How to Perfect Your Look with this Affordable Closet Makeover

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A closet makeover is just what we need to banish the winter wardrobe blues isn’t it? Spring is around the corner even if the winds are howling and we’re layering like mad. Isn’t it glorious when that first whiff of spring celebrates brighter colors and the hint of warmer temps? We may even have to think about showing some skin; as in bare legs and arms! But don’t fret, we’re going to be ready for it.

No matter what time of year, a closet makeover can easily be accomplished with your budget in mind. Just as we rearrange furniture and accessories to create a new look at home; we can tweak our wardrobe to maximise its potential without breaking the bank.

Our ultimate goal is to wear only clothing that makes us feel fabulous. Got it? Keep a pen and pad handy.

Let’s get started on our closet makeover!

Step One

One item at a time, take everything out of your hanging wardrobe or closet. For those of you over achievers you can pull everything out at once, but start with creating one pile for pants, one for tops, sweaters, skirts and dresses.

Inspect each item carefully. You’re looking for pilling, stains or rips. If the pilling is minimal consider investing in a clothes shaver. It took me forever to buy one but they’re amazing little sweater savers. Toss anything that looks grubby or you’re even slightly embarrassed to be seen in. Trust me on this one! Make a “donate” pile for wearable items you’re tired of or just don’t fancy anymore.

Step Two

If it doesn’t fit, it also goes in the toss or donate pile. No exceptions. Got a pair of pants you never wear because they’re just a little too tight at the waist? Let them go. They’ll just be a constant reminder of the money you spent, not how great you look wearing them. Same goes for that velvet jacket that’s now the wrong cut. Thanks fashion gods! I’ve lost count of how many times velvet has gone in and out of style, but if the cut and length is wrong you’ll never wear it.

Step Three

Now your best performing clothes should be hanging back up in your closet. While you’re putting them back, take that extra step and sort your pants, tops, sweaters, dresses etc so they hang together.

Get started with your first item.  Pull out one of your pairs of pants or slacks. Next step is to find three tops to pair nicely with this pair of pants. It’s best to do this in natural daylight so you can get a true idea of color. You want at least three good flattering matches for each pant, skirt or bottom. Think of the pants are your base layer.

Can’t find at least three tops? If the pants or skirt are fabulous then make a note on your pad such as “sexy black pencil skirt” I’m assuming they fit, but if your lovely pants don’t have at least three mates and they’re not fab, drop them in the “donate” pile. Sometimes you have to be ruthless to be chic!

Step Four

Ideally some of the tops you keep will be compatible with more than one pair of pants or skirt. If you find tops that don’t really go with anything they go in your donate pile. Unless they’re smokin hot and fit you like a dream. In which case, make a note on your pad “peasant blouse that makes me look like Sophia”.

Step Five

Ideally each “bottom” in your closet should now be the foundation of an outfit. Now you can pull out your jackets, blazers or cardy sweaters and repeat the process. Does the jacket go with several outfits? I’ve had awesome jackets that I adored but I ditched them when it became clear they were no longer fashionable or working with anything else in my closet. Now’s the time to be unmerciful.

Step Six

Whew, almost there! Now be just as ruthless with belts and shoes. If the shoes are worn out or uncomfortable donate or toss. While you’re trying on an outfit, try on the shoes you plan to wear with it. Does it still work or do you need another shoe or boot to make it chic? If the outfit is on point, but you don’t have the shoes to pull it off, make a note on your pad. “shoes for grey wool flares”.

Step Seven

Alright my love, you’ve made it. You only have in your closet what you love and what loves you back. We’ve come to the best part. Take your little notepad and go shopping. You now know exactly what holes in your closet you need to fill. That little black skirt? Does it need a daytime blouse or a nighttime glittery plunging neckline?

It may help to take a snap of the piece as a reminder. I  like to use my phone since I always have it with me.

Only buy what you need to create a new outfit from what’s already hanging in your closet. To keep it affordable shop consignment shops and thrift stores. Just don’t be swayed by something cute that won’t work with any item hanging in your closet. Pick up some new hangers too while you’re at it. IKEA makes a nice white wooden one.

A closet makeover can be a little tough. We just have to channel our inner Marie Kondo and remember only keep what gives us joy. You’ve just taken the first step towards looking chic and pulled together. Try always to run any new potential purchase through the  “does this make me feel fabulous” and “do I have anything to go with it in my closet” filter. Congratulations, you did it!

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