We survived January, hooray! But it’s still freezing outside and you are probably feeling a little lack lustre about your wardrobe. A wardrobe detox is a great idea at this time of year to give you clarity and purpose but what you are probably desperate for is some inspiration to make your existing pieces not only work harder but to feel fresh again. My clients say outfit building sessions with me are like shopping in their own closets so that’s what we are going to do. Here are 3 fun and interesting ways to wear existing pieces that are already in your wardrobe. Because it’s more satisfying repurposing existing pieces than it is to buy new items (well, most of the time!).
1. Casualise a statement skirt with knitwear - It’s time to repurpose that party skirt you bought at Christmas time. There is something about mixing the soft texture of knitwear with your dressier pieces that gives your overall look a casual feel. Take a sequin, brocade or tulle skirt and put it with a neutral knit (grey or black works well). Wear with your favourite boots or box fresh white trainers.
2. Belt a blazer- This is a great way to give your office blazer an update whilst accentuating the waist too. Perfect for this time of year when you don’t want to take your blazer off even when in-doors. Choose a good quality, preferably leather, belt that fits around your waist (as opposed to your belts for jeans that sit naturally on the hips). You can try this trick with a cardigan too.
3. A polo neck goes under anything - A black, navy or white polo neck is going to work with lots of your wardrobe either worn under a printed dress or with a statement jacket and adds another texture (read interest) to your outfit. I love a polo neck layered under a striped shirt. Look to sophisticated NY brand, Khaite for inspiration.
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Penny Bennett is a Personal Stylist, Personal Shopper and Image Consultant covering London and the UK that will change how you feel about your wardrobe forever.