Shop Your Closet Like A Stylist
Learn to shop your closet like a stylist with these professional styling and organizing tips. Manage your wardrobe like a pro and get the most out from the items you already have.
Closet clean-out like a pro, have a style detox, shop your closet and discover new combinations with the items you already own. You will always know you what to wear and you can fully concentrate on what matters the most to you.
Last minute style panics, getting a sudden invitation to a big meeting, an ad-hoc job interview or a fun dinner after work with friends or colleagues will never be a fashion dilemma for you again after reading this blog post.
Let’s Start With The Current State Of Your Closet
Before moving on, I would like you to answer this very short questionnaire to see if this method is relevant to you in the first place:
- Is your wardrobe bursting from it’s seams but still you have nothing to wear?
- Tired of buying new items only to find them unused in the back of your closet after several months?
- Fed up with wasting money on mediocre items that kind-of almost look okay but bring you no joy or increased confidence?
- Are you storing your clothes in multiple places because they no longer fit in your wardrobe?
- Do you have a hard time letting go of items?
If you answered YES to one or more questions it’s time to shop your closet with I on Image!
“Your wardrobe should work for you -and not the other way around.”Jenni @ I on Image
I on Image’s Wardrobe Editing Advice
Here at I on Image I use a simple 3-step method that you can easily copy into your own wardrobe maintenance routine. By following these three steps you will reach the wardrobe of your dreams:
You can of course do it on your own, but having someone else take a critical look at your wardrobe helps you keep your thoughts clear throughout the process. Ask a stylish friend or invest in a personal wardrobe stylist.
I recommend repeating the process 2 times a year to begin with. When you get a hold of it, you can upgrade to 4 times a year. The best time to do a closet detox is when a new season starts. Changing weather and new fashion is a good motivator to get your wardrobe up to date.
It’s also a mindful ritual to prepare yourself to the new season. It will make you appreciate more what you have. Embrace and rediscover your sustainable personal style without buying new items. Make your wardrobe more sustainable in the process and save that hard-earned cash for something else.
STEP 1. PLAN Your Closet
Well planned is half done. Set you style intention and define the key elements of your style. Start building outfits that reflect your personality and bring the best out in you.You probably already know what looks good on you. My job is to make you aware of it. I want you to be intentional and consistent about your style.
The best dressed people always look like they just threw something fabulous on before heading out to do fabulous things. Spoiler alert: They did not. Their wardrobe is carefully curated and outfits well planned by a professional personal stylist. Good news is that this luxury is no longer reserved for the rich and famous.
Here at I on Image we work with all budgets and of course with all sizes too. My approach is female-friendly, age positive and body positive. I am not snobbish about brands, the current state of your wardrobe or the way you look. I believe that great style belongs to everybody!
When the foundation of your wardrobe is built well you too can literally just throw something fabulous on without having to think about it twice. Imagine how much easier your busy mornings will be when your personal style is in check. No sudden invitation or change of plans will ever throw you off your style game ever again.
STEP 2. PREPARE Your Closet
We hold on to things for various reasons but having too much can cause stress and confusion. People spend a huge amount of time managing their wardrobes, looking for lost items and pondering in front of the mirror. No wonder that Marie Kondo’s Konmari method became so popular.
We are literally drowning in stuff and clothes are no exception, in fact they are a huge waste problem in the world. Where do all those polyester party tops that you wore once -or gasp, not even once- go to retire? Our fashion ending up in landfill is a devastating thought and I would like to help you to contribute towards a greener way of dressing up.
Taking control of your wardrobe is good for your own clarity and time management but the planet will thank you too. You will also be delighted to see how much money you have saved in the process. So sit tight, amazing things are coming your way!
Make some space for your real style and learn to let go of unhealthy fashion habits that are not contributing to your wellbeing nor to your style. Wholesome life is all about owning less and having more time for yourself.
SIDE NOTE: Hold Off Buying New Items For A While…
Refrain from buying new items before your current wardrobe has been sorted. Watch out for common culprits, such as discounts and comfort buying. Being aware of your spending habits will help you to manage your finances better and to consume mindfully. With my personal shopping advice you will also learn to keep your cool in sales.
You will very soon notice that you don’t need to keep on buying more because you are in love with what you already have. This type of meaningful and wholesome closet will bring you very much joy and purpose for years to come. And it will look 100% like unique beautiful YOU!
STEP 3. STORE Your Clothes Right
After this final step there should be some breathing space in your closet. It will allow you to see what you have on just one glimpse. All my closet detox clients love the simplicity and speed of choosing what to wear after my visit in their wardrobe. Everything is just so effortless and pulled together after I’ve made my magic!
Utilize your wardrobe space well and make conscious storage choices that improve your every day life. Instagram-worthy wardrobes are no longer the privilege of the rich and famous. It’s within your reach just by following this closet detox guide.
You too can have a closet full of “good friends” as my lovely client Susanne said it!
Shop Your Closet With I on Image
For a more in-depth approach I recommend booking I on Image’s Wardrobe Editing session. I give you tailored style advice, a handy shopping list (if even necessary!) and fresh suggestions on how to get the most out of your existing clothes.
I also offer online support if you prefer to do this wardrobe styling session remotely. This is an ideal solution for those who are short of time or temporarily tied at home. Whatever your situation is, I am there for you!
Allow yourself to try on new and unexpected combinations. Fall in love with your existing clothes over and over again. You will always know you what to wear and you can fully concentrate on what matters the most to you: family, friends, work, volunteering, studying, sports, personal development -or just hanging out.
YOUR FREE RESOURCE: Wardrobe Edits by I on Image on Pinterest. Save the pages of this guide on your personal style board and start making a difference in your style today.
Tell me in comments how you are getting on or ask for more wardrobe editing advice. This blog post will be updated every now and then based on your questions and remarks so use this opportunity to get the most out of my knowledge.
This post was originally published on I on Image’s website on 6th June 2018 and edited on 17th February2023.
Stay chic and shop your closet like a stylist with I on Image!
38 thoughts on “Shop Your Closet Like A Stylist”
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That’s a fantastic way to manage your style> KonMari is such a good method ti keep your house and life organized. Keep up the good work Karalee xx
These are great tips! Back in 2019 I went through the KonMari Method & since then I’ve only been buying new clothes that I need & shopping my closet for the rest!
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Glad to hear you enjoyed this Magdalene! Last minute is also ok if you feel confident about your choices and it doesn’t eat too much of your time. Keep on doing what works for you xxx
Happy to hear that this resonated with you Ella!
Nice tips. I love this. I am a last minute person though. So I start planing what to wear on the spot
loved reading this! really catchy slogan: plan prepare store!!
Always happy to help Rayo! Thank you for reading my blog xxx
Thank you for reading along Fadima! Always happy to help xxx
These are excellent tips, I really needed them.
Thank you for sharing your fashion tips. These tips are important for us.
Happy to hear that you found this post inspiring Madi! Decluttering is a great way to take control of your closet. I love to have a full overview of what I really have and what still works on me xx
Happy to hear that! It’s a great way to start the new season xx
This post is fantastic – love these tips. My favorite part of handling my own wardrobe is decluttering it:) I love parting with items I no longer use – I give them away and get a two for 1 – make someone else happy and get a more orderly closet. I need to take up your advice about hanging full outfits together. thanks so much for these fantastic ideas.
I love this post, great tips here. I’m shopping my closet this weekend 🙂
Oh that’s so nice to hear Teresa! I am always happy to help. I love that you are putting your outfits together in advance. It’s such a time-saver!
A lot of people can’t go shopping now because they are in quarantine or they just don’t feel like it. This post will hopefully help them realize that their closets are already full of treasures just waiting to be rediscovered xx
Love love love this! Shopping my wardrobe is something I absolutely love doing and I plan my outfits ready for the next day, so I don’t need to spend time on it in the morning. I’ve got a bulging closet so I definitely don’t need anything new anytime soon 🙂
Very happy to hear that you found my blog post helpful! Enjoy your new/old outfits xx
I am horrible at putting outfits together. I usually look in the closet and then just want to donate everything and start all over again. You have shared some really good tips that I will have to try out.
Happy to hear that my tips are helpful Lori! Your wardrobe planning sounds great. Keep up the good work and let me know how you are getting on xx
Thank you, that’s so nice to hear xx
Excellent tips! Right now I am paring down my wardrobe to the basics. Then, I intend to rebuild a small but high-quality mixable capsule based on the best of what I already have. Your tips are very helpful.
I always enjoy reading your blog Jenni xoxo
Everything will fall into place when the time is right! Sometimes style doesn’t make the top 10 priorities and that’s perfectly fine. Glad to hear you enjoyed reading my blog xxx
As always great tips Jenni! I shall someday have a “grown up” wardrobe. Currently I own like 3 sweaters, 3 tshirts and a pair of jeans….. lol, most definitely not ideal.
That’s wonderful Chelsea! You have mastered a daily uniform which is one of the most advanced levels of style. Very simple, time & money efficient and instantly recognizable as YOU. Keep it up xxx
Something I’ve learned that works for me is keep it simple. I have yoga pants in a different variety of neutral colors, and similar neutral colors in t-shirts/long sleeve/sweatshirts. So it’s as easy as picking any pant/any shirt. SUPER time saver for me.
Thank you for stopping by to read Bexa! Always here to help xx
These are great ideas! I love the suggestion of keeping a photo journal of your best looks, that way you will know what your style is and save yourself buying outfits that don’t suit you! Thanks for sharing, fab post! <3 xx
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Always here to help Lauren! Thank you for reading my blog xxx
Definitely! Thank you for sharing xxx
Yes indeed! It’s the cheapest and the most creative way to update your style. My clients are always amazed when they see the new combinations I make for them. Love shopping in my own closet too xxx
These are great tips! A great way to watch your bank balance too. Utilising clothes you already own! X
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