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