You’re not a boring person. You’re creative, unique, and expressive – but do your clothes reflect those qualities? Does your closet truly capture who you are now, or has it become a collection of pieces and statements about who you were? Whether we’ve outgrown our clothes figuratively or literally (hey, bodies change!) we all deserve a chance to reinvent or revitalize our personal style every now and again.
Is it time for a wardrobe refresh? Here are some tips for refreshing your style and updating your closet without breaking the bank.
Figure Out What You’re Working With:
Assess your current wardrobe situation so you have a clear idea of what you’re working with before you start to get organized. Go through your closet with a selective eye. It can be helpful to separate your “keep” items and your “donation” items first.
Make the Tough Calls:
Doesn’t fit? Let it go. Can’t remember the last time you wore it? Let it go. Are you only hanging onto it for sentimental reasons? Let it go. We know that that last one can be really hard. Many of us attach memories or aspirations to items we no longer need, or to clothes that we no longer wear. But, hanging on to things we no longer need can very quickly lead to clutter and disorganization. Hang on to those memories, but let the items go.
Invest in Restoration, Not Replacements:
Before you donate or toss those worn-out shoes or that jacket with the missing buttons, explore your restoration options first. Investing a little extra time or money into repairing and restoring your clothes is always better than shelling out more cash for identical items. See what you can save, and replace only what you cannot.
Be Intentional with Your New Purchases:
It can be easy to get a little carried away when hunting for new and exciting outfits and accessories. But remember, you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe, not double it in size. Do your best to avoid making unnecessary purchases – even when they come in the form of hot deals or great bargains. Instead, focus on finding the exact item or accessory you need. Even if your search takes a little longer, being patient and selective will pay off when you come home to a closet that is literally tailored to nothing but your specific tastes.
Consider Trying a Capsule Wardrobe:
Updating your style doesn’t require a huge budget – or a large closet! Instead, consider trying out a capsule wardrobe. Focus on choosing high-quality, flattering pieces that can be easily mixed and matched. Capsule wardrobes provide you with plenty of options and versatility even though they only require a few specific items.
Swap with Some Stylish Friends:
Get together with some friends to expand your refresh options with a group clothing swap. Clothing swaps aren’t just a fun way to hang out with your trendiest companions, they’re also a terrific way for you to find new wardrobe items for free. Even better? Your donation pile will grow too. Combine and upcycle all of the leftover items. That way, everyone in attendance will benefit from the new styles – and the cleaner closets.
Be Adventurous, and Have Fun!
The most important thing to remember is to have fun with your wardrobe refresh. You’ve put in the organization and prep work, now, reward yourself by exploring bold styles, discovering new trends, and coming through with a wardrobe that is reenergized, refreshing, and completely catered to you.
Ready to reinvent your style build your new look? Visit our website to start your wardrobe refresh journey by finding the Goodwill store closest to you.