City Pulse

By Susan Romero

Now that the holidays are over and we face the home stretch of winter, it’s time to hunker down and dig through that closet of yours. I know, you think this is just another one of those clean out your closet articles. Well, it is, but only better. This time we’ll help you actually wear what you have and ultimately make it seem like you went on a shopping spree.

Of course, the first step is to empty out the entire closet and then comes the fun part. Shopping! Give yourself a goal to make five new outfits with clothing and accessories that you already own.

Think you have nothing to wear? Look again with fresh eyes. Ask a friend whose taste you trust to help you sort through the mess. Here are some tips:

Gather
Classic shapes: Blazer jackets, pencil skirts, cardigan sweaters, and pants.
Trendy Items: That faux fur vest or leopard print leggings.
Accessories: Wide belts, scarves and shawls.
Jewelry: Collect necklaces, bracelets, particularly bold shapes or costume jewelry.
Shoes:Include shoes if you have time, otherwise, when making outfits just look for appropriate shoes to coordinate.
Coats

Let Go
- Decide what can be donated or needs tailoring,
-Include a swap pile that you can share with friends at a swap party later.

Make Five New Outfits
-One really casual outfit (not sweats).
-Two work outfits
-One weekend day outfit
-One dressy outfit

Tips for Creating New Outfits
Experiment and think outside the box when coming up with new outfits.
- Think opposites: velvet with denim, denim with tailored separates, contrasting fabrics.
-Add a wide belt to a tailored suit jacket.
-Tie a colorful print scarf through belt loops of tailored pants or jeans.
-Pair a tailored shirt with a trendy skirt.
I discovered that a coat that is one size too big could be belted and transformed into a wearable and stylish addition to my wardrobe. I almost gave it away! Let us know some of your discoveries.

Happy shopping!

Originally published January 2009
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