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How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe for 2020 and Beyond

Do you stare at your closet morning after morning and think “I have nothing to wear,” while looking at dozens of pieces of clothing? How about walking into work, not feeling as confident as you can because you’ve become bored and uninspired with your wardrobe and didn’t want to put much effort into getting ready? It happens to everyone.

Clothing is a form of self-expression and it says a lot more about us than we think. According to the book that’s been called “the psychology of fashion”, You Are What You Wear, by Jennifer Baumgartner. Clothing and personal style are also things that plus size women turn to in order to cultivate more confidence within themselves. So when our wardrobe doesn’t speak to us, other things in our life like confidence, inspiration, motivation and drive fall to the wayside.

That’s why everyone, at some point—and sometimes more than a couple of times a year—needs to conduct a closet refresh. A plus size wardrobe refresh could either mean investing in new, strategic pieces to help your wardrobe feel current and fresh, or reorganizing your closet to give old pieces a new opportunity to spark confidence and joy for you.

No matter what your next step is to revamp your wardrobe, follow these suggestions to help set you on the right path and get your style game back on point in as little as an hour.

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

Take Inventory

Usually when we lose inspiration or trust in our wardrobe, it’s because we feel like we are missing something–for example, a sharp blazer, a pair of dark wash skinny jeans or a basic white V–neck shirt. We let this idea that we don’t have the right clothing convince us that we will never be able to create the perfect outfit. Before we rip our closet to shreds, it’s important to take inventory of the things we have, the things we need and the things we would like to have.

  1. Write down a list of pieces that you would like to have in your wardrobe that you don’t think you have currently.
  2. Also write down the pieces you love and wear every day that fit you perfectly. If you have time and you’re feeling inspired, think about or write down what it is about these clothes that makes them so special. What characteristics do they possess?

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

Reorganize and Restructure

Before you spend a dime on a new wardrobe, you can rediscover pieces you had previously forgotten about by reorganizing and cleaning out your closet. So let’s get started! If you can, empty everything that is hanging in your closet, but keep these items close by. We are going to go through every item of clothing, so make sure to block out about an hour or two of your time to do this. After this process is complete, you should have a much better idea of exactly which garments are in your closet, and you may find yourself feeling more inspired as you uncover lost items, clothing that still has the tags on it or other pieces that might be old but have a new use in your style. As you go through your closet, make sure you are adding to your inventory list when you realize that you may need to replace damaged clothes or invest in strategic pieces.

  1. Pick a color, like black, and start hanging up all of your black items on one of the far sides of the closet.
  2. As you hang these items up, ask yourself, “Have I worn this within the past three months?” If not, do you plan on wearing it again? If yes, keep the garment and hang it up in the closet. If not, consider donating it. If you don’t like the idea of parting with clothes, place it in a box and if you go 30 days without touching it, donate it. If you go into the box to retrieve it, it’s earned a second chance at life in your closet.
  3. As you hang up clothing by color, start to also organize it by types of garments. Your closet should look something like this: [Black: Dresses | Blouses | Sweaters | Blazers | Pants]; [White: Dresses | Blouses | Sweaters | Blazers | Pants], etc. The reason we are hanging up your clothes by color and then by garment type is so you can get ready faster in the morning, and if things are categorized, you’ll be able to see most things in your closet as you sift through them every day to find the perfect color and garment, rather than have things scattered and get lost.
  4. When you come across seasonal garments that may be good for summer but not winter—like plus size off the shoulder tops – think about how you could style them for the off-season instead of packing them away until next year. Bringing in an off-season piece to an outfit could make a cool addition to one of your favorite looks.
  5. While you are hanging garments up, if you notice that you have a piece of clothing you have been wanting, but forgot you had—like a sharp blazer—cross it off your “need to buy” list we created in the first step.

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

Invest in the Pieces You Need

Now that you have a color- and garment-coordinated wardrobe, you should have a clear vision of the types of pieces you need to invest in to really make your wardrobe pop. Here is some advice to keep in mind while shopping for new additions to your closet.

  1. Stock Up on the Basics – You can never have too many foundational pieces because they are so versatile and are also worn a lot more than statement pieces. Plus size tunics can be a staple in any look and almost every season so don’t be afraid to stock up on them.
  2. Don’t Be Afraid to Indulge in Accessories – Accessories have a lot more power than we give them. They can make or break an outfit, as well as take it from one style to the next. If you notice you’re running low on accessories that could diversify some of the basic items you have in your closet, think about what pieces you may need and prioritize spending for those as well.
  3. Keep Quality in Mind – While we may always be on the hunt for the best bargain, the greatest value for you is within the longevity of your clothing. Invest in high-quality plus size jeans that fit you well, feel comfortable and will last. If you need to splurge on a high-quality item, make sure that it’s something that can be worn for many different occasions and with different outfits. For example, you’ll definitely want to purchase a pair of dark wash skinny jeans rather than velvet plaid leggings because the jeans are classic, and they will carry you through many seasons and multiple years. Whereas the leggings will be trendy for a season and then they will just collect dust in your closet.

Now that you have an organized closet that is easy and efficient to navigate and you have identified the pieces you need to enhance your plus size wardrobe, you should be feeling inspired and ready to dress to the nines.

Tips on How YOU Can Keep Your Style Fresh & Great #CarefreeChallenge Jewelry Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Carefree® #CarefreeChallenge, however all the opinions and musings are all my own.Fashion is an ever changing entity whose trends, innovations, and modifications we strive to follow. We buy and discard things when they go in and out of style without a thought….until we look at our bursting-at-our-seems closets and declare, “I have nothing to wear!” The truth is we’re just bored with whats in our closets and want new looks to revamp it. Thankfully there are things you can do to refresh your style and we’re sharing them today as part of the Carefree 30-Day Fresh Challenge, to help you return the “style spark” to your look. We hope that you’ve been enjoying and following all the great Carefree Challenge tips. We don’t want you to miss out on the great daily prizes or the $5,000 grand prize. So here goes:

Shop Your Closet

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When was the last time you saw the back of your closet? You’d be surprised the hidden gems you’ve forgotten about that are just waiting to be paired with more recent purchases. Especially as some fashion trends tend to repeat every few years. So dig in, don’t be afraid to be creative – give that old t-shirt some new life by pairing it with layered necklaces and slacks, rock that cool scarf as a belt, wear a long necklace as a bracelet, or layer your leather jacket over those old blazers you think are outdated; the possibilities are endless once you open those closet doors.

Shop Vintage and Thrift Shops

If your closet is bare and your budget is limited, try Thrifting. These money-saving shops are treasure troves of fashion goodness. One of my favorite times to thrift is during the yearly Buffalo Exchange Earth Day Sale. The sale raises money for charity (so it’s for a good cause), is held at every Buffalo Exchange location nationwide, and everything is only $1, that’s right $1. Available items for sale includes designer labels and ranges in everything from clothing to shoes to accessories. I’ve scored lots of designer labels from the sale, like Betsey Johnson, Kenneth Cole, Rachel Palley (see next tip), Versace, etc.

Re-purpose Your Shoes and Handbags

Give your shoes and handbags some new life with some new color. It works for cars, so why not your small leather goods and accessories. I recently gave the Rachel Palley shoes I got at the $1 Buffalo Exchange sale (see above) a new hue (I wanted to color them a neutral grey-taupe hue for fall) with a leather color dye kit. I chose and used Tarrago Color Dye Kit for Leather for their vast color assortment (they have more than 80 creme and metallic colors) and kit supplies, plus it works on leather, synthetic leather, and canvas goods. That small box you see has everything you need to change the color or restore your items.

DIY

If you’ve ever linked paperclips together to create a necklace, you can DIY jewelry. However, if you’ve never done it before and want to ease your way into it, there are amazing companies that help you get started by supplying you with everything you need to create great accessories. We love the boxes from Darby Smart, Whimsey Box, and Brit + Co for their great fashion and accessory kits. Whether you want to create new fashion or accessory looks or just want to spice up an item you haven’t worn in years, put those arts and crafts skills to work.

Forget the Rules

Remember the old adage about taking one thing off before you leave the house? Forget it, embrace and show off your personality with your style. If that means piling on the necklaces, scarves or bracelets, wearing mismatched prints together, or…egad….wearing white after Labor Day – just do it! Rule breakers usually end up being trendsetters, so don’t limit yourself, experiment with your style and if it works for you, then it works.

Stay Fresh All Day

Don’t forget to stay fresh all day with a Carefree Acti-fresh pantyliner. Be confident in knowing that these thinner, more absorbent liners lock away fluids and move with you as you go about your day. We always love to save, so don’t miss the chance to save $1.50 on your purchase with this Carefree Coupon.

Don’t forget you only have until Sept. 10th, 2014 to win a grand prize of $5,000 to renew and refresh your wardrobe. You can also enter to win today’s prize of a $100 gift card towards some great Jewelry. While we hope you enjoy and implement some or all of our tips, we’d love to hear some of yours. What are some of your favorite ways to refresh your style?

LOFT & ELLE LIVE CHAT THIS THURSDAY!!!

LOFT and ELLE are teaming up to show you fabulous fashionistas that you can wear the pants- just like they do! Tune into www.facebook.com/LOFT this Thursday, 2/24 at 1pm EST to get fashion tips from LOFT’s Fashion Director and an Elle stylist during a live styling session. Be sure to tune in to receive a special discount code only given out during the chat.

Enjoy