How many times (a day) do you look in your closet and say "I have NOTHING to wear!"
If you're like me, then it's basically every time. I admit, I'm guilty of just buying new stuff when I'm sick of my clothes. I realize that's not practical, and it's not ideal for my wallet (all six of them). So how can we freshen things up without breaking the bank? I went to Seattle0based Personal Stylist Tannya Bernadette to get some tips to encourage all of us to look at our wardrobe in a new way, and to shop smarter. Here's the advice she gave all of us.
Evaluate Your Wardrobe
"Before you get excited to step out and spend money on the latest trends this season, start in your closet for a check-in. Go through your pieces and organize all your tops by color and sleeve length, then hang all your pants, skirts, and dresses together. This visual will allow you to easily see the gaps, colors, and styles you currently have."
"Pick up a fashion magazine or start a board on Pinterest of your favorite looks. You will want to be prepared for your shopping date. This will help you get in touch with what's trending."
Try Something New
"Try on something new, you'll know if you love it or hate it when you try it on. If you try a piece on that makes you smile, you are instantly love the way it looks, that is a must-have. "
Beware of Sales
"Have a budget in mind, but know how to spend your money. Ever notice how sale items tend to accumulate in your wardrobe? The fact is you probably fell in love with the price and not the actual item."
Don't Forget Accessories
"An easy way to refresh old favorites in your closet is by wearing your pieces in new ways. Accessories add flair, can make a statement and make your outfits much more interesting."
Immediately after chatting with this savvy stylist, I reorganized my closet as suggested and found so many hidden gems. I sadly also found several sale items with the tags still attached. I had stuff in my closet that I hadn't worn in years. I say if you have something you haven't worn in months, get rid of it. Unless its seasonal or has super sentimental value. It felt so great to freshen up my own wardrobe and not buy a bunch of new clothes for summer. Let's hope I can stay on the right path. Happy organizing and smart shopping everyone!
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