Are you surprised? Are you tired of me going on and on about shopping your closet? (In true Canadian fashion, I do apologize for this!) But now more than ever, I believe using what we already have is so relevant, and in some cases, no longer a choice. If you’ve been around for a while, you likely already shop your closet, but the key here is making it a habit. Studies show that “interventions are more effective if they take place during moments of change,” (source) As an example, “A 2018 study ... found that when people were unable to drive and given free e-bike access instead, they drove much less when they eventually got their car back.” (source)
So if you want to make lasting change regarding your fashion consumption, now’s a good time (provided you have the time and energy - if not, you do you my friend, one day at a time).
Here’s why this helps:
You build your creative muscle: The more you test and play with your closet, the easier it becomes to pair items in new ways, allowing you to make the most of out that 80% of your closet that you likely don’t wear.
You step out (or in, these days) with more confidence: The more times you love what you’re wearing, the more gratitude you will feel for the items already in your closet, limiting the amount of times you feel you need to shop and consume more.
You get to know your style and values: The more you know your closet, the better understanding you will have what you like, why, and what your values are. This sets you up for conscious, and more successful shopping habits in the future.
Some resources to help you shop your closet: (apologies for the shameless self-promo, I have also included some of my favourite Youtubers here as well!)
Using Pinterest/Instagram for Inspiration:
My Shop Your Closet Playlist
Audrey Coyne’s Street Style Inspo Video
Steal Her Style Series by Use Less