Are you doing this? It may just help you create a lot more outfits you will love!

by Sylvia

How to create lots of new outfits from your own wardrobe quickly | 40plusstyle.com

When Suzanne Carillo visited me in Amsterdam she shared a great tip. It’s so simple and yet so effective that it may just give you a whole lot more outfit ideas from your wardrobe.

She told me how she would usually mix and match new outfits straight after she bought something new, create pictures of it and document them for later reference.

I thought that was such a brilliant idea. Here is why this works so well.

  • When you buy something new, you are really excited about the new item. You want to wear it straight away and will have lots of ideas of how to wear the item. It’s important to create all the outfit ideas when you are still really excited about the item as you will forget about that excitement later when there is a ‘new kid’ on the block…
  • You will find that you can come up with lots of ideas in this initial stage.
  • Knock yourself out and be crazy creative. Try all kinds of color combinations, silhouettes, layerings, business outfits, casual outfits and subdued outfits. That way you will create a great ‘library’ of outfits that you can pull from when you need inspiration.
  • Add all images in a special folder on your harddrive or ipad for instant inspiration if you need it.

I put it to the test with the new top I showed you yesterday as well as some other new clothes I’ve bought.

I found lots of options for this top in my wardrobe already:

  • Obvious option is to wear it with my black skinnies.
  • I also like to wear it with my wide black pants. I know that many don’t like the wide on wide look but I do!
  • It looks great with sand color pants too as I showed you yesterday.
  • For that same reason I will also wear the top with both the wide skirt but will wear it with a pencil skirt too.
  • I also have 2 printed skirts with red/black or red/fuchsia in them that would create a great arty look.
  • I have quite a few options of jewelry to pair with the top.

It’s great fun pairing your new clothes with lots of other items in your closet. Try to be as creative as possible. Try lots of options, photograph it and then keep the images of outfits that you are happy with.

The next time that you feel you have nothing to wear, just look at your library of outfit ideas and pick one.

Do you do this when you have bought new clothes? What is your best tip for creating lots of new outfits quickly?

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Lisa

I do this — usually I don’t take the picture, but I have a lot of fun figuring out how stuff goes together.

The other thing that I do is after washing and putting away all my clothing, I make up new combinations and hang these six or eight outfits together in my closet complete with scarves and necklaces. (Truthfully, scarves are often the starting point for the creative process.) Then when it’s time to get ready, I have everything but the earrings and shoes ready to go. I find this process fun and creative, so it’s the motivation I need to get the laundry put away!

Usually there are one or two combinations that I end up not using. I like unusual color combinations and sometimes when it comes right down to it some of my combinations are a little too much.

This is also a process that I use to make myself use (or get rid of!) items in my closet that don’t get as much wear. Some things I don’t wear because I truly don’t love them anymore, but often it’s because I just can’t figure out what to do with it on a moment’s notice.

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Sylvia

How fun to read about your process Lisa!

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Mary Byrd

I do this before buying an item 75% of the time. I think of 3 ways to wear this prior to making a purchase. Since following other bloggers I have been inspired to find new ways to wear old items in my closet that I never thought I would use again. It is turning out to be alot of fun

Mary
http://curlybyrdiechirps.blogspot.com

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Sylvia

Yes, I do this in my head to. But it’s fun to do it afterwards also with the actual clothes and come up with ideas you did not consider earlier.

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No Fear or Fashion

It is a great idea. I spend too much time in the shop buying new things, so I don’t have time left to create all sorts of outfits with these new things. If I would do that, it would save time and money haha. Pity… I don’t see that happening.

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Sylvia

Haha Greetje. Perhaps take baby steps. Take 10 min off the time in the shop!

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Trina

I love this idea. I have done the laying out part before but never thought of taking pictures and creating a photo library for inspiration, it’s a fun and brilliant idea. So glad you two shared this idea with us.
And, just look at your creative outfits you’ve put together with just one new item. I’m so impressed and motivated as well.

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Sylvia

Hi Trina. I’m sure you’d be great with this. You are so creative at creating new things. I’ve been following all your decorations and the way you entertain your guests or take nature into your style. So creative and inspiring. It must be a dream to come to a party of yours!

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ies

I always think about a lot of combinations with new item before buying or sewing. If I can’t create 4 or 5 looks with new item, I don’t buy or sew it.
Excuse me for my mistakes in English(((.

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Sylvia

That’s a very smart tactic Ies. By the way no need to apologize for your english. Where are you from?

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ies

I’m from Russia.

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Suzanne

Glad you’re putting this idea to use Sylvia : ) and thanks for the shout out!

I must admit another reason why I do this is to ensure that I will actually keep the piece. If it can’t work with a number of items I already own it normally goes back. Often times I will be hiding the tags in the photos just in case I wind up taking it back.

Also, I find that viewing myself wearing the new piece in a photo is an objective way of seeing what it really looks like on my body. Often times those “trick” mirrors in the fitting rooms can lie to us.

bisous
Suzanne

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Sylvia

yes you are right Suzanne. I should really add that to the list of reasons why it’s good to do this. Unfortunately, many clothes are non-returnable here in Singapore. So you better make the right decision when you are in the shops!

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