Earlier this month, I talked about how I am doing a 6 week spending freeze inspired by the fact that I spend WAY too much on clothing. I felt like six weeks of no clothes shopping and, indeed, virtually no frivolous shopping at all, would be a great way to “reset” my bad habits and remind myself that I don’t need a new shirt every 7 days to survive. (I’ll do a roundup of all my experiences and thoughts on this spending fast next week.)
As part of my freeze, I’m combining it with what I’m calling the “Shop My Closet” project, in which I make more of an effort to dig into the back of my wardrobe and wear all the shoes, shirts, jewelry, and more that I just, for whatever reason, never bother to put on these days. The reality is, even though it often feels like I have nothing but the same old stuff to wear, there are dozens of combinations I haven’t tried yet.
I’ve been chronically some of my outfits on Instagram stories (you can follow along at @OddlyLovely), but today I want to share my favorite tips about how I’ve been doing some outfit experimentation with my own clothing. I apologize for the horrible photos – they’re essentially notes to myself and I wasn’t intending them to be shared publicly.
1. I put on one item of clothing I rarely wear every day
If left to my own devices, I’ll wear the same five tees and the same two jeans virtually every day, despite the fact that I own dozens and dozens of additional apparel. I started by challenging myself to start each outfit with one item I haven’t worn in weeks or even months, such as a dress or a necklace, and then building the rest of the outfit around it. I was really surprised how much I liked the clothing I never wore – LOL! I guess I bought them two years ago for a reason! I’m delighted to find I now have old favorites back into rotation as new-ish favorites again.
2. I get constant inspiration from Pinterest
I used to use Pinterest primarily to shop for clothing or clothing types that I didn’t own but would like to. Since starting this project, I now look for outfits other women have put together and that I can easily recreate using items I already own. For example, I love finding unique pairings I wouldn’t have thought to put together, such as grungy, graphic tees and bold, flashy necklaces. Although I undoubtedly won’t own the exact same tees and jewelry, I mimic the look with the stuff I already own. I’ve started checking my fashion board every morning before getting dressed to get inspired for that day’s look.
3. I photograph every good outfit
I’m so guilty of putting together a look I love, but then forgetting the combination 24 hours later. Now I’m putting together a photo library, which is especially helpful when the outfit is a little unusual or I have never worn it before. Now, when I’m feeling rushed or unmotivated to put together a new look, I can quickly glance through my library of previous days’ styles to get ideas or just recreate it exactly. It feels like my own personal Pinterest board!
How do you get outfit inspiration? Do you use Pinterest boards or photograph your outfits? How much do you spend on clothing?