How to Shop Your Closet: Create New Looks With Existing Wardrobe

Hi Everyone,

One thing many of us are guilty of is never wearing our clothes to the full. New trends pop up and the urge is there to instantly buy a new outfit. Our cupboards get fuller and fuller and we still have the feeling of having nothing to wear.

In this post I’ll be discussing ways you can get more out of the clothes you already own and still be dressed in up to the minute outfits. The pictures in this post of a skirt I got last year and top I got two years ago. Shoes and bag are new from this season. I would never have worn this look before but felt it was perfect for Spring 2019.

Keep reading to find out 5 of my personal tips on how to shop your closet: create new looks with existing wardrobe.


How to Shop Your Closet: Create New Looks With Existing Wardrobe

There are easy tricks to making more out of your existing wardrobe. I have found them to be so useful especially since working as an Influencer. You can imagine it might get tough to come up with a different outfit each day and not continuously buy new things.

It might not seem like it but I promise if you look carefully you will find the same items worn time and time again, year after year on my instagram account. The only difference is how I wear them.

Of course it takes time and effort to come up with new looks using what you have but in the end it is worth it.

How to Shop Your Closet: Create New Looks With What You Own

Gather Inspiration

The first thing I do pre season start is to gather inspiration.

You can start by checking out your favourite Instagrammer’s, Pinterest and Print magazines. Go through the stores with the intention of NOT buying a thing. Watch what people around you or in the streets are wearing.

One of my favourite games is to see how many people I can spot on the streets whose outfits I would like to wear – smile! Then I go home and try to replicate the same outfit out of what I already own.

How to Shop Your Closet: Create New Looks With existing Wardrobe

Implementing the rule of trying new combinations.

Another game is to not let myself wear a combination that I have worn before.

Sometimes this results in time spent in front of the mirror trying on several different combinations until one looks right. It’s best to do this when you have time in the evening or at weekends so you are prepared for the mornings to come.

How to Shop Your Closet: Create New Looks With existing Wardrobe

Play with accessories.

Wearing an existing combination with new accessories also gives an outfit a totally new look.

For example imagine how different this would look if I teamed it with yellow shoes and bag! Alternatively adding statement jewellery will also give a total new appearance!

How to Shop Your Closet: Create New Looks With existing Wardrobe

Break the rules

Wear the dress you wore to your friends wedding with sneakers during the day. Take one of your favourite everyday outfits and team it up with a blazer and pumps to wear out.

Sometimes these unusual combinations can look even better than what you originally bought an outfit for. I love dressing pretty dresses down and wearing them during the day.

How to Shop Your Closet: Create New Looks With existing Wardrobe

Cross Seasons

Wear your summer skirts and dresses in Winter – this can be a great look. Alternatively some of your Winter items can also be combined to create new Spring and Autumn looks. As an example try wearing knit with silk.


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Wishing you fun making more out of what you own!

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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

  1. Love the tips Yvonne. What I often do is just wear the same favourite items again and again. OK, not that often on the blog, but definitely in real life. I mean, when you’re happy with something, enjoy it. Better for the environment too. I love how you use your creativity to be sustainably stylish. I especially like you little game of not wearing the same combo twice. Quite challenging I assume! Love, Lieske

  2. Thank you for your thoughts… That’s exactly what we need for a more sustainable and responsible way to enjoy fashion and be creative! Keep it up!

  3. I love shopping and shopping in my closet. Lately I’ve been playing with friend and fellow Image Consultant @brendakinsel dressing down some of my elegant jackets for street wear. It’s been so much fun doubling my wardrobe. Thanks for the tips. @sheilamerle1

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