Here’s why this helps:
Getting creative with what we already have and restyling garments breathes new life into our closets without spending money or making a mindless purchase. (AND keeps garments out of landfill - yay!) It is also a great exercise that, once done often, becomes easier every time (just like homework, but fun!)
Reducing our need to get fulfilment out of new clothes helps us mentally “let-go” of that all-consuming need for new things. It takes time, but when we are able to see our closets from a perspective of abundance and creative challenges, then we get to spend more time and money on things like experiences, or treating those we love to a Nutella latte. ;) I think this also sends a subtle message to retailers that consumers are seeking out clothes with more longevity and versatility.
“Reverse Engineer” sounds complicated and fancy, but it’s really not. Here’s an easy way to put some use to those frustrating items you’re wearing only one way (or perhaps not at all):
1 - Create a pinterest board titled after that item (or a grouping of similar items)
2 - Pop the item description into Pinterest + “outfit ideas” and see what comes up
3 - Pin away! Choose looks that are realistic and that suit your personal style and lifestyle. It’s also important to look at the outfit inspiration as a whole, not discounting certain looks simply because you don’t have a similar pair of shoes, or coat, etc. (if you need a hand with this concept, I have a series that might help you ;)
4 - Keep these pins handy next time you’re outfit planning, or if you’ve got time; head to your closet straight away and put some looks together based on what you pinned. Don’t forget to snap a photo so you remember the ingenious combinations for when you need them!
New outfits, no shopping - doesn’t that sound like fun?