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6 Ways to Revive Your Wardrobe – Part II

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“I have spent the majority of this chapter stressing the maintenance of the self, but that self should also stretch and shift. If your environment doesn’t require this of you, you must actively work to stimulate such changes. One of the most noticeable elements of the self that can get stuck is your external self – the image you choose to present to the world.”  -Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner in You Are What You Wear

6 Ways to Revive Your Wardrobe - Part II

We began this discussion last week on Midlife Boulevard in THIS POST, about how to refresh, revive, update our current wardrobes.  Actually, right now is the perfect time to discuss an update.  We are in between clothing seasons.  Retailers are clearing their summer inventory and preparing for new styles to arrive.  This week is known as one of the down weeks of fashion retail.  So, it is a perfect time to clean out and plan for a new, vibrant, and more confident you.

Out of many suggestions the author presents, I have selected my six favorites.  Here is the second set for your consideration:

  1. WARDROBE REPEATERS….Spend money updating the items you always wear, always buy, and always feel good in. For me, I love a little leopard print, so I recently purchased a new leopard cardigan in an updated design.  I also purchased a new black trench coat….my old one is worn and tired.  Maybe that caramel, leather handbag you have worn out should be replaced.
  2. COMPLIMENTARY AND SEASONAL COLORS…Know your favorite neutrals. Mine are black, brown, and grey.  Then select three seasonal colors you love for accent pieces.  This is a simple way to coordinate your wardrobe and keep outfits simple for your life and travel. For this fall, my accent colors will be burnt orange, forest green, and a rich blue.
  3. DRESS YOUR LIFESTYLE…”I am a big supporter of a wardrobe that supports a lifestyle. Why should I collect clubbing clothes when I prefer to have a great meal at a restaurant, walk on a beach, or drink coffee at a bookstore? Clothing should seamlessly fit into your current lifestyle, but it can also serve as a great motivator to go after the lifestyle you desire. This is my version of reverse psychology.  You can dress for the lifestyle you have now, but why not dress for the lifestyle you want, and go out and get it?” writes Baumgartner.

Finally, I encourage my blog readers to do as Baumgartner suggest and start a style file of looks you find attractive.   This can be Pinterest pages or a notebook for magazine pages.  However, you do this, it will begin to help you formulate what you like and don’t like and how you envision a wardrobe.  Shake things up a bit, just for the fun of it.  Wear something small out of your comfort zone…this is the way I started wearing leopard print items and they stayed with me.  It is fun!

Before you shop again, have a plan, and plan to have fun!  What do you think of her advice?

Thanks for stopping by The Joy Boutique…have a great week, everyone!


Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, over50feeling40, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

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Tuesday 7th of July 2015

Her advice is excellent! For me the 'wardrobe repeaters' and things I always make sure I invest in when they wear out are black pumps, black slacks and a black skirt. Always have those. I look best in jewel tones and try to get some new sweaters and tops for the cooler weather in these colors. Dressing for my lifestyle has never been a problem for me because I try to keep my wardrobe pared down to things that I wear a lot and that work hard. I probably have too many pairs of jeans, but they are called on an awful lot in my non-working hours, so that's how I justify that one! I really enjoy articles like this one and consider it a challenge to get into my closet and see how I'm doing with all of these suggestions!

Carol Cassara

Tuesday 7th of July 2015

Oh, i love this advice. I hadn't thought about updating in quite this way. You gave me an idea.......

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