The best thing about shopping your own closet might just be falling in love all over again.
MY SLOW START TO SUMMER
Last week, I finally felt more inspired by summer clothing. Finally, mid-summer, for the first time. Truth be told, apart from a fortnight or so of truly hot scorching days, our summer has been comfortable. Even, so cold at night that I pull on a thin knit or sweater and cosy up. I’ve been wearing my usual everyday uniform of jeans and a tee most days (when I wasn’t wearing activewear).
Maybe it’s due to the fact that I wasn’t feeling as comfortable in my own skin for a bit there, but have started to feel stronger and notice the extra weight has dropped off again. I’ve been working out every day between 30 to 90 minutes a day, mixing up HIIT, running, weight training, yoga, and pilates. Feeling stronger, sleeping better, having more of a routine and tracking my progress are the best things about staying active. A bonus (the way I see it), being that I feel more confident wearing summery crop tops and shorter hemlines.
Maybe I had to go through that bit of time feeling sluggish to appreciate what an active routine can do for me again as a reminder.
WHY I TRY ON MY CLOTHES AT THE START OF A NEW SEASON
When feeling a little more myself, and admittedly more inspired, I pulled out some of my trusty mini skirts, dresses, and linen pants to begin to try them all on again. I usually do this at the beginning of a new season to check that I still love everything, that the fit is okay and if anything needs a quick repair. Though I do dress fairly the same all year round, the hottest summer days definitely push me out of my jeans.
This time I didn’t really find I had many pieces I wanted to donate. But if I do, I make sure to drop them off with a women’s shelter or charity shop. While trying pieces on, I come up with a few outfits and either snap mirror selfies for reference on my phone or put some outfits together on a rack, ready to be worn. These mini-edits save me time and allow me to plan ahead for any particular days I have coming up.
THE BONUSES OF SHOPPING YOUR OWN CLOSET
Trying everything on also gives me an opportunity to revisit things I might not have worn in a while and get excited about them again. Rather than always feeling drawn to something new, styling new ways to wear something you already own saves money and unnecessary consumerism. It’s a win-win.
In the meantime, you might have actually bought something else which you had never thought to wear with something you had tucked in your closet. This happens to me all the time. With fresh eyes, I might realize a pair of boots I’ve barely worn are made to be with a particular dress or skirt. Bonus! Or that a simple denim skirt and tee can be refreshed with a touch of colour like this bag in my outfit above.
Of course, if I style a simple outfit like this one, I tend to try it with flat shoes, casual sneakers, heels, and a different bag, swapping accessories around till I have about three or more looks in mind, ready to go. Saves time and makes sure my wardrobe is used, appreciated and allows me not to think about wanting new things as often.
I’d love to know if anyone else tries everything on and gets inspired by shopping from your own closet too. Please leave me a comment letting me know below.
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