But then I realized, the more important thing is to be creative with mixing and matching existing clothes to come up with new outfit ideas. Sometimes, I tend to get lazy in coming up with outfits and that laziness may manifest in just buying up new clothes instead of working with what I have. And like I said before, that kind of consumption is not a sustainable way of living (either for the environment or my wallet).
2. Styling tool: Layering
4. Work with your most loved items in your closet.
How did I choose the pieces that I used for my style challenges? Well, basically, it was a combination of the items being versatile and that I loved that particular item. And I made sure that I had a bit of everything—tops, jackets/cardigans, skirts, bottoms, and dresses. The versatility of each item may be different for each of us. for example, my pencil skirts are my go-to pieces for work because they’re the foundation for my work wardrobe.
Usually, if you love an item in your closet, you’ll tend to wear it more often. And I guess the converse is also true. If you find yourself tending to wear an item more often than any other piece in your closet, then you can conclude that you love that piece. If you love an item in your closet, then you’ll want to work with it more and wear it to death, and use to come up with lots of outfits. Think also of the cost per wear formula when buying and wearing clothes.
If you can’t do something like this 30 for 30 style challenge, another way to practice your versatility and making the most of what you already have is to pick 8 of the most-loved items in your closet and use them to come up with 10 looks. Use that as a starting point, and surprise yourself with what you can come up with.
5. Styling tool: Colorblocking
Another way to remix your wardrobe is to do colorblocking. Using solid-colored pieces, you can easily come up with several ways to wear and match your existing pieces just by varying one color/piece. Read about my tips on colorblocking brights here and remember that you can do this not just with bright colors but also with neutrals and pastels.
6. Styling tool: Color palettes
When I’ve run out of outfit ideas, I just think about a color palette that I want to work with and I easily get new combinations. For example, using black and white as your color palette, think of the outfits you can come up with from what you already have in your closet. My other favorites are all black, all white, red, solid + animal print, and nautical.
Color palettes are also an easy way to keep up with trends without really overhauling your wardrobe every season. Check out blogs and fashion websites for the current color trends. For example, supposedly one of the biggest color trends for spring/summer 2012 is mint green. So, check out if your closet already has mint green pieces and just incorporate them in your daily wardrobe. Remember that some trends just get “recycled” (animal print, metallics, floral prints, even color blocking) and can eventually become classics.
7. Styling tool: Mix prints
Don’t be afraid to mix prints, like floral on floral, or stripes with floral.
8. It’s all about having fun!
I ask myself why I do this and at the end of the day, my answer is that I have fun doing it. Dressing up is fun, and it’s not a chore for me to shop around in my own closet and come up with these outfit combinations. The moment it stops being fun, then that’s when I’ll go shopping! (haha, just kidding).
I really don’t know at this time whether I’ll be continuing on with more style remixes. On the one hand, I’m kind of enjoying these freewheeling days when I don’t need to come up with outfits given X number of pieces. I kind of enjoy having my “full” closet back again, and I don’t need to have my outfits photographed almost daily (mind you, that too takes its toll).
But on the other hand, having my full closet back and working again with all my clothes is, in a way, overwhelming. There’s an aspect of it that makes me think “option paralysis”—now that I have lot more pieces to work with, then it seems the outfit decisions are harder to make, as opposed to knowing that I only have to work with just a few.
So I guess the moment when I no longer enjoy being able to work with all my clothes again, I’ll make another style remix for myself again 🙂
How about you? I hope my 50 for 50 Project and 30 for 30 remix challenge have inspired you to do your own remixing. And please, do share with me your tips on how you mix and match your own wardrobe 🙂 Cheers!