Wednesday April 16th 2014

Fore Front Fashion

An experiment in shopping my closet…complete!

By: Laura Serino

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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