7 Step Wardrobe Revamp
"New year, new me" is the motto for pretty much everyone this month! I'm all about hitting the reset button on different areas in life and what better way to start the new year than by taking a closer look at your wardrobe. There have been times when I've opened my closet and thought to myself, "I have absolutely NOTHING to wear". I know I'm not alone on that one! I used to remedy this dilemma by buying more clothes instead of dissecting my closet more. So today I want to share with you the seven steps to take in order to revamp your closet and start building the perfect wardrobe for you!
Start the process by accessing what the heck you have going on in your closet! It may seem like a daunting task but knowing what you already have to work with is essential. What do you like about your wardrobe? What do you hate about it? What do you need? When I did this a few months ago, I noticed I had some great neutrals that I loved but also had really vibrant colors / prints that didn't suit me anymore. I had great jackets but needed more coats and definitely needed more jeans. Write this all down and set some style goals for your revamp!
Once you've figured out what you have going in your closet now it's time to start purging! This may take a long time, so give yourself an afternoon. If doing it all at once is a little overwhelming for you, then work your way through categories like tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets, shoes, etc. Go through your wardrobe item by item and get rid of anything that doesn't fit your style goals, you haven't worn it in months, or just doesn't fit you in general! I know it's hard to let some items go especially if you spent a good amount of money on it. However, work towards keeping items that you know you're going to wear again. I've been selling some of my purged items (that are gently used) over on Poshmark. Doing this gave me that extra push to let go of items I knew I wouldn't wear again and I've been able to make some money back!
Now it's time to gather some inspiration for your new wardrobe! Start looking on pinterest, style blogs, and magazines. Pin these images to a secret board over on pinterest or print them out and keep them in a folder.
CREATE YOUR STYLE CONCEPT
After collecting inspiration, you'll start to notice a common theme in these images. Whether it's the colors or silhouettes, these themes will help you develop your personal style. I noticed I was pinning a lot of neutral colors, casual outfits, all black outfits, and edgy style images. This helped me define my style concept which is classic and casual but with an edge. The edge being dark colors and utilizing vintage for a twist!
Now for the fun part! Armed with your inventory needs, inspiration images, and style concept you can now shop with a clear vision in mind. Set a realistic budget for these new items, know what to splurge on and what not to splurge on. For example, you should absolutely set aside a good amount of money for a new coat but don't spend a lot of money on basic tee. Always asses the quality of the item before you buy to ensure it will last you awhile.
STYLE GO-TO LOOKS
After you've successfully edited down your wardrobe and shopped for new items to blend into it, style some great go-to looks for yourself. Challenge yourself to style looks for work, date night, causal outfits, etc with your new wardrobe. Reference your inspiration board for this if you need some ideas! Having a few styled looks for the week helps get you out of the door the much quicker!
Without proper maintenance your wardrobe can fall back to the state it was once in! Take inventory seasonally and add the proper pieces to help maintain your style concept. Continue to add inspiration to your board so you're never stuck when it comes to styling yourself for certain occasions!
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