Shop Your Own Closet!

I do it all too often; a special event is well on its way; I have plenty of notice to give me enough time to find something to wear, yet I fail to select something on time. It can be frustrating running around at the last minute trying to find that perfect ensemble. 

I usually end up settling on my usual ritual of shopping out of my own closet. I got lucky because a year before this particular event, I was smart enough to pick up a “just-in-case” item. It was an off-the- shoulder top that I really didn’t need at the time, but I purchased it, “just-in-case.” 

It worked out perfectly. I coupled it with my old faithful black pencil skirt, threw on a pair of my favorite sandals, and accessorized it with a custom-made bracelet that was gifted to me; and paired with a Donna Karan pin that I purchased about 20 years. 

Since I shopped in my own closet; I didn’t have to get on the road, pay for parking, or be bothered by some salesclerk wanting to know if I would like to save 10 cents on a $30.00 purchase, simply by using my credit card. I was very pleased with the outcome and I saved money and time in the process. 

I suggest if you happen to stumble over something you love; even if you really don’t need it at the time; yet it fits into your special occasion lifestyle, then grab it. 

Shopping your own closet is basically about finding things that you haven’t worn in a while, recycling items that may need to be repaired, blending patterns that maybe you would not have otherwise tried, or adding some new buttons, an ornament, or taking a few items to a tailor to alter the look or style to give the garment a new and refreshing look, or at the very least, something different. 

The whole objective of shopping out of your closet is to make a new collection out of old items. That jacket that you always wear with the same skirt; well pair it with a skirt or a pair of pants that you have never worn before. Mix colors and patterns that take you away from your standard, signature look. 

Here are some tips: 

  1. Don’t disregard those items that you have not worn for a while. I hear stylists say if you haven’t worn it in a while, then get rid of it. Nope, see the long-term value in your garments that have versatility and flexibility; especially if they are the classics. 
  2. Take a look at Pinterest for some inspiration that may help you repurpose some of your current items. 
  3. Make use of your accessories to revamp items that you were otherwise bored with. 
  4. Try wearing your garment in different ways, I once wore a shirt backwards and another time, I 

wore a skirt over a dress because I liked the top of the dress and not the bottom. 

  1. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. 

#YSW self-care Message 

Think of how much money and time you will save by repurposing items in your wardrobe. Think about how many items you throw away or give away each year. Don’t spend a lot of money on clothes that will eventually go out of style. 


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