What Is Closet Shopping?

What is closet shopping? Before you buy another thing at the store, mall or online, watch this video! I’ll explain the basics and benefits of shopping your own closet, rediscovering your wardrobe and refreshing your look, without buying a thing. These tips and tricks will also help you as you get your items ready for swapping at the next trendy trade. (Click the image below to play video.)

We have all had that feeling or that day where we open up our closets and think, “I have nothing to wear!” Our closets are overstuffed and bursting at the seams with options, yet we stand there and stare, with a blank look on our face, feeling a little lost about what all those options are. If that has been you at some point too, read on as I help you make the most of what you already have by teaching you about what is closet shopping and how to do it.

What is closet shopping?

Closet shopping is hitting your closet before you hit the mall and rediscovering things to wear or discovering new ways to wear things you already have. If you closet shop instead of store shop, or closet shop before store shopping, you’ll find that you don’t really need to buy what you thought you did. It will also help you to buy less. By taking inventory of what you already have, you’ll see maybe it’s just a piece or two you need to add to your wardrobe, not really five new outfits.

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Benefits of closet shopping

There are many benefits to closet shopping, here are just a few:

  • Save money – by making the most of what you already have
  • Save time – by pre-arranging outfits, which we will talk more about in a minute, you will have several ready-to-go options as you head into your week, saving you time each morning
  • Save space – once you determine what is actually usable in your closet and what isn’t, you can get rid of the items that aren’t working for you anymore – by maybe bringing them to trendy trade – and free up some space in your closet
  • It’s fun! Closet shopping is a perfect opportunity for some quality time with your daughter, mom, sister or friend. If you don’t feel confident enough in your styling abilities, call up a friend you trust enough to come give their opinion and make an evening of it.

What is closet shopping? A couple more things to know

Think about when you were in school and your mom made you pick out your clothes the night before. It’s kind of like that, only the grown-up version.

Also, taking just a little bit of time to shop your own closet occasionally can take that overwhelming feeling away that you get either when you walk into your closet because it is stuffed full or when you walk into your closet each day as you are trying to pick out what to wear.

If you are planning on coming to the next trendy trade Clothing Swap Event, you will want to make closet shopping a priority between now and then because it will allow you to get rid of those items that are truly no longer any use to you, clean them out of your closet and bring them to the next trendy trade. Plus, once you have your new outfits planned from your closet after closet shopping, it will allow you to see what items you do need to be on the search for to complete your wardrobe and then those are the items you can hunt down at the next trendy trade Clothing Swap Event.

Make it your goal to assign everything in your wardrobe to an outfit. The misfits at the end are the items you should get rid of. They are just taking up space, crowding your life and collecting dust. Bring them to the next trendy trade and trade them for items you will actually use or if trendy trade isn’t in your area yet, donate them to local women in need.

What is closet shopping? The basics

Next, now that we have covered what is closet shopping and the benefits, let’s talk about how to closet shop and break it down to the basics.

  • When you are closet shopping, you are going to consider every item of clothing, plus shoes, purses, hats, scarves (other accessories) and your jewelry.
  • The very first thing I do is set sentimental items aside. I’m not someone that is attached to very many items, so this works for me. If you are someone that is sentimental about everything you have, you may have to take a longer look at this. But basically, these are the items that although you may not wear them often, if at all, you would never let go of (family heirlooms, baby shoes, special gifts, wedding dress.) Keep sentimental items. These do not get included in your closet shopping process.
  • Next, start with putting together your most frequently worn outfits. These are the quick and easy outfits to put together. You know them well because you are washing them every week or two and get lots of use out of them.
  • Lastly, get rid of anything that doesn’t fit. I know this is hard to hear, but if it is not in active use (the exception being sentimental items) you don’t need it. In this day and age — and especially with trendy trade – if it is something that you end up needing later, there are always cheap places to buy it or something similar will end up coming back around like it at trendy trade. In the meantime, you don’t need it cluttering up your closet, crowding up your life and collecting dust. Pass it on to someone you know will use it or needs it now.

When you are closet shopping and throughout this whole process, find a place to put everything as you work your way through your closet. You can either hang each outfit in your closet, or lay each outfit on your bed. Be sure to include all of the accessories with it – shoes, purse, earrings, necklace, everything that you put on to pull the outfit together. Don’t leave anything out.

What is closet shopping? A step-by-step how to

Now that you have set sentimental items aside, pulled out your quick and easy outfits and then gotten rid of anything that doesn’t fit, what you have left is more or less all of the pieces of the puzzle that you are going to start putting together.

  • Item-by-item go through your closet and start putting outfits together.
  • Look for new possibilities (i.e. dresses that can be worn as tops as seen in our previous video, “Why to Shop by Fit, Not Size”)
  • Look for different combinations (One pair of jeans goes with 10 different tops. Lay out the pair of jeans and then surround it with the 10 tops, plus the shoes, purses and accessories to go with it.)
  • Repeat

Keep working your way through this process, along with the help of your friend or family member that has so graciously agreed to do this with you. Just keep going until you’ve made it through most everything in your closet.

Filter the misfits = Keep the basics – Trade the randoms

At the end, you are going to have a few misfits. This could be a little black dress, that maybe you have assigned the shoes, purse and jewelry to other outfits, but you know what you have that will go with it, so keep the little black dress because that is a good basic item to have in your wardrobe.

If you have any other random items leftover, try to find a “home” for them by assigning them to an outfit. If there is no possible way you can assign it to anything because you have absolutely nothing to go with it, then you have a choice to make. Do you want to accumulate more by either shopping or trading all the necessary pieces to turn that into an outfit? Or do you want to swap or donate it?

Closet shopping is the perfect place to start when cleaning out your closet for a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event. It is going to help you make the most of what you already have, get some mileage out of your closet and then help you know what to be on the look out for at the next clothing swap you attend.

Don’t forget to click the video above to learn more on what is closet shopping and how to do it, plus see more trendy trade Clothing Swap Event finds!

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