I've kind of vowed to myself to stay away from clothes shopping. If something super worthy comes along, I'll think twice about buying it, but I might make the sacrifice. Otherwise, I'm really trying to save as much as I can for our wedding and honeymoon.
As a teacher, I don't make a ton of money (shocker!), and I don't want to compromise too much, so I need to be smarter with my spending. Basically, besides going out to eat once or twice a week, and buying groceries, I'm not spending money on anything else except for bills. Date nights are another exception, but no other superfluous spending. I'm also seeing what other ways I can earn money (summer school, online tutoring, etc.) to supplement.
So, even though I feel like I need a new business casual wardrobe, for this season of life, I'm holding off. I know I can definitely use what I already have to make decent outfits.
Enter step 1: The closet clean-out.
While this may seem counter-intuitive, clearing out old/unused clothes will give your closet a new life, and will allow you to see clothes you might've forgotten about! You know you're not going to wear clothing that doesn't fit anymore or that you haven't worn in a year. And, you'll get a grasp of what you already own that you love, and what you can put on your 'must buy' list when you're ready to shop and build your dream closet. (Plus, you might be able to cheat if you take them to Plato's Closet and only "buy" clothing equal to what you made off of selling your old items ;)
Step 2: Picking out outfits the week before.
This has helped me so much in so many ways. I look at the weather before I lay out my clothes so I can best gauge what I need... and if you're in Florida like me, and some mornings are freezing while afternoons are sweltering, you know you may be able to get by with a heavy jacket over short sleeves to transition smoothly. I wake up at approximately 5:30 every morning and do NOT have the time or energy to think about what to wear (plus, my fiancé is still trying to sleep, so turning on the lights or trying to make out clothing with just a cell phone light is no bueno).
You can also do it nightly, which works better with checking the temperature because forecasts can change from the beginning of the week to the end. Plus, maybe on Sunday you're ready to wear a certain dress, but come Thursday, you just want pants.
Step 3: Look for inspiration.
Pinterest, instagram, and blogs are your best friend! (or, if you have a very stylish co-worker like I do... just mentally take note of how they make their outfits work!) Search items you have in your closet on pinterest to see how others have used them in their outfits- for example, search floral skirt - maybe you'll see combinations you haven't thought about and can now create different outfits with something you already have! Check out my pinterest board to see some of my style inspirations (maybe you can get started with yours from mine!).
Step 4: Mixing and matching.
Take the inspiration you've gained from the internet and go to work finding new combinations from your clothes. If you're brave enough, even take on a style challenge, like the 10x10 or capsule wardrobe. You can take pictures of your most loved combinations and save them in a folder on your phone for the next time you're in need of some creativity.
How do you make your closet work on a budget?
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