When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.— Caitlin Moran
What marketing and retailers want us to think is that shopping is the answer to great style. Turns out that is not the case. It is possible to update your wardrobe and style without shopping.
What you have is usually enough and sometimes more than enough.
Even better news – You don’t need to lose weight, throw away all your clothes or spend big money on a designer wardrobe. While putting together an outfit for the day can be the most difficult part, there are ways to make it easy and creative. Not knowing where to start – shoes, shirt, color, etc. can be overwhelming. Assuming for now that you have clothes that fit you and you have clothes in your closet, here are three ways to update your wardrobe.
Three ways to update your wardrobe without shopping:
1. Stop asking “does it match?” and use color theory! My clients probably want to put a sock in my mouth about this topic but I can’t emphasize it enough. The concept of matching is subjective. A better to question to ask is, “Does it coordinate?” or “Does it pair?” To answer the questions, you use color theory. There are two principles for color theory: analogous color pairing and complementary color pairing. Complementary colors are those opposite each other on the color wheel and analogous colors are those next to each other on the color wheel. Complementary and analogous colors are a way to take your color pairings from mundane to above average. If you have a lot of color in your closet, use color theory as your passport to explore! Create new looks simply by using complementary or analogous color pairings (or both when wearing prints!).
2. Change the shoes! Shoes are a great way to change the formality of an outfit and also take your outfits from season to season. Close-toed shoes like heels, flats and boots are all fall/winter appropriate in darker colors. For spring/summer sandals, peep toe heels, espadrilles and wedge sandals work to signify a seasonal change. Sandals with lighter colors and bright patterns are appropriate for spring/summer. For fall/winter consider black, dark gray, navy, including formal textures such as suede. By changing out your footwear with the same garments from season so season, you can effortlessly transition seasonally without breaking the bank or requiring a second closet.
3. “Demote” your clothes. Demoting is a concept I read about in a style book. It’s not my idea, but it’s one that I use with my clients time and time. Demoting is the concept that you take clothes you wear for one situation and demote them to a more casual situation. What do you do – before going shopping and finding the thing you think you need, consider this – can you demote something to fill that gap? You may find that you have a number of “worn” items from your nicer clothes that will work well for your casual style. Then that means you really need to shop for items in your professional/career style.
If you have a clothing item that you love to wear but it’s not as nice as it used to be, consider wearing it in your casual/personal time so you can continue to enjoy it. Don’t think that because you can’t wear it the same way you used to that it’s no longer of value to you.
Taking this even further to do it yourself…
If you want to get even more advice on how to update your wardrobe, understand your body shape (finally), get ideas for how to restyle your clothes, do’s and don’ts and more, and do it yourself, I have just the thing! The Conscious Closet Confidence Course for women.
Are you looking to actually do something from taking a course and not just listen? Each module in this course has exercises and worksheets to print out and get you away from the computer and into your closet. It’s more than just what you can learn from a google search. The course was developed based on my experience as a stylist and presents videos with outfits from real people – my clients! This course has been reviewed and tested so the information builds up on basic concepts and what you need to do to assess your body and builds from there progressively so that the information is easy to learn and logical. I have presented the system that I use for when working with my clients. This is not the type of course where the only way to get value is to buy another product or work with me one on one. It’s standalone and contains topics that women have asked for and uses my approach to styling.
If you are stuck with what’s in your closet but want to create fabulous outfits from what you already own, The Conscious Closet Confidence Course is for you.