It’s easy to feel like you need a new wardrobe every time the seasons change. But with some creativity, reimagining your existing clothes can make it seem like you’ve got a whole new collection. There are lots of ways to do this, and this article outlines just a few ways to reimagine your style.
Determine which styles you love and which styles you hate
The first step to reimagining your style is to know what you already like. Next, you’ll want to take an inventory of your wardrobe and determine which styles you love and which styles you feel neutral towards (or even dislike). A great way to do this is by taking a photo of yourself in front of a white wall and wearing every single article of clothing in your wardrobe—all at once! Then, if some of those clothes don’t make the cut, ditch them immediately before they get more wrinkles than necessary.
Consider your body type
Get to know your body type, and take note of the items that fit you well and those that don’t. For example, if you have a large bust and a smaller waist, you may want to avoid tight pants or skirts. Or, if most clothes make you look like a hunchback due to your long torso, try wearing jackets with longer front lengths instead of tops that stop at or above your waist.
Once you’ve figured out what works for you as far as style is concerned (and how it looks on), start compiling a physical record of those items: photos, sketches, or notes about what was worn, when, and by whom—even receipts! This way, when inspiration strikes again later down the road (or even tomorrow), there will be no question about what works best for each occasion.
Make a list of places to buy new clothes
Make a list of all the places you can think of that sell clothes. This might include department stores, boutiques, and thrift shops, but also consider stores such as Target or Walmart—and don’t forget online stores such as Amazon and eBay.
Then look at your rankings for each store and see any patterns: Does a certain type of store consistently rank high for its prices but low on quality or return policies? Do some research about where these stores are located in town—are there other options nearby?
Prioritize style over trendiness
You can’t keep up with every trend that emerges; even if you could, it would be exhausting and costly. You also won’t wear on-trend items more than a few times before they go out of fashion again, so why waste money on them? Consider this if you want to spend less money on clothes and more time enjoying them.
Rather than searching for the latest piece of clothing that might catch your eye online or at the store, prioritizing classic style over trendiness is the best way to create an outfit that works for any occasion. The most important point is finding items—tops, shoes, or accessories—that will last for years instead of just one season.
Use accessories to add personality to your outfit
Another great way to add personality to your outfit is by using accessories. These can add colour and texture and help draw attention away from what you don’t like about a particular piece of clothing.
Accessories are also a great way to experiment with different colours in your wardrobe without spending too much money or time on new clothing. For example, if you have some blue jeans that are not quite right for your style but you love their fit and quality, why not add some fun-coloured jewellery? You may discover that those jeans become your go-to pair for less formal occasions. These cool rope belts are great accessories you can add to your jeans to bring your look together.
Don’t be afraid to try new styles. Fashion is supposed to be fun, not intimidating. Take time to find out what makes you feel comfortable and confident. Listen to your intuition and have fun reimagining your style.