Developing a style that compliments and represents you is something that takes a little bit of time and effort.
Style does evolve over time.
So at some point in your life, you may feel as if you need to change your wardrobe and the way you present yourself.
This can be because of a job change, a change in your everyday activities or you just feel like reinventing your look and want to know how to go about this. So you may find yourself at a point where you feel like you need to change your wardrobe or buy a whole new wardrobe.
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Is It an “I Have Nothing to Wear!” Moment?
This is a basic question to ask yourself. It’s similar to when something goes wrong with your cell or your computer, the first thing you want to do is go through some basic exercises before getting to the more complicated possibilities.
We only wear about 20% of our wardrobe. This is partly because we can’t find some of it! I can attest to that! The worst is if you think that you lost something and buy something similar, only to find it later!
So, if you haven’t already, just go to your closet and survey the scene. Go through what you have. Make sure to open all those mysterious boxes and go all the way to the back where things might have fallen off the hanger! Assess whether you just need to declutter your closet.
If You Truly Want To Reinvent Your Look
Either pause to reflect, or get a notebook. What is it about the clothing in your closet that you don’t like? What is it about your wardrobe that you would like to change?
Is It the Fit?
Maybe you’ve gained weight and everything seems too tight, and so just makes you feel worse. Or maybe it’s the opposite: you’ve committed yourself to a healthier lifestyle and now everything’s too loose, so just hangs off you, and just makes you feel frumpy. In this case, it’s not really a wardrobe change, you really do need your closet revamped with clothing that fits properly.
Is It the Color?
Are you ready to inject some color into your wardrobe? Or maybe you’re tired of wearing only solid colors. Or you’ve been wearing colors that just don’t look that great on you?
Is Your Wardrobe Out of Style?
Are your clothes relics from 20 years ago? While they’re good for a Halloween party, it’s not October 31st every day! Maybe you’re a victim of fast fashion and now you’re stuck with something that is so 20__ (fill in the blank). So, your clothing needs to be revamped to bring you a more updated look.
Is Your Wardrobe Inappropriate for Your Age or Position?
Maybe you just landed a new office gig and you know you’d better leave the mini skirt for Saturday night with the girls. Or, conversely, you think you might have outgrown or evolved from the mini skirt, or all the ruffles, or whatever the case may be! You need to find a look more in line with your change in life circumstances.
Maybe you just evolved and are ready to find your new look. Or you are just looking for a closet refresh!
What To Do with Those Old Clothes
Toss them out the window. Kidding! Let’s not get crazy. You can’t very well go around naked can you?!
But, if there are items that are “distressed” and they’re not supposed to be that way, are just worn out or damaged beyond repair, get rid of those things. Make it into a series of rags to clean your floors. Make a quilt. Whatever you’d like. Just don’t put it on your body ever again.
If It Doesn’t Fit, You Should Get Rid of It.
Why has it been sitting around, taking up valuable real estate in your closet? Were you waiting to lose weight and thought it would encourage you? No. Get rid of it. Did you get it at 75% off? Don’t care. Get rid of it. Is it by that designer that you’re obsessed with? Hmm…kidding. Get rid of it.
If the Quality is Decent to Good, Donate It.
Make sure it’s clean, though, because some organizations do not have a way to clean the clothing they receive and it may just get tossed and end up in a landfill. The goal, in this case, to help less fortunate people, not pollute the earth more.
If You Have Designer Goods, You Can Sell Them Online.
Sure, you’ll never be able to recoup whatever you paid for it, but some money + fresh start is better than no money + fashion rut. You can do it yourself on Poshmark or Tradesy, or use a service, like The Real Real.
With the items that are left, you want to progressively get them out of the closet as you progressively get new items in. There’s no point in traumatizing yourself by going from thinking that you have nothing to wear to actually having nothing to wear.
Furthermore, if you’ve been in your current style for a while, you will most likely feel more comfortable making a progressive change. Maybe your family will need to get used to your new style.
This is just to minimize the stress on you as you go through the process.
How Would You Like to Dress?
I know you want to look amazing!!! But try to be specific about what look you are going for.
Ask yourself, “do I want my style in clothing revamped to look more sporty, romantic, glamorous?
Use the guide from the previous post, “How To Find Your Style,” if you need some inspiration. It includes links to good representative Pinterest boards so you can have a lot of examples.
What would it mean to you to look good, feel good and be confident in what you’re wearing?
Consider Your Lifestyle While Reinventing Your Look
While you are thinking about changing your style, consider your daily activities–work, hobbies and family life. There will likely be some types of outfits that are necessary, regardless of your style, for example, work, or church.
But don’t let the fact that you need these items bog you down too much. Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you have to wear sweats every day. Just because you have to wear a suit doesn’t mean you can’t inject your personality into what you wear.
Start Devising a Plan
If there are items in your wardrobe that need to be replaced, or there’s something that you need, this is the perfect place to start the process.
You can go to the store and look for these items, if you are comfortable with that and would like some assistance. You can have a store associate or stylist to help you find these items.
However, if you would prefer to start your search on the internet, you can look around on websites or try an online personal stylist. This can avoid any potential high-pressure situation, especially if you are not quite sure what you want, and prevent your ending up with more clothing you may not like.
A Few Final Thoughts on Changing Your Style
Changing your look can be and should be fun. Acquiring and building a new wardrobe takes a little time. But using these tips can help you revamp your closet and change your wardrobe.
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