I have been on a shopping freeze lately, so all my outfits have consisted of items I already own in my closet. It goes without saying that when it comes to fashion, I believe that we don’t have to spend our entire paychecks to look great. Hence the reason I shop second hand, thrift, consignment, estate sales, yard sales and clearance racks of my favorite retail stores. This shopping practice allows me to save money without sacrificing the basic requirement of looking and feeling great in anything I wear.
However, don’t overlook shopping your own closet as one essential way of saving money but still being able to step out looking brand new each time. Shopping your closet allows you to revamp your look. One thing I try to teach my clients that I style that when they are looking at their clothes to style an outfit, always try to wear their items differently each time. This visual refresh keeps you from believing that you need new items each time you put an outfit together.
I purchased this beautiful mod green dress a year ago from Buffalo Exchange, a consignment store here in San Diego, for $13. It’s such a classic look, rich color, fits perfectly, and the price point was amazing for the quality of the piece. The tags were removed, so I have no clue who the designer was. However, if you follow me here on this blog, you know it’s not always about the labels, but rather the entire polished look in the end.
A year ago, I wore this green dress entirely differently. Check out the blog post here about the details of that outfit. As I shopped my closet, I found this green dress that hadn’t been worn in over six months and decided it was time for it be worn again.
This time, I leveraged my accessories for this outfit. You should know that scarves, handbags, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories are sometimes the key to turning ordinary clothing items into stunning outfits. I got this clutch from Unique Afrik a few months ago. Unique Afrik is an online store specializing in african print clothes and accessories, such as this beautiful bag. I love vibrant colors and patterns and this purse is giving me everything. Best of all, it can be worn with the straps as a handbag, tuck the straps in and wear it as a clutch, my personal favorite.
I wanted to give this outfit a little bit of an edge, especially since the last time I wore this green dress I went for the more “demure” look. Shopping my closet I pulled these lace up leather booties that I had previously purchased these Trouve booties from Nordstrom Rack on clearance for $21 during one of their huge clearance sale, last year. They originally retailed for $109, so the savings were huge to me. These booties are quite versatile, and have definitely made their appearance on the blog a couple of times, here and here.
If you are truly serious about saving money and maintaining a stylish look, then shopping your closet should be something that is part of your toolbox for savings. Reinventing pieces that are hidden in your closet is fun, economical and definitely forces you to take notice of everything in your closet. Have you shopped your closet lately?