Have you ever had to get dressed super fast in the morning and found yourself with a nagging thought: "I have NOTHING to wear!" You end up putting on something random and feeling just a touch uncomfortable or dissatisfied all day long. However, when you return to ponder your closet, does it look like this?:
|Cue horror music|
Rule #1: Hide & Seek
Whenever you find yourself wondering if an item is really worth keeping, return to a classic childhood game: hide & seek. Hide the item, and walk away. Wait awhile. Have you even thought about that shirt or skirt? Do you find it a month later and think "Oh YEAH, I put that there!"? If so, I think we can agree it's time to donate and recycle!
Rule #2: Go Project Runway on it
I've come to realize that no matter how much I wish and hope, if something is too small it is probably always going to be too small. On the other hand, if it's too big, do you ever really want the day to come when it fits?! Probably not. While watching an episode of Desperate Housewives (yeah, I love it, sue me), I saw one of the characters wearing a tank shirt that looked almost identical to a t-shirt that I have owned for years. I stopped wearing this shirt because the sleeves had a poofiness that required a tight elastic which constantly cut off my circulation. I was inspired! I ran to my closet, grabbed the shirt and my scissors, and went to work! And voila, a new shirt!
The point is, don't be afraid to get out your little sewing kit and scissors and create something new! What's the worst that can happen? You have a piece of clothing that you can't wear. Guess what, that's where you were anyway!
|Here I removed the elastic hem from the bottom of the shirt. I can finally breathe, woot!|
Rule #3: Hit the stores!
No, I'm not saying give up and buy new clothes. But it's amazing how many ideas you can get just from taking a look at some of the mannequins and sample outfits in your fave stores. I recently did this, and was inspired to add some simple things (belts, scarves, or leggings) to some of the items I was utterly bored with! Now I try to look online, even search out new ways to wear certain things (check out this awesome site: http://www.scarves.net/how-to-tie-a-scarf/ ).
|I took this look from one of my favourite stores: Add a simple cardigan, belt, and voila!|
p.s.- pay no attention to the cat in the top right. He is clearly just jealous of my fabulous styling skillz
And if all else fails, call up some besties, budget a few less coffees, and hit the mall! Or hold a clothing exchange with friends and find some new items without anyone spending a cent! Happy Wardrobing :).