How to Shop Your Closet: Mixing Old With New

datenight outfit

Before I get into this post, I want to first say thank you to everyone who has read, favorited, liked, and shared my blog. This is still a fun new endeavor for me, and I just so appreciate all the positive feedback!

I mentioned in this post that I would be sharing a little about how I recently shopped my closet instead of buying something new for our date night last week. I have always loved clothes. I worked in the fashion industry for a few years after college but my love affair with all things fashionable started way before then. I was fortunate enough to grow up with a mother and grandmother who were both incredible seamstresses. Going to a fabric store was part of our weekly routine. I remember pouring through pattern books and roaming through isle after isle of colorful fabrics, learning about the blends and textures that would make a garment just perfect. The whir of a sewing machine was as common a sound in our house as the television. The art of sewing was passed down to me and I am able to make a few basic things, but the issue I have is time. Not to mention the scarcity of fabric stores in my area. Usually when I have a special event or celebratory night out I like to have something new to wear. New clothes make me feel good and confident, and it’s a way that I express myself.

Last week was just too crazy to get to a store and instead of stressing over it I realized, hey, I have a lot of nice things in my closet, some of which I haven’t worn in a long time (or maybe at all – eek!). I’ve seen other bloggers write about shopping your closet and I’ve always wanted one of them to come over and show me the way. I think that maybe the best way to start is just to start. I treated my closet like a dressing room and started pulling pieces out one at a time. I knew I wanted to wear something feminine so a dress or skirt would have to do. I found a beautiful high-waisted satin pleated skirt from Banana Republic I’ve had forever hiding in the back and paired it with a dusty rose flutter sleeve blouse (with the tag still on!) from The Limited. Ok can we all just have a brief moment of silence for the demise of this retail chain? Sigh…

datenight outfit

datenight outfit

datenight outfit

datenight outfit

datenight outfit

datenight michael kors

Voila! It was a match made in heaven (or in my closet). A pair of Ralph Lauren strappy heels and some jewelry completed the look. I know you’ve seen that same Michael Kors clutch in a few of my posts now, but it is seriously the best clutch and my go-to for a night out. I have the same one in brown, too.

Here’s where the NEW part comes in. :-) My sweet husband surprised me with a bracelet from David Yurman for Valentine’s Day and it was the perfect accessory. Black onyx, silver, and gold. I love Yurman and this bracelet works well with a DY ring he gave me a few years ago. I was so surprised and I just love it (and him).

yurman

yurman

datenight accessories

I hope this encourages you to shop your closet and repurpose what you already have. What has been your favorite “old to new” item in your wardrobe?

Top: The Limited, similar here | Skirt: Banana Republic, similar here | Shoes: Ralph Lauren, similar here | Clutch: Michael Kors, similar here | Watch: Michael Kors, similar here | Bracelet: David Yurman

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