Shop Your Closet- Back to the Basics

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OMG! It FINALLLLLLLYYYYYYY feels like Spring in Atlanta. I'm sure I'm not the only one doing a series 90s dance moves now that Winter decided to finally stop being a bugaboo and realize we really meant it every time we told her "BYE FELICIA!!!!".  I can't tell you all how many times I packed and unpacked my winter wardrobe and even though this was the first year in a while that I got wear out of my entire winter collection, I can't express how happy I am for Spring breezes and opened toe shoes!

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At the beginning of a new season, I always feel like I have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear - and I don’t think I’m alone. I treated myself to a style session - worksheets, closet revamp, everything, that I would normally do for a style client and afterward I felt like I was left with a sparse, disjointed wardrobe. I'd be lying if I said I didn't lowkey freak out because before my closet purge, I said I wasn't going to do any shopping until my brother's wedding in June. Ironically, as annoying the never-ending winter was for all of us, I have to give it to her helping me have to stretch out my wardrobe for a couple more weeks and fight the urge to shop for things that I've discovered I didn't really need in the first place. 

The fun part about all of this was rediscovering items in my closet that I forgot I even owned. To get over the feeling of “having nothing to wear,” all I needed to do was get out of my outfit rut. I hate to admit it, but I’ve totally fallen victim to the "all work and no play", jeans, top and sneakers routine – and honey, it's been on massive repeat.

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As a stylist, I expect better of myself but when life consists of work, home, sleep, repeat, practicality often wins out. While I consider myself reasonably decent at getting myself dressed, after shopping through my own closet (it was like visiting old friends!) and trying on everything in my "keep" pile, I felt like a new woman! If you haven’t revisited pieces in your closet for awhile, it is so helpful to remind yourself what the clothes look like on you. You’re much more likely to remember why you bought the piece in the first place. Trying on these trousers and seeing how comfy they are and how well they fit made me literally smile as I thought of different ways I can wear them this Spring and Summer. As you’re redeveloping your wardrobe with old pieces, focus on remembering why you invested in well fitting basics in the first place. Look for timeless pieces, that you can mix and match for years, and never look “out of style.” Then layer in a few trendier pieces every season. When you do start shopping again, invest in basics and spend less on trendier items that will go out of style faster. Once you’ve worn trendy pieces to death, and see the trend starting to fizzle, donate or consign the pieces. You’ll be left with a great backbone of basics to build off of for the next season.

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