Although getting dressed each day doesn’t exactly look how it used to—and it’ll still be a little bit
before we return to that place—we will get back there and get to be excited again about putting on
an outfit and showing it off to the world. It’s important that we stay excited about fashion, especially
if it’s something that we normally love to express ourselves through.
So it doesn’t matter if you’re just anticipating the moment life returns to normal, getting tired of
wearing the same set of sweats everyday, or getting dressed in cute outfits for yourself while social
distancing; a stylist’s expert advice can always be helpful.
I can not even begin to count the amount of times I’ve approached my closet—which is overfilling
with clothes—and said to myself, “I literally have NOTHING to wear!” I’ve always loved fashion,
following trends, and most of all, shopping … but I still get stuck on wearing the same outfit combo
over and over and have moments of feeling uninspired by my wardrobe from time to time.
So let’s sort out our closet, and improve our style here are some tips I’ve found.
Take inventory of what you have and what you like before purchasing something new
Before jumping on a new trend and buying something new just because you’re seeing a lot of it,
ask yourself if it meshes well with your personal style and if it would really be a good addition to
your wardrobe. “I love to look at the trends each season and see how they speak to me and my
personal style. Is it the color combos that I like? New silhouettes? A fresh pair of shoes in a new
style that I haven’t seen before? I take inventory of what I have and see what I can add to the mix,
then I start looking based on my budget.
Adding in trends or luxury items doesn’t have to break the bank
A sure-fire way to keep your style on point is by taking trends from the runways themselves—but
that can get very expensive, very fast. “If you are going to invest in a designer item, “I always
suggest purchasing something for the long haul that becomes a basic piece in your wardrobe,
versus a trendy item.” Try this new idea inviting friends over for a clothing swap to get new pieces
without spending money, everyone wins
Start with a foundation of basics
your closet does not need to be filled to the brim with clothes to have great style. having a few
awesome basics is the true foundation for a great wardrobe. “Every woman needs to own a great
suit that can be worn as separates—if you have black already, try a bold color,” Other essentials?
“An all-purpose tote handbag, denim that can be worn on weekends and for a night out, a classic
black pump ,and of course, a great cocktail dress … and no, it does not have to be black.”
Some of my faves:
- High-waisted jeans and a fitted bodysuit with a statement boot or mules for spring
- Strappy sandals and a loose summer dress
- A great suit with power pumps and a bold accessory, like statement earrings or a cool necklace
- A statement blouse—a blouson sleeve with denim and a sandal for spring, or with pumps for evenings out or a more dressed-up everyday look
Donate, sell, and give away pieces often
One of the hardest things to do when it comes to your wardrobe (I especially struggle with this), is
to know when it’s time to get rid of some pieces. I am always thinking, “but what if I suddenly need
to wear this?!” about those random dresses at the back of my closet.
“The back of the closet is the hardest place to find inspo. Usually these items are impulse
purchases or one-time occasion options that we don’t know where we will wear next. Get into the
back of your closet and try everything on—if you don’t love it, donate it, sell it, or give it to a friend,”
There could be a plus side to that closet clean out, though. “Sell what you can and donate the rest.
Use the extra funds to find pieces that make you feel confident and beautiful.
However, if you do love something but don’t wear it often, try styling it in a different way
“If you do love it, then try to pair it with something you already owned. Is it a pair of patterned
pants? Try pattern mixing with a printed top. If it’s a summery dress, try pairing it with a sweater
and boots for a fall look. A statement jacket looks great with a white T-shirt and denim, or try mixing
up a more formal item with some of your casual pieces,“It’s trying those familiar pieces in new
ways that makes them feel fresh again.”
Wearing something that fits properly and that you are confident in is key
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that a lot of people (me included) neglect to tailor their
clothes, for one reason or another. However, Erin stressed that a proper fit is key in looking your
best. “Tailoring is the #1 service I offer my clients. If something doesn’t fit properly, it ruins the look.
Investing in tailoring will give life to your clothes that it doesn’t have: a custom fit!” she said.
It is so important to feel confident in what you’re wearing. “A stylist’s job is to make sure their
clients feel comfortable and present a confident image—whether it’s a red carpet event or press
interview,“Make sure when you are purchasing clothing and putting outfits together that they make
you feel like ‘you’ and confident to be who you are. If you are trying to be someone else or wearing
something you aren’t comfortable in, it shows.”
Always be switching up your accessories, silhouettes, and colors
a simple tip for freshening up wardrobe basics that you probably already have in your closet:
“Accessories, accessories, accessories. For this season, I am loving layered necklaces over a
white T-shirt.“Trying a new style of denim instead of a classic skinny can change an entire look—I
am loving the high-waisted wide leg,” And with leather jackets and blazers, try adding a colored
bag or shoe to make the look more fresh.”
Stay on the lookout for inspiration and keep it fun
Lastly, the importance of continuing to look for inspiration, even if you’re feeling tired of your
clothes or burned out on your style. “Check out Pinterest, Instagram, and magazine editorials and
sshapesstyle see if you can find fresh new ways to style items you already own,“Chances are,
inspiration is out there, you just have to look for it. I am always trying to find ways to make looks
feel fresh and constantly looking for personal inspiration and inspiration for my clients.”
remember to always have fun with fashion. “Fashion is a creative, functional expression for
everyday life. Don’t be afraid to try something new or mix things up. We all have to get dressed
each day, so we might as well make it as fun as possible,”
Which of these tips was most helpful to you or you have your ideas to share?
Let me know in the comments!