How To Do A Closet Edit - A Guest Post From Trusty Chucks

Mary is one of my newest (and most favorite!) friends from #InfluenceConf. We're kindred souls, y'all. 7th grade English teacher, sarcastic, kindred souls. She has great style and some great tips on helping you edit your closet and making the most of what you already own!


Hi guys, I'm Mary from Trusty Chucks.  Carly asked me to fill in while she's gone.  Are you as upset as I am that Carly's on a cruise right now and we're stuck here?  Good, just checking. 

While Carly's off jetsetting (boatsetting?) around the world, I'm here to help you give your closet a little fall jumpstart.  Because as much as we all want to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe every season, most of us can't. (And if you are able to do that, can we be friends?  Call me.)  I'm all about using what you have in your closet in new, fresh ways and then just adding a few pieces to spice things up.  And recently I got to help a friend edit her closet for fall.  The things we did are easily done in your own closet, check it out:  

I headed to Bridget's house early one morning to go through all her clothes and figure out what outfits she has for fall/winter and what she wants to add. She's a physical education teacher during the day so doesn't have a lot of need for dressy or casual clothes--she's active and needs to be able to run around with kids. But she felt like she didn't have any cute clothes to wear outside of her job (to church, a birthday party, shopping, for date night with her husband, etc.).

The first thing we did was put her whole closet into two piles: one pile for clothes that would work for cooler weather, she still liked, and she'd wear. The second pile was summery clothes or things she didn't like anymore. (After I left, she went through and decided what would go to Goodwill and what she wanted to keep.)

In the pile we were working with there was probably about 20 tops and sweaters, 7-9 pairs of pants (colored skinnies, jeans, leggings, etc.), one skirt, and 4-6 dresses. Plenty of pieces to work with.

I started with a pair of pants and put together as many top combinations as I could think of. Bridget took a picture of each outfit and we talked about what else might work with the pieces (later she printed all the pictures and hung up in her closet so she could have an outfit idea without much thought). We did this for every skirt, pair of pants, and dress she had. We did a lot of layering and belting things, blazers with lace tops, dresses as shirts, and print mixing. Bridget had lots of neutral colors and classic pieces that made putting new looks together really easy. As we went, I made a list of things that she could add to the look or pieces that she could incorporate into many of her looks.

I'm all about not spending a lot of money to update your wardrobe and Bridget just needed more accessories, jackets, and/or shoes to complete her looks and then come up with many more.

Here are two of my favorite looks we put together featuring an awesome teal high/low hem top:

(left: charcoal cargo pants, teal top, and striped sweater, right: blue skinnies, teal top, and brown cardigan)

We talked a lot about how accessories can dress those outfits (and others) up or down. We came up with lots of different ways to wear one outfit which made Bridget happy especially since she and her cute husband just bought a beautiful new house and want to spend their money on that instead of a new clothes right now.

At this point in the consult, we had thirty one outfits put together. I had to cut out a little early to head to a dentist appointment (no cavaties!!) and we had about 7-8 tops that hadn't even been touched yet. We spent about two hours total doing our closet portion of the consult (with lots of talking too, so it might have only been an hour of true clothes time).

Then a few days later, we met up to go shopping. Our list from closet clean-out day was pretty simple:

We came up with enough great options that we probably could have skipped the shopping part and her wardrobe would have still been ready for fall and winter. But that's no fun and we were able to come up with many new outfits with a few key pieces. Here's what we got:

-chambray button down shirt
-brown belt
-white button down shirt
-dark chambray dress
-hunter green shirt dress
-purple button down shirt

Then on her own, Bridget picked up some scarves, some amazing brown boots, and a striped long-sleeve shirt. Booties and a bright colored sweater are still on the list (the shopping goal wasn't to buy everything, but pick up a few pieces and then Bridget could be on the lookout for other things as she was out and about [both budget-conscious and because we knew we wouldn't find everything we wanted in one day]).

Need some fall wardrobe inspiration? Here's some of what we came up with:

What I've learned as I've gotten older is that it's not about the amount of clothes you have, but how many ways you can wear them. Bridget is proof that with the right pieces you can have tons of looks and not tons of clothes. My shopping rule (for the most part) is not buying anything that can't be worn two or three different ways. It helps me decided what is worth buying and what isn't.

What do you think? Can you give your closet a little update? If this seems overwhelming, I'd just call a friend whose style you love and offer to buy dinner for a little time spent in your closet.  I'd be all over an invitation like that.

Although, don't call Carly because she's on a cruise.  Obviously, I'm not over that one yet.

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