Time and time again I am tasked with finding something to where with a limited amount of time. You know the drill. You run to your closet and slightly panic before getting down to business. I will say I am always surprised at what I find and how well I can piece together a stylish and on trend outfit.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you shop your closet for any occasion.
The first thing you need to do is choose one item to build your outfit around. It can be a shoe, dress, top – you name it. If you select a simple article you will have an easier time building your look. (i.e. – white top – this typically goes with everything). From here you look for the next piece and so on. Before you know it you have a stylish look that will take you through the day or night.
Keep in mind that your accessories can dress your outfit up or down. The style will also create the vibe. The same holds true for your shoes. Let me give you an example. I had a dinner with my husband and his clients. I wanted to project a sophisticated, feminine, and stylish look. I found a classic pair of side zip slacks that were fitted. I added a black camisole and grabbed my Halston heels. I still needed a little wow factor and layered the look with my long kimono. A simple pair of hoops and my Tory Burch satchel completed the look. Below is a pic of my kimono and a similar camisole worn (I had a wider strap for coverage and modesty ;3). **I wear this kimono with a ton of outfits – swimsuit coverup, over a dress, with shorts.**
One way to help you achieve this is to sort your clothes by color and style. You can do the same with your shoes and bags too. When you are in a crunch you can immediately go to the item you need to start your outfit.
You should also store and display clothes by season. I like to use these storage bags that vacuum seal for space savers. You can use these bags for bulkier items. TIP – It is important to keep a few basic pieces for year round style. These are in my closet, a white and black t-shirt, a blazer, a black dress, jean jacket, simple flats, sweater, button up shirt, booties, black heel, knee length skirt, and a wrap dress. These basics build on different looks easily transiting into a smart look.
Another tip is to photograph outfits that you like and pull those items to wear different ways. Check out this pic below. I styled a fun graffiti t-shirt three ways. You can also group the items that work together next to each other in your closet. If you look at the pictures below: jeans, slacks, legging, same top, jean jacket and black cardigan. I have them next to each other knowing I have 3 looks within this grouping.
I have one more to share with you today. Below is one of my beloved maxi dresses (I own four colors). You can update this dress and create a boho, dressy, or edgy vibe based on the footwear. The heel (which is a great Valentino dupe) and dress are still available!
I will be sharing two more style boards in another post tomorrow. Stay tuned for more ways to shop your closet!