by Esthefany Castillo
There is nothing more frustrating than waking up to the same clothes in your closet. The feeling of dread that accompanies dressing like a version of yourself that you’ve outgrown is real. From personal experience, I know that it is so much easier to complain about it than actually do something about it. The sooner you get it together and overhaul your closet the better your mental sanity will be. Trust me on this.
The truth is, our style has a huge impact on our confidence. VOGUE calls the correlation between our clothes and mood as Enclothed Cognition, “meaning that if your brain links Miuccia Prada’s or Phoebe Philo’s collections with powerful, intelligent women, you’re likely to take on those attributes when you wear that Prada pleated skirt or Céline jacket.” This gives us all the more reason to channel our most powerful role models.
Let’s get to revamping. Here are six ways to rotate your closet without breaking the bank.
GET REAL WITH YOURSELF
If you’re over what’s in your closet, ask yourself “what do I want to change?” For me, I worked in corporate so my style had to be office chic. Now that I’m a freelance writer, I prefer eye-catching statement pieces for art shows and influencer events. Your personal style is a reflection of who you are. Your day to day schedule and social events will impact what you’ll need in your closet most. Start by making a list, creating a board on Pinterest, and saving your favorite Instagram inspiration photos.
You’ve been here before -- trash, keep, donate. Take a day to purge your closet from unwanted clothes. Organize your clothes by separating them into three piles. These piles should consist of the items you want to throw out, clothes you want to keep, and the pieces that you want to donate. Letting go is the hardest part but you’ve got this! A good rule of thumb to follow: if you haven't worn it in four months and it’s in season, you might want to get rid of it. Invite more physical and energetic space into your closet so you can bring new life into your style.
Thrifting is a great way to find statement pieces for the low-low. It makes paying full-price for clothes shameful. The downside about thrifting is that it is as unpredictable as the pieces you find. It’s not the best option if you’re looking for specific items on a time crunch.Check out Buffalo Exchange in NYC. They’ll give you store credit in exchange for your donated clothes!
My college friends and I hold a monthly book club meetings where we bring bags of clothes we’d like to get rid of and swap pieces with each other. It’s a great bonding experience and we even donate the clothes that nobody wants. This is a great way to get some great barely worn pieces without spending any money!
SELL YOUR CLOTHES ONLINE
We’re millennials. If you don’t feel like traveling to a thrift store or carrying your clothes, set up a Depop account. This option is great to make some money off clothes you don’t like anymore. Go live your best life. Take fun pictures in your clothes to upload to your account and share the link with your friends! Voilá… cash money!!
ONLINE + REAL LIFE SHOPPING (BUT ON SALE)
Once you’ve exhausted all the options above, it’s now time for business. What does your closet still need? Time to treat yo’self girl! You deserve it. You can find great deals by tracking your favorite fashion websites, subscribing to their emails, and keeping an eye out for sales. Now that we’ve gone through the basics, let’s open your closet doors and get started. Slaying all September has never been easier.
Drop a comment and let us know how you declutter your closet.