Monday, February 27, 2012

shop in your own closet!

Over the last year I've really made an effort to 'shop' in my own closet to create outfits that felt just as 'new' as if I had bought new pieces. Now don't get me wrong - I love to shop for clothes and still do. I just do it less often and have less stuff which has become a priority for Guy and I. 
In less than 10 minutes, I had two outfits incorporating pieces I had either a) never worn or b)hadn't worn in a year.
Outfit One
{Target skirt, Old Navy shirt, gifted scarf, Banana Republic bracelet, gifted earrings, and Nine West pumps}

Outfit Two
{Banana Republic sweater, thrifted skirt, JCrew belt, Ann Taylor necklace and Pazzo heels}

Tips on shopping in your own closet:

1. Pick one item you love and build a new outfit from there. For these outfits the green thrifted skirt was the base and the gifted blue scarf was the other base. Starting with one piece you love ensures you'll be able to build an outfit you'll enjoy!
2. Challenge yourself to where pieces in unexpected ways. Use a scarf as a belt. Or tuck a dress into a skirt to morph the dress into a top!
3. Don't wear the same outfit twice! I know that sounds hard but you can mix and match your clothes in a million different ways. I promise!
4. After you do this for a few weeks, take stock of what's missing in your closet. Do you need more accessories to jazz up your outfits? Or do you have plenty of fun tops but not enough pants/skirts to act as the base? Doing this will let you shop wisely next time you head out!

Anyone else take the time to shop their own closet? I'd love to hear!


Lindsay said...

I need to do this more. I always resort to my old favorites and I have tons of cute things waiting to be worn. Love what you put together!

FourJedis said...

I need to do this - and get organized, closet-wise. At first, I thought the belt in the second picture was a pointer - like one for pointing to a board at a meeting... then realized it was a belt. Ha. :) Very cute outfits. Love that scarf!

bananas. said...

that green skirt is thrifted?! no way!!! let's go thrifting together k. i'll facetime you! lol.

i love shopping my own closet...pinching pennies sometimes feels like a hundred bucks! but then my retail addiction flares up and i forget all that. fail.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I love this idea - I need to do it! And I love that Ann Taylor necklace!

Dee Stephens said...

I need to do this too. It just takes time and me losing a few pounds to like the way I look in certain things! OH VEY! LOL!

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

You know I'm hearting all over this post. Love these outfits, Morgan!

Kristen said...

Once I get out of pajamas... I cannot wait to try this in my own closet!