Teacher Style: Shopping Your Closet
After making my Pinterest board full of styles that I liked, I was faced with the reality that I was now going to have to put my own outfits together. Time to shop my closet!
Note: I did not purge before doing this. I knew I wasn’t going to keep all the pieces in my closet, but I wanted the full variety available while I put outfits together. I actually ended up keeping many items I would have originally purged, so this was a good plan.
While I had SOME pieces that looked like items found in the Pinterest outfits, I also had many, many pieces that were not on my board, but that I still loved. What to do? Where to start?
First step: I put together outfits I had worn in the past and knew I loved. Outfits that were tried and true and made me feel great.
This corduroy skirt and striped top are SO comfortable-the skirt has an elastic waist, so it is a great wear anytime.
This outfit was purchased for a job interview-a rare splurge in purchasing all the pieces together, but worth it as I got the job!
Second step: Putting together existing outfits didn’t take long, as I didn’t have many. So I turned to my Pinterest board. I had printed a copy of it before starting, and began going through the pictures to find outfits I could put together from my outfits.
And these are a few of the outfits I was able to put together:
I’ve had this top for years and just found these jeans a month ago at a garage sale.
You can’t see it, but the blouse has little polka dots all over it. The shorts were on clearance at Target for $8.
When I saw this outfit, I searched all over the internet for that sweater-sold out everywhere. And then I walked into the Goodwill and found this ‘puppy’, brand new, just waiting for me! I’m hoping I can put the cool factor into it and pull off the look!
Loved this look and had to have it! I found the yellow sweater at Banana Republic on clearance for $18 and the polka dot top at J Crew on clearance as well!
Step Three: Now that I had exhausted the knowns, I had to venture into putting outfits together without a guide. I still had a closet of pieces and needed to get to work on my own! I found that you can type in an item description into Pinterest and it will pull up outfits as suggestions. If you can’t find an image on Pinterest, you can also do this in Google Images.
I got this skirt years ago from ModCloth and never knew how to style it. I typed in ‘Black Polka Dot Skirt’ into Pinterest and found this cute idea! Grabbed a top from a thrift shop and had an outfit ready to wear.
I found this skirt at a thrift shop (Ralph Lauren!) for $5 and had no idea what to do with it. I actually paired it with a t-shirt (a T-SHIRT!!) before seeing this, so I typed ‘white midi skirt’ into Pinterest and found this image.
This is a long green tartan plaid skirt I found at a thrift store (see a theme here??). I thought for sure it could be styled, but had no idea how. Typed in ‘plaid skirt’ into Pinterest and found this picture. I need to find a similar belt and I’ll be all set!
Once I started this, I got on a roll. Outfits just seemed to jump out at me. Pieces I never, ever thought to put together before just seemed to MATCH. Here are some of my favorite ‘ah-ha’ outfits:
I still can’t believe how well this outfit came together. I had the cardigan for years and would just wear it with jeans. The t-shirt was a garage sale find recently and the skirt was a thrift shop score last month. It just seems so 50’s.
I’ve had this skirt for years but would just pair it with a white tank top. This shirt picks up the purple and the scarf is a natural fit! So obvious, yet I never saw it!
When I was analyzing the patterns in my Pinterest board, one of them was pops of color. I had this skirt and thought I wanted to pair it with an unexpected top. Done and done!
These are three more pieces I’ve had for quite some time. I always knew I wanted to put the skirt with a green top-I had one the whole time and didn’t realize it! This lace vest-y thing went perfectly over it and tied in the lace at the bottom of the skirt.
My goal was to use as much of my wardrobe as possible when making my outfits. I had enough clothes to put together 1o7 outfits that I can wear, and most of them can be worn to school!
As I made the outfits, I hung all the pieces together on one hanger and laid them carefully in a pile for photographing later. I tried not to ‘share’ pieces between outfits-one pair of pants went with one top. It might mean creating less outfits, but the fact that I can grab one hanger and have the entire outfit together on it beats having 15 pairs of pants hanging in my closet and never wearing them because I forgot which tops they were suppose to go with.
There are a few pieces that I loved but just couldn’t find an outfit to put them in, so they are hanging in a separate closet to pull from as I find pieces to put with them. The rest were purged-more about that to come!
The ‘leftovers’-pieces I still love, but can’t put with an outfit at the moment. I’ll keep my eyes open for ways to use them in the future!
Go ahead and use your Pinterest board to shop your closet, and let us know if you find outfits that you didn’t know you had but now LOVE!!
PS-Ready for the next step? Time to PURGE!