Thursday, January 10, 2013

Stretching Your Wardbrobe Part 2: The Closet Purge!

Once a month we get a handy little card in the mail from a local charity saying they will be in our neighborhood on a certain date picking up donations.  They collect clothing, blankets, household goods and small appliances.  All you have to do is place your items on the curb by a certain time and they take care of the rest!

Granted, I shouldn't be lazy when it comes to giving, but convenience sure is nice!  The truck will be in our neck of the woods this coming Monday, so it's definitely time for a post-holiday purge.   It's also a great time to share some more tips for stretching your wardrobe into all seasons.  Great things to keep in mind as you look through your closet with a more critical eye!

You can catch the first part of this series (where Mia and I showed how to wear one dress through all four seasons) here.


Now, let's dish!

-Don't dismiss clothes in seasonal colors.  Just think about pairing them in new color combo's.  For example, if you paired yellow with pink, coral or turquoise during the warm months, think about wearing it with greys, plums, and more saturated blues during the fall and winter.  Even summer's pastels can be worn into fall just by pairing them with darker hues like navy and burgundy.  One of my favorite color combo's right now is mint and navy....great for spring or fall!

Navy and Mint

Pink Peonies: House of Fifty Feature...

-Capris and ankle length pants can pull their weight in winter too!  The length can be hidden under tall boots, but don't be afraid to do a cropped pant with some ankle boots.
 

-Don't pack up the long maxi dress or skirt (or any dress/skirt for that matter!) that you wore throughout the summer.  Throw some tights or leggings underneath, pair it with a long sleeve top, add a cropped jacket, or throw a sweater over the top....think layers.  Lots of cozy layers!



Winter Maxi


- Avoid impulse or 'cute' buys.  When shopping for clothes it's so tempting to pick something up because it's cute, your size and cheap!  All good things, but how often has than happened and the item then sat in your closet collecting dust or continued to be worn with the same pair of jeans every time?  

IT'S CUTE! - Cute is great but if you see something you like, think about how it will work with the clothes that are already in your closet.  Can you come up with 3 different ways to wear it?  Can it work in more than one season?  If so, you're off to a good start! 

IT'S MY SIZE! - It may be your size on the tag and even "fit" but does it flatter your figure?  Do you feel good when you put it on?  I could not squeeze myself into a skinny jean in my standard size, and if I could it wouldn't be pretty, but if I go up a size or even 2 (possibly more if I venture into the junior dept), then I have a pair of jeans that I can actually breath in and that work for my body without being skin-tight.

IT'S ON SALE! - I am all about a bargain.  I do a lot of my shopping online and it is rare-to-never that I buy something full price and without an additional coupon code for an extra percentage off the total purchase price.  And I know many of you are veterans at scoring thrift store steals!  But there are definitely things worth investing a little money into for quality (a good pair of dress pants, shoes, hand bag, etc.). Even these can be nabbed for less if you take the time to shop around, but learn to spot quality.  It will pay off in the long run!

- Purge often!  I think we've all been in that spot where we look at our full closet and feel like we have nothing to wear.  It's important to have clothes in your closet that fit well and that you really love - a closet with fewer items, all of which you are excited to wear, is far better than an overstuffed closet with so-so items hiding all your favorites.  You'll feel overwhelmed, not be able to come up with many outfit combinations and end up wearing the same few things over and over again.  So, as we come toward the end of each season I go through my closet and pull anything that no longer fits, the dryer has shrunk, is coming apart, or that I simply didn't wear (especially if I didn't wear it last season either).   Less really is more in this case! 


Hopefully that gives a little help when it comes to deciding what to keep/put in your closet and how to wear it.  I would love to hear your tips/tricks for stretching your wardrobe and how you decide what comes in and what goes when it comes to your clothes!

Of course, Pinterest is a great source of inspiration if you are feeling in a rut...so many ideas for how to wear clothes in a modern, new way!   You can check out my fall/winter style board and spring/summer style board, for ideas that might help you look at your own closet with a fresh set of eyes!


 
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