Since we can’t get out and about at the moment (and for the foreseeable future), you might want to try shopping from your own wardrobe. This concept when done correctly, can kill two birds with one stone.
- You find new outfits combinations that you’ve not tried before, getting that all-important cost per wear right down.
- You realise what you actually need to bring into your wardrobe in order to make more of the pieces you already own even more fabulous. This stops mindless online shopping. And I know more than anyone that this is a dangerous time for that!
I promise you that you’ll have more outfits in your wardrobe than you think possible. One of the top mistakes I see when women invite me into their homes to edit their wardrobes, is a tendency to be rigid about what goes with what.
Let’s say a specific top that goes with a specific skirt.
Is this how you approach your outfit combinations?
Dressing this way is incredibly restricting and not at all necessary.
I’d like to show you another, better way.
Now, this method will require some stretched thinking and a willingness to experiment but if you’ve a bit of spare time on your hands right now, why not give it a go? You’ve got nothing to lose and loads of new outfits to gain!
How To Shop From Your Wardrobe
- Pick 2 different pairs of footwear.
- Pick two trousers or two skirts or one of each.
- Take three tops. A mixture of neutral, coloured and patterned can be nice (but not essential).
- Start with one of the pairs of shoes and one pair of trousers or a skirt. Put them on.
- Next, try each of the three tops with that combination.
- When you find a combination you like, snap a photo so that you remember it!
- Don’t like a combination – swap out one of your items and try again.
- Repeat these steps with the other shoes and the different trousers/skirt.
- Finally start again with new items.
- If you are easily overwhelmed, don’t try too many combinations in one sitting. Come back to it another day.
By the time we are out of social-distancing/isolation, you could have ‘countless’ new outfits ready to wear!
N.B. Sometimes, outfits only work when you’ve added a belt, tucked a top in (or the ever-popular half-tuck), added a scarf or necklace or rolled up the sleeves. Spend a moment or two playing before you write an outfit off. Don’t be afraid to mix colours and prints, this is the time to experiment.
Watch My Live Demo
In this video, I demonstrate how this process works. I used 7 pieces of clothing/footwear and created 12 outfits. If I was to add another piece of clothing or a different pair of shoes into the mix, I could potentially create 16 outfits, and adding in 2 more would create 20 outfits!
This makes me super-happy.
Can you see how brilliant this could be for your own wardrobe?
Give it a go and let me know by leaving me a comment!
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