We hate to admit when summer’s end is coming, but there’s nothing like revamping your look for the fashion season.
The truth is the average woman doesn’t have Beyoncé money to blow on a new wardrobe every season. And while revamping your look every time the weather changes sounds nice, it’s also time and energy consuming. But, we feel like all women deserve to refresh her image every now and then. In our world of fashion and beauty, nothing is impossible. Here we’ve laid the foundation to creating a practical attempt and refreshing your look.
STEP 1: DE-CLUTTER YOUR CLOSET
This is always the first step to creating or gaining something new, in all aspects of your life. You can’t make room for a fresh look if your closet is packed with clothes and shoes that you never wear (or don’t plan on wearing again). Now, when we say de-clutter, we don’t mean throw away. There are consignment shops that will buy your clothes and thrift stores that offer tax write-offs to make de-cluttering efficient.
The key focuses when de-cluttering your closet are as follows:
-Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit (no buying clothes for weight loss inspiration)
-Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in six months (you’re never going to wear them)
-Get rid of anything that is completely out of style
De-cluttering will allow you to see the gaps in your wardrobe and you’ll be able to accurately assess what you need, want and can wait on.
STEP 2: MAKE A LIST OF YOUR NEEDS
Give yourself, at minimum, 30 minutes to think about the below key factors that will be essential to your new wardrobe:
-Lifestyle (your fitness regimen, weekend activities, etc.)
-Climate You Live In
From these factors, you can decide what will be most desirable and functional for your wardrobe. Remember, if you’re focused on becoming an attorney, investing in a good fitting, chic suit will probably be more important than those ripped jeans you saw at Zara. Priorities, ladies!
STEP 3: CREATE A SHOPPING BUDGET, PER PAYCHECK
I found that it’s better to dedicate $75 per paycheck to a new piece or pieces of clothing, than to swipe $300 on a credit card at once. Building a new fashion sense takes time, but it doesn’t have to take up all of your money. In fact, creating this kind of budget will prevent you from overspending and impulse buying. Stick to your guns and don’t just buy something because you have the money set aside. If this week’s shopping money is devoted to finding the perfect white blazer, but you don’t happen to find anything you like, hold off until you do.
STEP 4: CREATE A LIST OF GO-TO STORES
If you’re a shopper, list the stores you normally hit up and what they offer you. If you know the Gap has jeans that look great on your body, keep that in the “jeans and pants” file. If you’re not a shopper, ask the women who may have your similar shape or taste in style where they go, and check out their suggestions. Look up the new stores they offer and go have a day of window shopping where you try on clothes to see if they fit your body type or style. Then, decide from there what you’d like to buy in the future.
STEP 5: DEVOTE THE TIME TO SHOP FOR YOURSELF
It’s easy to create time for yourself when you're young, single and, perhaps, childless. But, for the women who have more than enough on their plates, adding shopping to the list sounds daunting. Here’s the best tip: carve out a special window, preferably in the morning, to get up, go to the mall and hunt down your new essentials. Whether you have to leave the kids with hubby or hire a babysitter, or reschedule your weekend brunch date with your girls, the point is to dedicate the time to revamping yourself.
STEP 6: DON'T SETTLE FOR "GOOD ENOUGH"
Never, ever buy a piece of clothing that makes you say “meh.” If you aren’t head over heels for the item, don’t buy it. Period. Everything you purchase moving forward should make you feel confident and comfortable. And if you do buy something on impulse (because we’re human), take it back and get a refund or store credit.