A decade ago, I was less mindful of the environment and my finances. I went shopping way too often, and purchases were not always wise ones. I lost sight of my goal of investing in pieces to wear with what I already owned. These days, all of my purchases are well-planned elements that fit within my master plan.
I spend significantly less per year on fashion, but look much more put together and confident now. That’s why I continue to blog. I want to share inspiration and the tips I’ve learned with you so that you can create a closet that is as much fun to shop as a boutique.
Inspiration allows me to create a wide variety of contemporary looks from what is already in my closet. The following tips have been helpful to me. Collect inspiration for combinations you might not have thought of on your own. One way to do this is to create a private board on Pinterest. When you see a look that appeals to you, pin the image to that board. You can also keep a folder on your computer to store your favorite shots for future reference.
Keep a record of your most successful outfits on your phone. You can snap a selfie or lay the items on the floor or your bed and take a photo to help you recall your best combinations. Refer to any of these sources on the days when inspiration is lacking.
I learned long ago to invest in classic traditional objects for my home and have returned to the same policy for my wardrobe. Almost all the pieces are interchangeable. Nothing is for a particular room or only for a specific outfit. If something draws me in, I often find that it has a familiar design thread and is consistent with other objects I already own.
It is easy to get bored with what you have or to wear the same things in the same way on repeat. If you have fresh ideas for reference, you can combine the same pieces in new ways and add accessories more creatively.
I’ve had the V-neck cashmere sweater for more than four years, but I’ve never worn it over a blouse. To keep warm on Sunday, I layered the black sweater over a black button-front blouse and added a couple of silver necklaces to add light around my face. The bag was a gift from Teddy Blake last year. White jeans are always in my closet. The Sam Edelman loafers are from an end of the season sale.