Each morning I stare deep into my closet hoping new pieces and nicer clothes will magically appear. A good 20 minutes will go by and I realize my clothes are that of an 18-year old high school girl. (It doesn’t help my size hasn’t changed much since then.) As a gift to myself for my recent birthday I decided to take any money I received and put it towards a wardrobe overhaul. I’m 26-years old and a working professional now, I need to start looking like one and feeling good about myself. How does one re-vamp her wardrobe? Commence Operation Wardrobe Overhaul!
Step 1: Clean Out the Closet
The hardest part of any wardrobe overhaul is getting rid of things you don’t wear. I have emotional connections to a lot of things especially clothes so this is always the hardest part for me personally. One great trick is to turn the hanger in the opposite direction if you’ve worn it in the last few months. Then go through and pick every hanger that isn’t turned and see if you want to keep or donate.
Step 2: Letting Go of the Clothes
Hello, Goodwill! Each time I clean out my closet I take bags and bags full of clothes to Goodwill. Sometimes I will fill the bags and they will be in the back of my car for months. (Seriously, I have done this before.) The activity of actually taking them is a part of my denial…I struggle with letting go. Yet I feel oh so relieved once the bags are no longer in my possession.
Step 3: Finding My Style
This is a tough one for me. I am rather small. I am about 5’4 and very petite so learning how to dress this unusual frame is hard. You’d think being thin would give me an advantage. It doesn’t. Believe me! Jeans can fit in the waist but not the length or vice versa. Cute billowy shirts just look terrible and over sized even if I buy an extra small. My plan is to do a little research through Pinterest and find some style icons I can get inspired by.
One of my favorite ways to find style insp is through fashion bloggers. One of my favorite fashion blogs for petite girls like me is Extra Petite. Jean has incredible style and shares tips and tricks on how she gets things tailored. Find fashion bloggers who inspire you and get to shopping!