Adding just a little something to tried and true, long worn outfits is an inexpensive way to update a wardrobe — and lift spirits.
How important is it to you to look nice? In my line of work, it is very important. After all, I am meeting new people every day, speaking in front of groups of people, representing my brand as well as serving as the face for other organizations. I can’t afford to look frumpy.
Buying new clothes has long been a necessity—that turned in to an addiction-—and then a real problem. When it got to the point that that I couldn’t squeeze one more thing into my closet yet still found myself each morning staring into the vast array of garments and saying to myself, “I have nothing to wear,” I knew I needed some intervention. In September 2010, I imposed a moratorium: no new clothes buying for one year. Just like any other addiction, I went through painful withdrawals and near failures to my cause. Thankfully, after just a couple of months, my resolve stuck and I could actually walk by my favorite clothes stores with nary a glance. I observed this quest for exactly one year with only one minor slip (a top from H&M that my daughter wanted both of us to have).
What this little exercise did for me was:
A. Save money
B. Save time
C. Break my clothes buying frenzy
D. Force me to wear what I already owned
E. Take inventory, clean out and donate to charity things I
really would never wear again
E. Prove to myself my inner strength was alive and well
(Come to think of it, my results sounded a lot like an Earth Day pledge: Reuse, Renew, Recycle)
Now, nineteen months later, I have to admit, I am back to buying a new piece of clothing now and then; just not as intense as before. I think three times before purchasing and decide what in my closet I am going to get rid of and donate first, before I settle on any new purchase. Another way I’ve changed is that instead of risking an expenditure on a whole new outfit, I prefer to solve my updating dilemma by purchasing accessories. Same effect but without the big commitment.
I’ve noticed that different friends have different accessory preferences. Purses, necklaces and earrings are some items that delight many of my pals. Ericka S. loves rings. Deena A. and Mary Ann C. are overcome with shoes. Deena has over 50 pairs and Mary has been to known to own over 100 pairs. What is my go to accessory? Watches. I love watches. I love how they accentuate a beautiful wrist. I love how they vary in size, shape, color, and texture. And I especially love how they are useful and productive — not just a fashion statement. Currently I own and wear 16 watches (not at the same time, however).
Here are my two most recent purchases, bought in Dallas, Texas at an accessory heaven: Sam Moon ( a supermarket sized import extravaganza that can accommodate anyone’s accessory fetish):
Staying fresh, updated, and current has many benefits — both intrinsically and extrinsically. It encourages confidence, trust, and openness. And thankfully, doesn’t have to break the bank.
What is your favorite way to accessorize?