Today I want to talk about the importance of styling outfits and putting all of your wardrobe to work, including those impulse buys that are probably just collecting dust in the back of your [my] closet. One of the missions of my blog is to help women like me style outfits. But have we ever really considered why styling is so important?
Sometimes I find an awesome piece of clothing, impulsively buy it, feel giddy about my find, then leave it on a hanger in my closet forever. I think this happens because I’m obsessed with clothes and shopping, obviously. But also as a plus sized woman I know awesome pieces, the ones that make your heart skip a beat, are few and far between. Living in this scarcity makes me think: I must buy X before it sells out in my size or I will be full of regret! Cue sound of the credit card machine [swipe]!
But the biggest reason clothes hang unworn in my closet is that I never took the time to style them.
Although many outfits come together in my head quickly. Sometimes it actually takes time and effort. And let’s face it, life is busy, and putting together outfits can seem like a “guilty pleasure” or a luxury that our schedule doesn’t allow. But, if you are like me, you have a closet with barely worn garments that are costing you time and money. It takes time to shop for new pieces and obviously it costs money. And if that doesn’t give you motivation to dig those pieces out of the back of your closet,
think about how amazing you feel when you look put together and are wearing something unique or interesting. That’s priceless.
And I can easily think of moments when people have stopped me on the street or at work to complement my outfit or ask me where I shop. That’s the best feeling! And looking put together has career benefits as well. Last year an important executive at my company stopped me in the ladies room to tell me how nice my outfit was. We rarely spoke or ever had reason to interact, but it was nice to know that she knew who I was and thought I looked polished and professional. And to further prove my point, I remember what I was wearing- a black pencil skirt, red flats and a blue pinstriped shirt that didn’t fit and I thought I might throw away. But the weekend before I had taken the time to play with the shirt and found that when I belted it with a wide belt I could actually make it look like it fit.
Had I not taken the time to style an outfit, maybe I would have missed that moment of connection.
So let’s turn over a new leaf. Let’s carve out time to go through our closets and try to put together some looks. If we need pieces, like a new accessory, make a shopping list. And donate those pieces we’ll never wear so that someone in need can have them. My favorite way to donate clothes are via those donation dumpsters, because if I have to make an appointment to donate, it’ll never happen. I just load a box up, drive around with it in my car, and the next time I see one, I dump my clothes in.
For a great list of questions to ask yourself while going through your closet, check out this post on The Everygirl. And when looking for outfit inspiration, be sure to use my blog [obviously], my Polyvore sets, my Pinterest boards, and my Instagram.