Sustainable style starts by wearing the clothes you already own

If you’re bored with what you have, wear things the same way over and over again, it’s time to restyle your clothes (not shop)! Here are some tips to help you get the creative juices flowing and look at your wardrobe in a whole new way. Remember the most sustainable item of clothing is the one that is already in your closet.

Three steps to get more from the clothes you own.

1. Create your inspiration. If you don’t know where you are going, how do you know have arrived? So in otherwords, if you don’t know the style you want to portray, then how can you create outfits? I can’t emphasize this enough. Not only do I do this for myself but also it is a requirement for my clients. I use Pinterest but you can make a physical collage with images from magazines too. You must determine what style you want to portray. Questions to ask yourself – what do you want your style to say about you? What message do you want to send? What do you do each day? Who do you meet with? Start getting creative and pin (or cut out) the images that resonate with you. Check out this post for more on how to updated your wardrobe without shopping.

2. Head to the closet! This means taking what you have established in step 1 and create the outfits! Look for the consistent themes from step 1 such as color, texture, fabric type styles, prints and patterns. Do the outfits have a lot of embellishments such as jewelry or are they ornament-free? Are there a lot of dresses and skirts vs. pants? Are there heels, flats or both? Is there layering (or not)? Establish the common themes and write them down so you can look for these in your closet. Use what you have a established in step 1 as inspiration not direct translation. Look for representative items in your closet. So for example if an outfit you love from your collage has a blue blazer with a white t-shirt and black pants and you have a black blazer, red t-shirt and jeans, try it out. Be sure to try on all of the outfit combinations you come up with to assess for flattering fit, silhouette and proportion. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this post on how to look at your body like a stylist.

3. Get out of your comfort zone! This is the key and the challenge. To embrace the change, you have to wear it. Depending on your personality, there are two ways to approach this. One is to start small in incremental steps. If you’re going to wear an entirely new outfit, do it in steps. Perhaps first change the shoes, then the following week the shirt, then lastly the jewelry. That way you can get used to the look and feel of the outfit in stages. OR if you are someone who needs to take the plunge then jump right in. I would advise planning your outfits for the week, having them laid out or hanging up in a separate area. That way you will see them and can’t avoid wearing them. You will have them right in front of you ready to go. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Think about your personality and which approach will help you be more successful.

Get my expert help.

If you want to refresh your style, love the clothes you are in and end the frustrating cycle of wearing the same things over and over again, I would love to help. I see your closet differently than you do. When you work with a professional stylist, I see all the possibilities instead of the limitations. Trust me when I say that you have a tremendous value in your closet. Contact me here.

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