Welcome back for more Pants-Free July!
Today I'm focusing on creative ways to re-wear the pieces you already have in your closet.
Besides crafting a style I'm comfortable wearing - I'm a big fan of finding creative ways to update the pieces I have. My goals fall into three general categories:
1. Get elements of trends without getting too fad influenced
2. Extend the life of older clothes that are wearing down
3. Adapt clothing to any changes in my weight/body shape
|Pants-Free July Week 2|
The trick with getting elements of trends in your closet is to realize what you already have in there. Fashion trends are so cyclical that a lot of them have probably come back around again.
Next I take an overview look at what trends are out there. I'm looking for silhouettes, recurring colors or patterns, and cuts. I can often adapt pieces to be closer to fashion trends by doing things like changing the hang of a dress by cinching with safety pins inside to change the bodice or along the waist to create a high-low skirt out of an A-line. Adding trendy colors/patterns is easier and cheaper to do by buying a cardigan than a whole dress.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I do not shop for clothes very often - like I still have items from high school that I wear with regularity. But eventually things start to wear down: the elastic degrades, colors fade, and mysterious holes start appearing (seriously, where are they coming from?!)
When elastic necklines wear out, they become skirts! Just pull a shirt over it.
Holes can be covered up with either a tank worn under or a cardigan over.
|Pants-Free July Week 3|
I'll address this more when we talk maternity fashion next week, but many of us in the childbearing season on life are dealing with the relatively fast ups and downs for weight and body shape.
The best trick I have for dealing with that are super adjustable belts. We're talking the kind that don't even use holes. Like this:
|This is my super worn out used-every-week-since-2005 belt. Still going!|
When your waist is always changing, change the waist.
I find it can be more helpful to have dresses that are a little big, but are cinchable. That way I can go from everything to a size 10 to a size 6 (that is my real normal range people) and wear the same clothes.
Because I don't own clothes I don't wear. It's a good rule, I find.
And here was My Sunday Best from this week!
|Dress: Nordstrom (yea sales + birthday gift card!)|
Belt: Came with the dress
Not pictured: White Circle Chapel Cap from Veils By Lily.