Although I’m not a fashion blogger, I do love fashion. A little-known fact is that I almost went to fashion design school at RISD instead of attending College in Florida. Although my career path took a much different turn to professional blogger, I’m still interested in making a statement with my clothing. Of course, if you know me this is rarely the case. I’m usually wearing the same t-shirts, sweaters, scarves, and jeans. Turns out that’s actually not an exaggeration.
When we moved to Conway around six months ago, I put all of my clothing into their new homes and turned the hangers backward. Now that I’ve gone through three seasons of clothing, I can tell what I haven’t worn in some time. Almost all of my clothes are still on hangers turned backward. Turns out, I wear the same six or seven items over and over again. We’re not even talking outfits here—just pieces of clothing! I wear 3 pairs of jeans, a handful of shirts, and two sweaters. And I wear them over and over again.
Why is this? Trying on a favorite pair of jeans I haven’t worn since last year was a rude awakening. “Woah, girl. What is going on here?!” While I’m making moves to change my eating habits and incorporate exercise into my life again, the truth is that I need to rehaul my whole wardrobe. Most of what I own doesn’t fit my lifestyle or how I see myself today. But how do I start?
How To Revamp Your Wardrobe
Step One: Learning What You Like and What Works
I love girly basics. Brightly colored simple pieces attract my attention. I adore dresses, heels, and pearls—the ultra-feminine. If you take a look at my ever-popular Pinterest board of fashion, you can see a definite trend. Blair Waldorf’s costuming was and is my fashion jam. I’m a professional adult right now and see myself as someone to be reckoned with—my clothes aren’t conveying that statement. In fact, I probably look like a little bit of a schmuck.
Part of the problem is that when I think of myself and my body, I don’t think of what I really look like. I’m curvy but, for whatever reason, my brain is stuck on the bone-thin girl I was in high school. A lot of things in my closet, from years ago, fit a body two or three bodies ago and just don’t work for my shape anymore. When I do buy new things, I often picture someone else’s body wearing them instead of mine. Not good for finding the right things!
What works for me? Nipped waists, very minimal amount of embellishments, and long lines to make me look taller and more balanced. Read more A Day in an Online Business Owner’s Life
Step Two: Assess Your Closet
So now that I know what I’m shooting for, I can take an analytic eye to my current clothing. By looking at my clothing from a perspective of what looks good on me, I can get a better grip on my wardrobe. Things should fit my figure and meet the quality standards I set for myself. I’m a hardworking, go-getting young woman and my clothing should reflect that. Clothing that doesn’t say that is going bye-bye.
Step Three: Start Planning
Of course, I can’t buy everything in the world. I need to budget and get more use out of what’s left in my wardrobe, which takes a bit of planning. I need to take stock of what I have, what outfits I need, and what is missing. In the planning stage, I need to think about my actual life and routines and what will work—not just some idea of what my life should be like.
I’ll check back in and let you know how I’m doing after completing these first steps!
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Have you rehauled your own wardrobe? What did you find the most challenging?