Feeling like your closet is more on the ‘Ho-Hum’ side these days? Here are a few things you can do to break out of your fashion funk and get you back in your groove.
- HIT THE BOOKS Curious about a closet concept like Minimal or Maximalism? Wondering how Pantone’s color of the year can work into your wardrobe? Read a book or pick up a magazine. For those of you interested in the Capsule Wardrobe idea, Sarah Eliza Louderback’s Secrets of the Capsule Wardrobe is an easy read and very informative.
- CLEAN YOUR FREAKING CLOSET Pull everything out (yes, everything) and sort them into three piles. The things you wear on a daily basis go back in the closet, things you’re not sure about into a pile, and the last pile is reserved for things to give away or recycle. Do you notice a common color palette in your wear pile? Is there a certain silhouette that is just not flattering in the cast offs? After editing your closet, it won’t be hard to sort the pieces I love from the pieces adding bulk.
- TALK TO A STRANGER Someone in your office have a cool new bag? See a tourist wearing a cute pair of shoes? Tell them! Ask them where they got that cool thing you’re lusting after. Chances are they have a story behind it or some tips on where to find something similar. And if anything else, you’ll make a new stylish friend you can ask to take you shopping (pretty please!).
- SAY NO TO FAST FASHION I’ve made the decision to banish fast fashion from my style vocabulary (more on that in a future post). I know how tempting it is to snap up a trendy top or dress for $5 – $15, but you’ll be paying more in the long run. Try mixing and matching things you already have, borrow something from your bestie or SO, or better yet, host a swap party with your friends. Need to buy something ASAP? Invest in timeless pieces from sustainable brands. Take re/make‘s Wallet Guide on your next shopping trip.
You take a sip of coffee, dry your hair, and slap some makeup on your face. Things are going well, until you open your closet and stare, blank faced, uninspired at your wardrobe. About 10 mins of this makes you 20 mins late to work.
Don’t let this happen again. Here are a few questions to ask yourself Sunday so you can get off on the right foot come Monday.
- Have you done your laundry? This phenomena often happens to me when I (literally) have nothing to wear. If my hamper is full and I’m down to my last pair of tights, its time to take a trip to the laundromat.
- How can I wear that ______ in a new way? Finding a style uniform is smart, but sometimes the same thing day after day can get a little stale. Mix things up by wearing a cool pair of sneakers with trousers or a soft t-shirt over (or under) a sundress.
- Are there things that need mending/reconstructing? Your favorite trench is missing a button; that silk blouse busted a seam; and your old favorite pair of jeans have seen better days. Time to get to work! Find that button, sew that hole up, or add some patches to make your jeans feel brand new.
- What’s the weather like? Come July, I know it’s time to bust out the sweaters and pile on the light layers. Summer in the city usually involves cold, wet, misty mornings and sunny afternoons. Seasons vary from climate to climate, so do your research.
- When was the last time I cleaned my closet? Has it been a week? A month? Years? It might be time. If you need help and you happen to be in the Bay Area, I’d love to lend you a hand. For more information about my Closet Cleanse service, click here.
Today isn’t just our nation’s birthday. It also happens to be my blogiversary!
I can’t believe that it has been three years since I started this little blog of mine. Now that I’ve started my Closet Clean-Out service, there are even more wonderful things to look forward to ahead on the horizon. The future’s looking pretty bright!
Cheers to many more years of PJA. Happy anniversary to me and happy birthday, America!