How To Build A Wardrobe On A Budget, Part 1

Monday, December 15, 2014

build wardrobe on a budget

A/N: This post was originally published in 2013, but it's one of the most popular posts on my blog, so I decided to give it a facelift!

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, "I confronted that eternal puzzle - a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear."

Boy, that has happened to me more times than I'd like to count. Sometimes I look at my closet, shut the door, then open it again hoping something will pop out at me...hasn't worked yet.

After going through this ritual over and over again, I realized that there are two major mistakes made by many of us when it comes to our closets:

We're all closet hoarders. // (Pun intended.) For some reason, we tell ourselves that we need to keep that top and those pants from our younger days. I mean, they might fit again some day! I know. I use to say the same thing. Trust me, you don't really need that top from high school that you wore to your first Sadie Hawkins. If it's sentimental to you, pull it out of your closet and tuck it in a memory box. It's hard to let go, but it's time if you want to improve your wardrobe.

We're sale impulsive buyers. // You head over to the sale rack, pick something up, and bam! It's only two dollars?! I have to buy it! We've all been sucked into this black hole. If you've ever seen a sales rack at Old Navy or Forever 21, you know what I'm talking about. You buy something that you would never buy at full price 9 times out of 10 and it ends up sitting in your closet forever.

So how do we break these horrible habits?

We'll solve these issues in a three part series:
Part 1: Inspire
Part 2: Cleanse
Part 3: Build

Before you start tossing out all of your clothes, you need to determine how you want your wardrobe to look.

Decide how you want to feel. // Write down five words that describe how you want to feel. This is extremely important because the right outfit can make your day ten times better. My five words are confident, fresh, classic, mature, and creative. Confident because I want my look to reflect my confidence within. Classic and mature because I have issues with people thinking I'm a preteen when I'm really in my twenties. Adding classic pieces in my wardrobe will help me look older without aging me. Fresh because I really want to keep a fun look while still looking my age. Creative because I want my career to be in the creative field and I think my look should reflect that.

Decide how you want to look. // You can't change without a vision in mind. Create an inspiration board that reflects your five words and you can check often. Personally, I use my style boards on Pinterest. I really love Pinterest because I can easily save looks I find on blogs and I don't have to print anything. If that doesn't work for you, look through your favorite fashion magazines and put all of the looks in a binder or on a cork board. Be sure that all of your inspiration is relevant to the result you want to accomplish.

Follow Suzy Speaks's board fall + winter style on Pinterest.

Follow Suzy Speaks's board spring + summer style on Pinterest.

Your inspiration board and five words will guide you throughout the rest of the series, so be sure these are easily accessible. These first steps have been the cornerstone to building my wardrobe and I hope it helps! I know how frustrating it can be to feel helpless in your closet.

How do you want your wardrobe to reflect you in five words? 

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