what I had already worn and stopped me from feeling like I wore the same thing to work every day. This is a habit I am definitely going to keep up! It keeps the stress level down, impulse shopping to a minimum and helps you rotate items in your closet! Do you plan your outfits out ahead of time?
Thanks again to each of you for following along this past month and all your words of encouragement 🙂 ! Ready to start February on the right foot- and in the right shoes of course!
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it was great seeing how you came up with ways to wear different things from your closet!
Thanks Monique… maybe it’s a sign I have too many clothes 🙂 But it was fun to try things in different ways too!
Phew! You made it. You go girl! You made it look so easy. I loved all of your outfits and they looked pretty original to me. I may have to do this challenge again to save some extra cash. Well done!
Thanks Gail! It was definitely a great way to start off the year. You are so sweet 🙂
Like most I felt the pressure to buy buy buy when I first started blogging, but one of the things I liked showing my visitors and potential clients is how to maximize what you already have! I love seeing how far I stretch a piece over multiple looks! Thanks for this post! I might have to try it in February!
Totally agree with you- hopefully readers like that too because it’s closer to their everyday life too 🙂 Thanks for reading, girl!
You did a great job!!! Hugs, Kait
Love these tips!
These are really great tips and well thought out. I love your roundup of bloggers vs you and who wore it better, such a cute idea! I love using others photos for inspiration also and keep my shopping limited to $100-$200 a month. I don’t think that you need to spend a ton to look good! You just need to know how to optimize what you already have!
Totally agree, Annie! It can be easy to forget in the world of instagram I think though, but hoping little closet cleanses like this one help me remember 🙂 I loved doing that roundup of me and my blog inspiration, so thanks so much for commenting on that 🙂
So true!! I totally admire you for doing this – I need to do this but I just haven’t gotten around to it!! xoxo
Thanks, Samantha! It’s tough, but you could totally do it- it becomes like a fun game, especially at the end when coming up with new ideas!
You made this look so easy and effortless! Great Job!!
Ruthie, thank you so much! You are the sweetest 🙂