my closet. I take my time and looking with fresh eyes I try on several pieces until I have coordinated a brand new outfit.
Now I have never been one to splurge on myself or shop til I drop anyway so I am not suffering shopping withdrawals. And fortunately, after losing 16 pounds last year, I bought a few new things and was also able to get back into some of the cute clothes hanging around in my closet that hadn't seen the light of day in years!
With nary a dollar for new fashion finds, I decided not to get all mopey about not being able to go to the mall, or T.J. Maxx or Marshall's. Instead I make a quick trip to my own little boutique. It's just down the hallway past the main bathroom on the right. You can't miss it!
My closet challenge is to put pieces together in a new way. I aim to coordinate a look that is modest yet flattering to my body type, appropriate to the situation and one which projects my inside attitude to my outside apparel!
Shopping my closet midweek also avoids the rush of last minute decision making since I already know what I am going to wear to church on Sunday, or for any other occasion on my calendar.
This past Sunday morning, my outfit, including accessories, was ready and waiting on me. I had never worn these pieces together before and that is what makes shopping your closet fun! Challenge yourself to look at your individual pieces a little differently. You may not be able to afford new clothes but if you get in your closet and mix things up a bit, you'll feel like a new woman!
The top is one I bought last year after losing weight. The skirt is part of a 3 piece suit (jacket, pants, skirt) that I bought in 2003! (Confession ~ I couldn't wear it from 2004 - 2007.) But it finally fits again and it's a classic cut in the perfect length for me (mid-knee).
I added a narrow black belt with silver buckle and wore my favorite pair of black slingbacks.
Here's a tip: If you want to visually lengthen your legs, wear slingbacks.
And for a pop of color I added a coral bag which also matched my coral lipgloss and my coral toe nail polish (although hidden by the shoes).
How's that for color coordination?
If your fashion budget is zero, why not shop your own closet?
The best part of all is knowing my husband admires me...not just for my cute outfit or money saving ways, but because we are on the same team and we're winning the battle of the budget together!