No Shop January and February: Six Ways to Remix Your Closet

 NO SHOP JANUARY AND FEBRUARY:  SIX WAYS TO REMIX YOUR CLOSET  One of the steps I’m taking to my New Year’s Resolution of becoming more financially stable is to have a NO SHOP January and February!  One of the best ways to get me to spend money is for my favorite shops to send me emails about the great deals and winter clearance they are offering, but I am going to say NO to any spending on clothes, shoes, or new make-up!  Now, I’m being realistic and know that I will still spend money on my usual services (i.e., hair and nail appointments), replace my tried and true make-up and skin products if needed, purchase fun food and wine, and have a list of home items I want to buy, but after getting so many gifts for Christmas and doing my own Black Friday shopping, there is no need for any new clothing or make-up items at this time.  I need to wear what I have, wear my new stuff, and create a bunch of new outfits for the winter months ahead!  If I can save money in one area, that is worth it to me!  That means more funds available to pay off debt, save, or purchase other needed/wanted items.   If you did not receive any new clothes for the holidays and are looking at your closet in disgust, I assure you that there are ways to create never before seen outfits that will make you feel like you ARE wearing something brand new.  Below are six ways to look at your closet in a new way:  1)        Clean and Organize Your Closet   There is no better time than the New Year to clean and organize your closet.  Use a snowy or cold weekend this month to really review all the items in your closet.  I guarantee that you will likely find an item of clothing that you bought and never wore OR forgot you had!  There may even be an older item of clothing that you kept and is back in style again.   Also use this time to purge items or take account of basics that you may need to replace due to overuse or sizing.  If you are in need of basics, then you may need to break away from the No Shop January/February mantra and replace them.  Buying high quality basics at a low winter sale/clearance price is worth it, especially if you are going to get your use out of them but limit your purchases to update the basics in your wardrobe that you wear consistently if you are looking to decrease spending.  Lastly, organize your clothing, shoes, and jewelry in a way that is season appropriate, as well as by item of clothing or color.  Let’s face it, the hot pink  shorts will likely not see daylight until June (unless you live  in a warm climate), so put those in the back of your closet or in storage under your bed to save space and allow you to focus on clothing that is only needed to be worn now.   You will do the same thing come spring/summer time (no one needs to wear wool when it is 90 degrees).  Less visual clutter will allow you to take account of what you have when planning outfits.   2)        Use your Basic Items as your Outfit Foundation   As I mentioned above, having high-quality basics is key to having a versatile closet.  You can never go wrong in investing in these basics, as I guarantee you will wear them more than any other item in your closet.  If you look at my outfits, I often wear dress pants and pencil skirts in basic colors (e.g., black, navy, pinstriped, brown) and dress them up with shoes or fun sweaters, blouses, or blazers.  I will admit, I have a lot of clothes, and I have pants and skirts in fun colors and patterns but know my closet basics will be worn much more consistently.   Some good closet basics to consider investing in include:  dress pants in basic colors (e.g., black, brown, navy, khaki, pinstriped), skirts in basic colors (whatever your style—pencil skirt, A-line, maxi in black, brown, khaki, pinstriped), a good pair of jeans, black leggings, a pair of black pumps or flats (or both!  Whatever your preference), a good pair of boots, a white blouse,  blazers (black for sure, but other basic colors work too), camisoles (black, nude, and white), and basic sweaters (turtlenecks, crew necks, and v-necks). Obviously, there will be some different spring and summer basics to add, but these staples will help you in January and February and some are all-season items.   To give you an idea of how you can just use these basic items, I have done some flatlays of using some of the items mentioned above and how you can pair JUST the basics in creating new outfits.

NO SHOP JANUARY AND FEBRUARY:  SIX WAYS TO REMIX YOUR CLOSET

One of the steps I’m taking to my New Year’s Resolution of becoming more financially stable is to have a NO SHOP January and February!  One of the best ways to get me to spend money is for my favorite shops to send me emails about the great deals and winter clearance they are offering, but I am going to say NO to any spending on clothes, shoes, or new make-up!  Now, I’m being realistic and know that I will still spend money on my usual services (i.e., hair and nail appointments), replace my tried and true make-up and skin products if needed, purchase fun food and wine, and have a list of home items I want to buy, but after getting so many gifts for Christmas and doing my own Black Friday shopping, there is no need for any new clothing or make-up items at this time.  I need to wear what I have, wear my new stuff, and create a bunch of new outfits for the winter months ahead!  If I can save money in one area, that is worth it to me!  That means more funds available to pay off debt, save, or purchase other needed/wanted items. 

If you did not receive any new clothes for the holidays and are looking at your closet in disgust, I assure you that there are ways to create never before seen outfits that will make you feel like you ARE wearing something brand new.  Below are six ways to look at your closet in a new way:

1)       Clean and Organize Your Closet

There is no better time than the New Year to clean and organize your closet.  Use a snowy or cold weekend this month to really review all the items in your closet.  I guarantee that you will likely find an item of clothing that you bought and never wore OR forgot you had!  There may even be an older item of clothing that you kept and is back in style again. 

Also use this time to purge items or take account of basics that you may need to replace due to overuse or sizing.  If you are in need of basics, then you may need to break away from the No Shop January/February mantra and replace them.  Buying high quality basics at a low winter sale/clearance price is worth it, especially if you are going to get your use out of them but limit your purchases to update the basics in your wardrobe that you wear consistently if you are looking to decrease spending.

Lastly, organize your clothing, shoes, and jewelry in a way that is season appropriate, as well as by item of clothing or color.  Let’s face it, the hot pink  shorts will likely not see daylight until June (unless you live  in a warm climate), so put those in the back of your closet or in storage under your bed to save space and allow you to focus on clothing that is only needed to be worn now.   You will do the same thing come spring/summer time (no one needs to wear wool when it is 90 degrees).  Less visual clutter will allow you to take account of what you have when planning outfits. 

2)       Use your Basic Items as your Outfit Foundation

As I mentioned above, having high-quality basics is key to having a versatile closet.  You can never go wrong in investing in these basics, as I guarantee you will wear them more than any other item in your closet.  If you look at my outfits, I often wear dress pants and pencil skirts in basic colors (e.g., black, navy, pinstriped, brown) and dress them up with shoes or fun sweaters, blouses, or blazers.  I will admit, I have a lot of clothes, and I have pants and skirts in fun colors and patterns but know my closet basics will be worn much more consistently. 

Some good closet basics to consider investing in include:  dress pants in basic colors (e.g., black, brown, navy, khaki, pinstriped), skirts in basic colors (whatever your style—pencil skirt, A-line, maxi in black, brown, khaki, pinstriped), a good pair of jeans, black leggings, a pair of black pumps or flats (or both!  Whatever your preference), a good pair of boots, a white blouse,  blazers (black for sure, but other basic colors work too), camisoles (black, nude, and white), and basic sweaters (turtlenecks, crew necks, and v-necks). Obviously, there will be some different spring and summer basics to add, but these staples will help you in January and February and some are all-season items. 

To give you an idea of how you can just use these basic items, I have done some flatlays of using some of the items mentioned above and how you can pair JUST the basics in creating new outfits.

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 Links to good basics are below, and many are on sale for great prices!

Links to good basics are below, and many are on sale for great prices!

3)       Use Accessories to Change the Up the Look

Accessories, such as jewelry, scarves, shoes, and handbags, are key to changing up your look.  These pops of color and pattern will make a boring outfit look new and fresh!  My personal preference is more expensive, high quality handbags, so I do not always get great deals on these, but there are plenty of less expensive and cute bags available.  Look out for Kate Spade’s 75% off sales or use websites/apps like Poshmark, FashionPhile, or Ebay to purchase gently used designer bags. 

Outside of handbags, you can buy items like jewelry and scarves for low prices (under $20), and many websites and stores have great deals on shoes (e.g., ShoeDazzle, JustFab, and DSW).

If you’re like me and do not want to shop, feel free to integrate fun shoes, jewelry, and scarves into your outfit.  I added some of these fun pieces to my flatlays to change up the look.

Products are also linked below.

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4)       Layer!

One thing I was not always good at in my younger years was layering items to get a different look.  This often consisted of layering a patterned sweater or blouse under a blazer or even layering a cardigan under a blazer!  This can create different looks that I never thought of!  See how I added a houndstooth sweater to change up the looks in my flatlays!

Additional products are linked below.

 

 

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5)       Integrate the Trendy or New Pieces as You Would Like

I’m sure many of you have additional clothing items that are new, fun, or trendy that you want to wear.  These can be integrated in as well!  See how I added a new item to my flatlays to further change the look.  

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6)      Use Pinterest, Google Image Searches, or Instagram Style Challenges

As many of you, I love Pinterest and can spend hours browsing all the fun ideas for fashion, home, and garden.  I have so many outfits on Pinterest pinned!  Use these photos as prompts to help you create new outfits!  Better yet, if you are trying to find a way to style an item differently, search “houndstooth blazer outfit” in Pinterest and/or Google Images to find outfit ideas for a specific item.  I often do this when I have a unique item that I have only worn one way and am stumped on how else to style it.  You will be surprised at the different ideas I have come up with these simple searches.  You would also be surprised at how many similar items you own that you can integrate into the outfit.

Last but not least, feel free to join in on the many style challenges from fellow bloggers and fashionistas on Instagram.  For most of them, there will be a daily or weekly prompt that you will have to follow and create a new outfit to go along with the prompt.  There are no rules; it’s how you interpret it for your outfit!  This is a great way to get creative with your closet.

So there are the tips and tricks I use to remix my closet and create new outfits.  I use these tips ALL year long, even when I am not trying to focus on minimizing spending, but they are especially helpful when I need to get the creative juices flowing.  Even if you are shopping all winter season long, I hope you use these tips to inspire you to get creative with your closet.  Let’s face it—once you wear a new item, you will want to figure out a different way to wear it!

Have fun my friends!