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10 Ways To Recharge The Wardrobe You Already Have

“The function — the place I start — is the thought of use. It isn’t recycling, it’s reuse.“

— Issey Miyake

Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit
Vintage Spring Outfit


Coat – Vintage Gown by way of Etsy || Tank – Zara || Trousers – c/o SheIn ($11 — save 15% off your buy with code: 1kerifa) || Bag – Mark Cross ‘Grace’ || Footwear – Clarks || Sunglasses – Prada

Pictures courtesy of Anna of Noir Friday

Firstly, I can’t begin this blog submit without concerning the horrific destruction at Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday.

What a surprising and tragic collection of events…

Watching Notre Dame — one of many world’s most recognized and beloved buildings — up in flames left me virtually speechless.

I keep in mind my final go to to Notre Dame in 2013 for it’s 800th birthday. We awakened very early to be a number of the first individuals in line to climb the bell towers. And I keep in mind the sensation I had seeing Paris (not to point out the Eiffel Tower) from that medieval spot, gargoyles and stone all around.

It’s a moment that lives with you. Notre Dame has a soul that speaks in such a poetic approach to these lucky enough to visit.

And for anyone who has been, we know the true depth that has been misplaced in the hearth. The unimaginable craftsmanship and wonder that has been destroyed by those terrorizing flames.

Luckily the world has already rallied to the tragedy with MILLIONS of dollars being pledged in a single day to rebuild this unique piece of human historical past. I encourage you to think about donating to Associates of Notre Dame (a tax-deductible present for U.S. residents) HERE.

With Easter this coming Sunday, hopefully talks of Notre Dame’s rebirth will give us all the hope we’d like.

As a result of yesterday was really a day for mourning.

However there’s nothing on this topic that I can say that hasn’t already been stated a thousand occasions so what’s there to do but forge onward?

And fortunately, at the moment’s submit is sort of a sentimental one.

As most of you understand, I’ve been purging my closet and downsizing my belongings because the starting of the yr. I’ve decreased my closet by over half and am already within the midst of a second round of purging.

I’ve grow to be addicted to modifying down my closet to only my most beloved pieces.

And never solely is that this good for my closet and tiny city condominium, nevertheless it’s good for the planet. This way of life shift — for me — has marked a critical change in my purchasing habits and the best way I understand my belongings.

I’m shopping for much less… A LOT much less. As in I’ve purchased 5 items for my wardrobe to date this yr (the wedges in as we speak’s submit being my newest — and comfiest — addition).

And I’m getting a lot more artistic with the pieces I’ve stored in my closet. It turns out having “nothing to wear” is usually a symptom of TOO many garments not too FEW. And the much less I have to select from, the extra choices I really feel like I’ve!

It sounds cliche nevertheless it’s completely true. And, during the last 4 months, I’ve discovered a LOT of enjoyable classes on the best way to stretch the wardrobe you already have. And easy methods to make it feel recharged WITHOUT new additions.

My new motto is reuse every part — and it turns out that isn’t almost as exhausting as I assumed it might be, if I’m prepared to get artistic.

One of the keys in relation to having a smaller closet that FEELS larger is to study to layer. It retains you from becoming bored together with your clothes and makes outfits look extra refined too.

And while suggestions for reusing and layering clothing sometimes embrace knotting shirts, layering tees beneath clothes, and tucking your clothes in new methods, I’d want to assume a bit of more outdoors of the box…

And it turns out, out-of-the-box provides you SO many options…

10 Ways To Recharge The Wardrobe You Already Have

1. Swap Your Coat For A Gown

Sure, it’s true. The coat in at this time’s publish is definitely a gown.

An incredible little classic gown I picked up on Etsy for a pittance.

As it turns out, clothes could be a lot extra versatile when you think about them as layering items.

For instance, wrap clothes make nice tunics. And shirt clothes like mine work properly as mild coats.

Not only does sporting clothes as layering pieces broaden your wardrobe dramatically, it’s additionally a way I plan to use once I travel sooner or later: layer on a gown beneath my coat for added heat on the aircraft AND additional room in my suitcase (since I solely travel with a carry-on).

In search of more journey ideas? I’ve rounded up my greatest secrets here.

2. Spotlight Vintage And Preowned Types

I’ve long been an advocate for vintage and preowned items. A few of my greatest wardrobe investments have been preowned finds from The Actual Real.

Not solely do classic and preowned pieces save the planet (why purchase new when you can have one-of-a-kind?) but they bring about plenty of type to any outfit too.

As I’ve stated before, classic items typically have higher tailoring, better materials, and higher silhouettes. They’re classics that never go out of trend — identical to you! Rewearing style SHOULD be more trendy and one of the simplest ways to show that time is to spotlight your classic and preowned items with satisfaction!

three. Wear Brooches As Bling

When my Nana passed I inherited a GORGEOUS assortment of her brooches. Some gold leaves, some flowers, some abstract trendy items however all of them are absolutely beautiful.

But for years till my closet purge they sat in one in every of my drawers forgotten.

What a travesty!

As a result of since rediscovering these beauties, I’ve been remixing them nonstop into my wardrobe and the effect is mesmerizing.

I wear them as additional bling on my footwear, as a pin to collect material into elegant folds for a draped impact, or in my hat for some additional sparkle.

It’s typically stated that equipment can double the dimensions of your wardrobe. Properly brooches alone have executed that for me.

And fortunately, you’ll be able to decide up brooches for a pittance at donation outlets and vintage stores so I’ve began fairly a set of gold leaf ones particularly!

four. Layer Skirts Over Clothes

Everyone all the time talks about clothes over shirts or sweaters over clothes but personally I feel like skirts layered over clothes recharges my wardrobe in a much brisker means.

Once you begin to think about your clothes as blouses (and coats!), you all of a sudden have so many more choices to select from.

Just be certain your skirt is longer than your gown (although I can see how a bit gown peeking underneath a skirt may ADD to sure outfits).

5. Turn Your Button-Down Shirts Backwards

When unsure together with your closet, flip it over.

I LOVE sporting my shirts backwards and even, in some instances, the wrong way up.

Not only do you get a completely new neckline and silhouette but in addition an excellent speaking level — 9 occasions out of 10 once I wear my shirt backwards, individuals don’t understand till I tell them!

6. Put on a V-Neck Cardigan As A Prime

Plenty of educating yourself to reuse a smaller wardrobe is learning to see all the potential methods you possibly can put on just one garment, just like the cardigan.

Most of us have a cardigan in our wardrobes, if only to keep us warm in winter. However few of us have ever thought-about ditching the tank prime and sporting a cardigan as a prime itself.

Or — higher nonetheless — a coat! Or even layered underneath a blazer for added texture.

All it’s essential to do is tuck it with a french tuck or add a belt and abruptly you will have a completely new outfit.

I exploit this trick rather a lot once I journey since I by no means go without at the least one cardigan to layer with!

7. Mix Luxury With High Road

So many people do this — we save our best items of clothes for special occasions.

Particular events that RARELY come.

Why let any of your clothing sit uncared for and unworn? Particularly because it’s alleged to be for “special occasions”?

The moment you start considering of your particular pieces as a part of your weekly wardrobe, the extra choices you’ll have.

Mixing luxurious items with more casual ones isn’t just practical, it’s trendy. I really like the look of a luxe velvet pencil skirt paired with a cotton band tee — the juxtaposition is so recent and enjoyable!

eight. Wear Pants Underneath Your Clothes

While many of us are accustomed to sporting leggings underneath clothes, extra of us need to think about the thought of denims or pants too.

In winter I get so sick of my “winter appropriate” clothing… I crave spring clothes and sun hats.

So studying to layer denims beneath my clothes this winter was a revelation. Not solely do I’ve so many summer time clothes that at the moment are “winter friendly”, I’ve also discovered rather a lot about proportions and silhouettes.

I really like the look of flared denims with a flowy gown. Or tailored black trousers with a white eyelet gown. It’s sudden, enjoyable, and shockingly lovely!

To not point out cozy within the winter months…

9. Drape Layers On Your Shoulders

I drape coats, blazers, and sweaters on my shoulders ALL. THE. TIME.

And I do it for my portrait shoppers as properly.

Not only does draping your clothes give it a new form (really!) however it slims down any body sort, primarily supplying you with a brand new shape too.

It may be a bit of a problem learning to drape clothes in your shoulders (particularly whenever you carry round images gear like I do) however it’s value it. Every time I instantly need to make somebody look more photogenic, I drape a layer on their shoulders.

A flowy layer can anchor any look in such a classy means — perhaps next time I’ll attempt draping at the moment’s dress-turned-coat on my shoulders for a unique impact totally!

10. Wear A Skirt As A Blouse

Shockingly, this is considered one of my oldest tips! I wore a skirt as a shirt here on the weblog YEARS in the past and have been doing so for most of my grownup life.

I’ve all the time been a rebellious type in relation to trend so I all the time like to seek out issues to put on that’ll be totally different for the sake of being totally different.

And let me guarantee that NO ONE might be sporting the same prime as you should you refashion your skirt into a shirt.

My one tip for fulfillment? Have some trend tape on-hand to make sure you don’t have an embarrassing wardrobe fails!

Vintage Spring Outfit

And, after the success of my blooper publish earlier this month, I just needed to embrace this gem of a blooper from immediately’s shoot!

Joyful Tuesday Everyone!

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