To curate the perfect closet takes time, patience, and self-control. When a new season comes around, that usually all goes out the window. At least it does for me, although it shouldn’t. Clothing is getting more and more expensive, and we are on our A-game with stimulating the economy. At the same time, we tend to forget the pieces that are already in our closet. While it would be nice to constantly buy new wardrobes each season, it’s just not realistic or practical. While I am not the best person to give you advice on how to clean and maintain your closet, I did want to show you some ideas on how to shine a different light onto your older pieces. Today, I’m sharing five tips on how to revamp the current pieces in your wardrobe for this season.
Around this time last year, I coincidentally shot in this same location with this exact, plaid duster. It looks like it’s planned I know, but it’s not! It got me thinking about how bloggers don’t really paint the picture on how to restyle some of your old pieces. New pieces are easy to find and simple to replicate. Instead of giving you exact pieces to buy, I wanted to present you with more of a creative exercise. Instead of spending your hard-earned money on a million new pieces, maybe try restyling what you already have first. To get those styling juices flowing, I’m revealing my top tricks for when I’m in a styling rut.
1) Experiment With Layering
Fall is all about layering, and it’s my favorite trick to utilize when creating a new outfit. No matter what piece you use, you can always layer it over or under something else, and it instantly gives the piece a new and revamped vibe. For example, this plaid duster and MSGM cropped sweatshirt. As you saw earlier above, that I had styled this plaid duster with a chambray button-down and some vegan leather shorts. In order to give it the illusion of a completely different piece, I layered it underneath of this MSGM cropped, sweatshirt. Before, I had layered it on top for more of a vest appearance. With this shoot, I wanted to use it more as a layering shirt/dress. I’ve been loving the dress + jeans trend, and I wanted to put my twist on the trend. Layering different pieces on top of each other instantly differentiates your look from the rest.
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2) Do Your Trend Research
Just because it’s a current trend, doesn’t mean you can’t utilize it with pieces you already have in your wardrobe. In fact, transitioning older pieces into current trends makes you that much more financially fashionable. Not only does it show that you are up-to-date with the current trends, but it also shows how creative you are. By slightly tweaking already owned pieces, you are making more of a creative statement. I mean, who doesn’t want to be noticed for their creative work? For example, let’s use the the dress + jeans combo again. Because I knew this was currently a popular styling tactic, I was able to make more of an impact. All the while still using pieces I already have in my wardrobe. Therefore, do your trend research!
3) Have Fun With Your Accessories
Tim Gunn from Project Runway would always advice the designers to use the accessory wall very carefully. At the same time, they can really play up and transform a look. With that being said, an accessory can make or break an outfit. If you are going to purchase new pieces to mix and match with your current wardrobe, I highly suggest putting your eggs into the accessory basket. Accessories usually have a longer lasting trend cycle, and like layering can completely transform an outfit. For example, these Marc Jacobs platform sneakers and Westward Leaning sunglasses. Because they are both so bold, they help amp up the rest of the look. It’s as simple as adding accessories.
4) Don’t Overthink It
Sometimes we get too invested in our original styling vision. They key to styling is to be as organic and effortless as possible. If we try too hard to use a specific piece that just doesn’t work, it’s going to look extremely forced. Every once in awhile I come across this problem, and always feel so defeated when my vision doesn’t work. When this happens, just take a step back from it. The less you think, the better your look will turn out. Almost every time I get frustrated with styling an outfit, I take a mini break. Then I come back and lay the pieces I want to wear out on my bed. By laying them flat and over a larger surface, I can see what will pair better together that I normally wouldn’t think of. 9/10 these outfits are always my favorites.
5) When In Doubt, Go With Denim
When all else fails, my number one fabric that always comes in clutch is denim. It’s versatile, timeless, and effortless. What’s not to love? Lately, I’ve been resorting to my denim overalls for everything. Whether I want to wear a sweater, blazer, a graphic tee, or blouse, it always works. Plus, it adds that little bit of edge and quirkiness to the look that normal jeans can’t. Everyone has to have their go-to, come in clutch piece that never lets them down, and mine are overalls!
As a blogger (and female for that matter), it’s very hard to resist buying new pieces every week, non the less every season. By writing this post, it’s reminded me that I need to start restyling older pieces in my wardrobe to fit this seasons fashion trends. I hope that it reminds you too, and that you don’t need all the trendiest pieces (maybe just one or two). The more constraints we have allow for us to build upon our innovation to solve a problem. Start utilizing your current pieces and exercising the creative side of your brain!
P.S. If you are looking for more of a guide to maintaining your closet, I would highly suggest checking out the book The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees.
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