You’ve probably heard the term “shop your stash” in reference to makeup, hair products or nail polish. The idea is to save money and clear some space by using products you already have before you buy more. You can also shop from among your clothing, shoes, bags and accessories because chances are, you don’t wear a lot of the items you have. A full closet and “nothing to wear” is one of the most common wardrobe problems.
I’m going to share a few ideas to help you get some mileage out of clothing you may be uncertain about wearing. If you absolutely hate a piece, it’s probably best to swap with a friend, sell via a resale store or donate to charity. On the hand, if you like it but can’t quite figure out how to get it into rotation, these tips are for you.
Wardrobe Problem: You have a fancy dress but you don’t wear it because you don’t go to cocktail parties or formal dinners.
Solution: Reach out to your closest girlfriends and make a reservation at a swanky restaurant well in advance. You probably end up going for pizza or ice cream since it’s cheaper and you can do it at short notice. But a little pre-planning can go a long way. Save up for a fancy night and encourage your girls to wear the dresses or shoes they don’t usually wear. Prepare to take tons of pics!
Wardrobe Problem: You have a statement piece but you’re not quite sure how to style it.
Solution: There can be a temptation to go all out when you have a bold print or colour. And maybe you CAN pair that zebra print jacket with another print someday (like you saw on Instagram) but start out simple. Maybe a black pencil skirt is all you need to get you out the door the first time. You can try riskier looks as you go on.
Wardrobe Problem: You like the print but you don’t like the silhouette or there’s just some element you want to change.
Solution: Try some DIY. Make cutoffs from long jeans. Use the material from a top to make a headband or headwrap. Turn a skirt into a cosmetic bag. If it’s the colour you don’t like, try dyeing the item.
Getting dressed and making the most of your wardrobe can be challenging but it can also be fun so enjoy the process!
If you have a particular wardrobe challenge, drop a line below and let’s see if we can help you out.