4 Easy Drab to Fab Steps
Did I really just use the phrase drab to fab???
I’m 7 months postpartum and trying to figure out my new body. Before I go out and spend on new outfits, I went shopping in my own closet. I always hold on to my basics if they fit, but that doesn’t mean they are always in style. So how do you turn those old drab basics into fab style?
1. Do a little turn on the catwalk..Take it all out. Look at it. Study it. Know your closet.
Play. Be your own Barbie. Dress up. Think of yourself as a 5-year-old wanting to be a pretty princess. Blast the music and do your own private catwalk. Notice what you like and don’t like about each piece. Look at it in regards to fashion and fit.
Start the mix and match look. That great blazer that you have worn on a thousand interviews, try it with jeans. What about that cozy warm sweater that you wear to curl up in your sweats, I bet you can make that stylish by pairing with leggings and boots for winter. All those favorite outfits, keep them in mind, but now also break them up to find more. I love my jeans and a tank to run around in. I throw a blouse over it with the buttons open to get some extra warmth, but also to create a new look. My favorite little black dress rocks by itself, but I put a sweater over and now I have the naughty secretary look.
Whew that was work! I promise the other steps don’t take so much energy (but at least you might have started a partial closet purge with this one if you wanted)
Example: For me the other day it was my old black dress (not the one mentioned above). Can I tell you alone it looks like a nightshirt on me. It’s way too big in the midsection now, and way too tight in the chest. And a sweater that I bought without trying on and never did close at my chest. With jeans I just look like a grandma.
2. Diamonds are a girls best friend and CZs, and Gold, and Silver, and more…Jewelry time. Take it all out!
Start pairing your jewelry with your favorite pieces of clothing. Multiple pieces will look good with each shirt. For each big piece of jewelry this could mean a whole new look! Think about layering jewelry. Yes you can overdue it, but look at what you do before you leave. Try one long necklace and one short necklace together. Try big necklaces, with simple earrings or vice versa. But so often we forget about pieces we haven’t worn recently. Break them out, and have fun. I keep all my necklaces hanging on little hooks so I can always see them.
Example: My necklace. OMG do I love this necklace. My husband recently got this for me for our anniversary. When I opened I thought I love it, but I really don’t wear that orangey color. So what. It looks awesome with everything. It reads red with black, it reads orange when paired with blue. And it adds color everywhere.
3. Shoes, and Purses, and Belts-Oh my! Let’s look at those other accessories.
You a belt person, or a shoe hoarder, what about your purse collection? I bet it rocks! These are part of the outfit, just like in the winter, your overcoat is too. A quick and easy fix for a new outfit is switch up the shoes or the purse. I have a poor shoe collection (I admit it, I have bad feet) but when I want to change the look of my jeans, I break out my heels and suddenly a whole new look. (Although one that makes my feet unhappy) Or what I prefer to do is switch up my purse. I love my purse collection. It makes me feel so hot, even on my laziest days. So carry it with confidence, it will make the rest of the outfit come together. Make sure that you have some color in these three areas though. You need at least one pair of shoes, one belt and one purse that screams for the days when you wear all black!
Example: This belt was part of a dress that was so cheap I couldn’t not buy it. I loved it when I tried it on. When I wore it the first time I just didn’t like the dress. I just didn’t feel great about it. I ended up making it work other times, and feel good about the purchase, but the best part was this belt. Who knew I would get such use out of pulling this belt off this dress. I pair it all the time with dresses. It cinches my waist in, and has just the perfect amount of flair.
4. HAVE FUN
This is not about purging your closet, this is not about finding the clothes that you bought thinking “one day” or “it will encourage me to lose 10lbs” NO this is about shopping. And it’s free shopping, and it’s stuff you already like because you already spent money on it. So….HAVE FUN!
Had I not shopped in my closet, but just did a purge I would have thrown these pieces away.
Paired together I get a casual professional look. The sweater hides where the dress doesn’t fit, and I was able to make the whole thing fashionable by honing in on today’s look with belts, and adding my colorful necklace.
I shopped, I saved money, I got a new outfit, all out of my closet.