Are you in a wardrobe slump, opting for the same five shirts and pair of jeans despite your large closet with rows of clothing and endless shoes? Yeah, you’re not alone.
We’ve all gone through some sort of scenario where you’re scrambling to find something to wear, but just can’t seem to settle with anything that you already own. Sounds to me like you are in a wardrobe rut.
Here’s a few tricks I’ve used to help see my existing clothes in a new light, pair different things together and get out of the “I have nothing to wear” slump.
Find inspiration online.
There are so many sites and online that can be used as great sources of inspiration. I’m a huge fan of Pinterest and have my virtual pin boards for “Spring & Summer Fashion” and “Fall & Winter Fashion“.
Polyvore is another good site to check out. You can create your own style boards to use as inspiration, look at others ideas and best of all, it’s completely free!
There are also hundreds of style blogs on the web and finding someone who posts their outfits that share similar tastes as you might become your new favorite read.
Wear it in an unexpected way.
There are no rules saying you can’t wear an article of clothing in an unexpected way. I’ve worn tube tops as skirts with leggings underneath and dresses as tunics. I’ve even worn long shirts as dresses paired with a blazer, stockings and boots. I had an outpouring of compliments that day asking where I purchased my “dress”. Anyway, you get the idea. Take some time one day to try different combos in your closet and the ones you think are worth wearing out, take note so you don’t forget…which brings me to my next point.
Write it all down.
This sounds so cheesy but in high school, I used to write down what I wore everyday so I didn’t wear the same thing twice within a two week period. I know, right? A little silly, but I can see where I was coming from. If you have a stellar clothing combo you just came across in your closet, write it down so you don’t forget about it. There are even apps for this now, such as Stylebook.
Repair and Mend.
Do you have a stack of clothing that either has a hole, needs to be hemmed or has a missing button? I’ll be honest, I have a HUGE stack of clothing that needs some sort of loving care, sitting right next to my sewing machine. I try to at least make two new articles of clothing wearable each week. This sounds excessive, but I can’t buy a pair of pants without hemming them because I’m vertically challenged. A lot of my stack is made up of pants that need to be shortened mixed with the occasional cardigan or top that’s missing a button.
Try EVERYTHING on.
What a crazy idea, right? But don’t you think it’s better to have a partially-filled closet full of clothes that fit you perfectly and make you feel attractive then a closet stuffed with articles of clothing that fit poorly and of items you plan on never wearing? I’d say so.
Here are a few others tips I’ve suggested to help you declutter and spruce up your closet, making it really easy to take inventory of what you own. This way, trying everything on might not seem so daunting after all.