So you want to get rid of some of your clothes but you're unsure how? Or when? Maybe it's old and outdated or you're just not wearing it anymore. But maybe you should hang onto it, just in case?
How do you know its time to get move on?
If your clothing is full of stains or carries a musty smell? Okay, so these seem obvious, but for some extreme clothes hoarders, getting rid of clothes is very emotional. However, in the case of clothes moths or mold, dye, or ink stains, you need to accept that your clothing is beyond recovering.
Well, we aren't actually advocating you drop Pinterest but we got your attention didn't we? This month's blog is about pairing your style with the right accessories. We've all bought something on a whim only to find that it goes with nothing in our closets. Here are 8 styles and how to get the best look from your accessories.
You're confident in simple tops & basic slacks. This is your style for work and play and you stick with low patterns, light hues & basic cuts.
Pair this style with a cuff bracelet and a trendy purse of coordinating colors.
You dress with exotic flair and you're leading the pack. The look is bold, mysterious & eye catching.
Choose accessories that have tribal or animal looks. It will give the look without all the fuss.
If your closet holds girly blouses, A-line skirts & cable sweaters you fall into the preppy style. You don't have to dress like a school girl though.
This style doesn't have to be plain. Choose pops of color & classic designs.
4. Bohemian (Boho)
This style is created with intricate patterns & exotic textures.
Choose accessories with fringe that can compete with the patterns or wear neutral that won't compete.
Good news! This style is trending for fall. So pull out your jeans & tees and pair it with a plaid shirt. Boots are optional
Don't forget the hat!
6. Girl Next Door
This look pairs classic design without the rush to be trendy. You don't go wild or exotic and the focus is on simplicity, stripes & tennis shoes.
Choose your accessories from classic designs but added flair for a little eye turning attention.
The polished and sophisticated look is a mainstay. You're an overachiever and your closet is no exception.
Pair your smart and snazzy blazers and pencil skirts with handbags as polished as you are.
This simple and modern look is not like shopping in the boys section but you won't find any lace or frills around. You're more likely to be wearing a graphic tee, straight leg loose fitting slacks and a pair of flats. Now that's how you do it girl-style.
Add a polished look with a belt.
By now you've heard of capsule wardrobe. Bloggers, fashionistas and sustainability-lovers are going crazy over small, curated closets that are rotated seasonably. The idea of it is to pare down your wardrobe to a designated number of mix and match items. Every season, you can purchase a few high-quality pieces to incorporate into your rotation.
There are quite a few tips out there on which shirts, jeans and booties to incorporate into each season’s wardrobe, but how does the wannabee-capsuler incorporate accessories?
Some sources say that when it comes to a capsule wardrobe, jewelry, bags, hats and scarves should be limited. Others argue that changing up your accessories is essential to adding excitement to go-to styles. The choice is really up to you, but here are a few things to consider.
If you are going to limit your accessories….
Caroline Rector, the blogger behind un-fancy, is a huge advocate “the rule of three” when it comes to her capsule wardrobe. What is “the rule of three,” you may ask?
Let’s say you decide to limit your jewelry to three of each kind of accessories: three necklaces, three bracelets, three hats/scarves. Of the three necklaces you own, one could be a statement-making piece, one a simple piece and one is something in between.
For example, imagine how these three ethically-made necklaces could be incorporated into a capsule wardrobe:
If you aren’t going to limit your accessories…
You should still clean out cheap accessories that you’re not 100% crazy about. Capsule wardrobes are all about only wearing high-quality pieces that you’ll love. You want thoughtful pieces with stories behind them – not some trendy costume jewelry you bought on a whim.
Adding something new…
With capsule wardrobes, you’re only buying a few pieces every season. These pieces should be wardrobe-changing essentials that you’ve thought long and hard about. Accessories are the perfect item to update for multiple reasons: a single accessory can transform any outfit, it won’t add much bulk to your closet and it’ll take you into new seasons. After all, who doesn’t want to rotate between bold summertime necklaces and cozy winter scarves?
Of course, capsule wardrobes are much better for the environment than overstuffed closets. To make your wardrobe as green as possible, make sure that any accessories or garments you incorporate are sustainably sourced.
There is a tremendous stigma about older clothes that needs rethinking.
|Making garments last should be a source of pride|
Even paying for repairs by professionals is (most of the time) more economical compared to replacing items.
- Try learning to repair socks and getting shoes resoled. By doing this, you can make those clothes you love and wear regularly last longer, reducing the chances of buying new pieces of clothing that have a future in the back of your closet.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2014, more than 16.2 million tons of textiles were generated, but only 16 percent of clothing and shoes were recycled.
If all else fails and repair is out of the question then here are a few ideas to keep those items out of the landfill.
- Use old handbags for your daughters dress up time or as a bag for extra toiletries.
- Repurpose leather belts into a dog collar or fill an old pair of boots with sand and use it as a door stopper. Be creative with how you can use them. Etsy is also a great source of inspiration.
- Support local businesses in your neighborhood like tailors & cobblers. Not only do you extend the use of your items but bring valuable dollars to these mom and pop stores.
Finally, many of us have a closet full of old handbags, leather jackets & shoes. If you are like me there are some that have been repaired more than once. Sometimes the item is just too far gone. What can you do?
- Donate to artists and DYIers so they can "reclaim" the leather into new functional items. A quick google search will yield local donation centers.
- Have you seen Palomino Jewelry? Katie uses reclaimed leather & hardware from old handbags to create her jewelry designs. Check out Palomino Collection here
Do you have old furs that are taking up space in your closet and you want to rid yourself of them? Donate between January and April 22 (Earth Day) those furs to Coats for Cubs that use them in the rehab of orphaned animals around the U.S.
This project was a lot of fun to do. The point was to dissect outfits that I wear. Who made the apparel? How long have I owned them? Is it a good outfit? It's not that my closet is anything great mind you. What if it was like Barbie’s dream house closet? Now that’s a closet! But mine, well, just an ordinary closet unfortunately.
But that’s the point right? To show, to encourage, to teach how your closet can be more “green”. Right now, the apparel & fashion industry is the 2nd most polluting industry on Earth. Yes. Right up there with polluting oil and gas industry. The only way to change that is through the choices you and I make about how we dress & adorn.
So what are my takeaways?
- Quality over Quantity - When buying clothing, accessories & shoes buy the highest quality you can afford.
- Shop in your closet – Strive to wear what you already have at least 30 wears.
- Ask for better standards – Talk to your favorite store and let them know you care about how your clothes are made and from what material they are from. i.e. Ask for organic and no sweat shops.
- Buy less – If you shop less, you’ll have more money to buy quality (see #1) but don’t feel guilty when you do shop just buy “right”. i.e. Shop OneSavvyMother.com because you know the products are made right and stylish.
- Support Eco fashion – Put your money where your mouth is and move away from luxury designers until they change their dirty ways. Support the young industry of Eco fashion designers & retailers instead.
- Buy Consignment – Go thrifting for jeans, jackets & shoes. You can buy great items for a fraction of the cost of new and you'll be supporting #30wears.
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