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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: January 18, 2013

An experiment in shopping my closet…complete!

Last week, I resolved to be a better dresser. And own a cleaner closet (see proof above). And create new outfits from already existing clothes. Basically, I set the bar high for 2013.

And guess what? It went off without a hitch! The only outfit change I made was swapping out a white cardigan to a navy one. Apparently, I’ll never wear a white cardigan, so that one is heading straight to the Goodwill pile!

Here’s a few things I learned from the experiment.

1. Don’t make it emotional. I really had to reason with myself and ask, “Will I really wear this?” not, “Do I really love this?”

2. Rethink how you wear things. Rather than look at your dresses as just dresses, look at them as skirts and tops too. They’re easy to layer under a skirt or wear with a sweater or blouse over them.

3. Keep a running list of what’s missing. When all was said and done, I did realize there were a few key pieces I needed to help create lots of outfits: a gray crewneck sweater, black boots. Classic pieces that would be truly helpful in rounding out a curated closet. Now the next time I do shop, I’ll remember the items I actually need and be less likely to splurge on a leather peplum top. Which my friend had to talk me out of last weekend…still regretting it!

4. When in doubt, ask for help. If I didn’t know if I should keep something, I tried on an outfit and asked my boyfriend what he thought. When I didn’t get the answer I wanted, I snapped a photo and texted it to friends for their opinion. And if they all agreed, I knew I had my answer. If you want some professional help, you can always seek out a closet stylist, like my good friend Ashley, who is ridiculously good at putting together outfits.

Well, there you have it! Have any of you also tried this experiment? Do you plan to try it soon?

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