How to Shop Your Closet
This is one of my favorite tools to teach because I get to open up my client eyes to the beauty of what they already own. I’m also a big fan of opening up my client eyes to the beauty of the body they currently have. Both of these principles go hand-in-hand. If you can learn the skill set in one area you can apply it everywhere else in your life. It is so good and I am so excited to teach it to you.
First, you have to become aware of what you actually wear on a day to day basis. We must always assess what actually is. I want you to go to wherever you store your clothing. It could be a closet, clothes hamper, or even a pile on the floor. (NO JUDGING) If you go to your laundry hamper, this likely will be the best place for you to determine what you actually wear on a regular basis. If you just go to your closet, you may not be able to get an accurate picture of what you actually wear on a day-to-day basis. Laundry piles tell us about the things that we love and wear the most. So first things first, hit up your laundry pile and then your closet. Evaluate the items you wear the most make a really quick list.
You may be surprised at what you find. That item you have been coveting in the back of your closet and saving for that special occasion. Yeah you’ll likely never wear that. Also, to the ladies who tell me they have no sense of style. Look at that list. Yeah, that is your sense of style right there on paper.
Second, write down at least 12 items you wear regularly. Tops, bottoms, dresses, and outerwear (jackets, blazers, sweaters, cardigans, etc.) You can also do a ton with just six items. I double dare you to pare your favorite items down to a list of six. If you have lost a lot of weight, you may be down to very few items that actually fit. That is totally okay. Stay with me in the process.
Mix and Match
Number three, commit right now to where only these 12 items or 6 items for one week. Spend the week mixing and matching each piece to create new outfits. For example, you can wear the same top with three different bottoms. Or the same bottoms with three different tops. You can play with shoes, accessories, and outerwear. You’ll be surprised how many outfits you can actually come up with using very little.
After about a week of mixing and matching he following will become apparent to you:
1.What you actually like and dislike
2. What you hate
3. What you never wear
4. What needs to be replaced and
5. What items you actually need to purchase
I’m not a big fan of giving my clients big overwhelming shopping lists. As much as I love Pinterest to tell you all about how to create wardrobe. Most of my clients end up feeling this pressure to go out and buy the five new items for the season. For most of my clients, that can be very overwhelming. Instead it’s nice to see what you actually wear and love on a day-to-day basis. If you do decide to buy anything, you go armed with a list that fits your current lifestyle and style favorites.
Create a Shopping List
Four, this is kind of a bonus. After you shop your closet, you can determine what you actually need to buy. For most of my clients this is just one or two items that need replacing. For example, cardigan has a hole or your favorite white T-shirt has yellow armpit stains. When you go out with a list that is specifically tailored to your likes and dislikes, you’re more likely to buy better quality and spend a little bit more for a better item. Plus, you are more likely to put this new item to use right away. If you go in just hit up the sales rack, likely you are going to find out of season pieces that will get pushed to the back of your closet. You’ll never wear them because they don’t fit.
If you shop your closet and find that you absolutely hate everything you have or doesn’t fit. Feel free to sign up for a freestyle session so I can walk you through some next steps and get you into a wardrobe and an outfit you love. Would love to see what you’re up on Instagram use #newglamgal
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