HOW TO SHOP YOUR OWN CLOSET EFFECTIVELY…

wedding guest outfits2018 has definitely been a wedding season in my community. All the youngsters (below 26yrs) are getting married. It got me feeling all kinds of old and questioning my life. Ha!! I mean what a gurl gotta do to get a damn good man compatible for her. Lol!! Anyway…on the more serious note, I love attending wedding, but even for me, I had to skip some because I got tired of attending a wedding every one to two months. The pressure and hustle of finding something new to wear each occasion just got to me. ‘New’ doesn’t necessarily mean buying something new, but just going through the closet to dig out something I haven’t worn for awhile.

Having said that, I had to visit my closet for this particular wedding. With dress-code being red, I had no struggle finding a dress because my closet is a bloody red (it is my favourite colour) zone. I’ve had this asos dress for over five years and worn it only once. I am getting back into the habit of shopping ‘new’ outfit in my own closet by finding pieces that haven’t been worn for a long time and giving them a fresh face by styling them differently or through alteration. It’s one of greatest way to save our beautiful planet as well as save you some coins. Shopping your closet enables you to tap into your creative side.

Below are some easy tips on how to shop your closet effectively.

  • If possible, organize your closet according to colours. This makes it easier for you to select and decide when styling.
  • Going back to saving the planet, if there’re things in your closet that don’t match your fly any more, donate, gift or sell them. This will make your closet lighter which will in turn make it so much easier. I also find that the less you have, the less time and struggle you’ve when styling.
  • Make use of social media platforms for styling ideas when stuck. Don’t forget to have fun with it. Mix and match and experiment with colours.
  • On a day where you’re off, play dress up in front of the mirror. Create and document any style ideas. This will help when time comes to dress up.

Got any more tips? Please share and thank you always.

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Wishing you all a blessed week ahead.

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Much Love!

DANKE…

119 Comments

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      Thanks much Sophia.
      Good to hear that.

  1. November 5, 2018 / 2:05 am

    So awesome that you got to go to some weddings. I love playing dress up in front of the mirror!
    Loving this bright number!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      Yeah and good to hear that.
      Thank you!

  2. November 5, 2018 / 4:58 am

    Great tips. My problem is no weddings to attend. LOL.

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      Thanks sis!! Hahahaa…

  3. polarbearstyle
    November 5, 2018 / 5:50 am

    I love restyling old pieces in new ways. Your tips for this are wonderful. Instead of documenting my pre-planned outfits, I actually just hang all the pieces together so I have complete outfits ready to go when I need them.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:40 pm

      Good to hear that Kathrin. Wonderful and definitely a good one. Thank you for adding to the topic.

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks Nicky πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      There sure is Kathrine. Good to hear that and thanks much.

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:29 pm

      Thanks much Quinn and good to hear that.

  4. jenniferpickering22gmailcom
    November 5, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    These are all such great tips!! You look stunning in that dress!

    jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:25 pm

      Thank you Jennifer.

  5. November 5, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Super tips lovely!! You look amazing. I go shopping in my closet a lot, haha!! Hope you have a fantastic new week πŸ™‚ x

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:28 pm

      Good to hear that Kizzy dear. Wonderful! Thanks much and have a great week too. πŸ™‚

  6. November 5, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Thank you for the tips my dear! I am due for a closet reorganization. I keep going through it lately and rediscovering pieces that I completely forgot about haha.

    -Didier
    http://www.didieryhc.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      My pleasure my dear Didier. That makes the two of us. Ha!!
      Thank you πŸ™‚

  7. November 5, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    amazing style! you look beautyfull πŸ™‚
    kisses from Poland :*

  8. November 5, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    You look so gorgeous, my beautiful Mavis! This dress hugs your curves so perfectly. You gave some great tips on shopping your closet for “new” looks. You could also take pics of new outfits you create while they are fresh in your mind. Have a wonderful week! πŸ™‚

    http://lizzyslatest.com/

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Thank you my beautiful Lizzy. Good to hear that and appreciate the extra tip. Most definitely! πŸ™‚

  9. November 5, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    This dress shows your glass hour figure perfectly! It really is a lovely dress and you have styled it so well. You look beautiful, feminine and elegant.

    I’m a big fan of shopping my closet. Maybe it is because I hate malls? I think I have some kind of allergy, I always feel sick in shops or malls- I think it might have something to do with those industrial room perfumes. Anyhow, I’m all for shopping our closets.

    I definitely agree with your tip of trying on clothes and taking photos when we have time. Planning future outfits can be a lot of fun.

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      Thanks ever so much Ivana.
      Good to hear that. Oh wow!! Interesting! I shop more online that in store. I just can’t seem to find anything when I enter shops. Lol!!
      Wonderful!! Appreciated much!

  10. Jodie
    November 5, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    I totally do this by organizing by color. I think it’s the only way to keep things straight.
    And playing around is SO important. I realize it takes extra time, but it really saves time in the long run!! You never know until you try certain combinations!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:33 pm

      Awesome and good to hear that. Couldn’t agree more.
      I know right!! It sure does indeed Jodie.
      True that!!
      Thanks much πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks and good to hear that. πŸ™‚

  11. November 6, 2018 / 1:29 am

    Hahahha OMG this made me LOL. My head would explode if I had to go to that many weddings. It can be stressful and expensive. Hence shopping your own closet. Another tip wear black people will notice less if you are wearing the same thing. I learned this growing up as we had no money. And then accessorize it differently. Works like a charm.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      Hahaha… I know right Allie!! My bank account was pleading for help. Lol!! Oh this is a great tip and definitely taking that into account.
      Thanks much for adding to the topic. Appreciated!

  12. November 6, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Oh, girl I feel your pain regarding men and attending other people’s weddings, ha! I guess the best things are worth waiting for, right? πŸ˜‰ I really like this dress on you! I do not have much red in my wardrobe, but really need to find my perfect red dress too! xx

    Naya
    http://www.partyparrotblog.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      Ha!! Yeah they sure are. πŸ™‚ Good to hear that and hope you find one too. Thanks much Naya. πŸ™‚

  13. November 6, 2018 / 8:35 am

    Hey Missy. You looking good in red! And yes, I’ve seen all your wedding videos on your Insta stories! But honestly you make a good point about saving money and the environment. Thank you for sharing.

    Madeline
    http://www.madelinewilsonojo.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      Thanks much Madeline. Appreciate the contribution.

  14. voguefauxreal
    November 6, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    Oh my goodness…so true! I need to go through my closet and do a cleanout but I always want something 2 months after I’ve decided I haven’t used it in 2 years and won’t ever. And I’m the worst about shopping my closet. Pinned this one to Pinterest!

    http://www.voguefauxreal.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks much Ruth. Oh wow!! I was as well, but gradually getting there. Good to hear that you’ve pinned this. Hope you get there too.
      Appreciated!

  15. Rach DiMare
    November 6, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Wow I can’t believe you had wedding every month! That is a lot! So glad you kept this red dress because it is stunning! And your tip on color coding your closet is so spot on. It has helped me a lot!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:37 pm

      I know right!! Ridiculous!! Thanks much Rach and good to hear that.

  16. November 6, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    I have the habit of cleaning up the cupboard and playing dress up every single month, its kind of ritual now.
    http://www.stylebasket.in

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:35 pm

      Every single month? Wow kudos to you!! Thanks for the contribution Priya.

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you Gemma. Yeah and likewise.

  17. November 6, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Ace tips, lady- so key for shopping your own closet! And you look absolutely KILLER in this dress!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 4:34 pm

      Thanks much beautiful. πŸ™‚

  18. Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    November 6, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Just love this color on you and the lace hem! I always arrange my clothes by color, it really helps me to find a particular item quickly.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Good to hear that Carrie. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

  19. iamperlita
    November 6, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    You are looking like a snacky snack hun πŸ˜‰ I love weddings too and I can’t believe there were so many you had to attend! Lol.I need to coordinate my dresses by color. I used to have them by style, but I think color works best. Have a wonderful week!

    -PerlaGiselle | iamperlita.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Ha!! Thanks much Perla dear! I know right? Oh yeah colour works well.
      Have a great week too. πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Good to hear that Marcia. That’s awesome and thanks much. πŸ™‚

  20. November 6, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    Organising one’s closet by colour is a great idea!
    That lace-trimmed red dress is very pretty, and you look fabulous rocking it!

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      It sure is indeed!
      Good to hear that and thanks ever so much.

  21. November 6, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    Your tips are very good and you look perfect in your wonderful outfit! The colours suits you absolutely dear Missy May. I photograph each outfit I wear and I have a collection of pictures with outfits of other women I like on my phone πŸ™‚
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 6:18 pm

      Thanks ever so much Rena. Good to hear that. That is wonderful. πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Good to hear that Chiara. Thank you and have a great day too.

  22. Gabrielle
    November 7, 2018 / 12:40 am

    Love your suggestion of playing dress up in the mirror every once in a while! You look SO gorgeous in this red dress and I’ve no doubt someone very, very special is waiting out there for you as you’re so special – my fingers are crossed for you to meet him very soon! πŸ™‚

    aglassofice.com x

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 6:14 pm

      Thanks ever so much Gabrielle and good to hear that. Amen and can’t wait to meet him soon. πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 5:58 pm

      Good to hear that Alexandra. Thank you! πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks much Ann. Appreciated!

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      Thanks much Wendee.

  23. November 7, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    This is such a great article! I love recycling pieces while creating new looks. Organization is totally key. You look stunning here! XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      Good to hear that Ellese. Wonderful! It sure is!
      Thanks much! πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 6:14 pm

      Good to hear that Vanessa. Couldn’t agree more with you.
      Thanks ever so much. πŸ™‚

  24. Paola Lauretano
    November 7, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Restyling old pieces is always a good idea! You look fab Miss!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Sure is Paola! Thanks much! Hug!

  25. photosbycris
    November 8, 2018 / 12:43 am

    I love weddings too Nothing like finding the perfect dress in your own closet I do that all the time because I keep my clothes I love them and I wear them over and over again I have clothes that I have not worn for years and they come out on special occasions and everybody thinks they are new lol Love your outfit You look stunning xoxo Cris
    http://photosbycris.blogspot.com/2018/11/rosegal-new-arrivals-and-super-sale.html

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 6:20 pm

      Good to hear that Cris. That’s the way to go. Thanks ever so much. πŸ™‚

  26. jane
    November 8, 2018 / 6:30 am

    You look gorgeous in red babe.
    So hot momma πŸ™‚

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks much beautiful!
      Ha!! Appreciated! πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Ha!! You sure should Francesca. Thanks much!

  27. November 8, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    All you have to do is pray sis. He is in store for you. I love that red a lot. And I love the idea of wearing red to a wedding. You look gorgeous!

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      I’m on it sis. Amen! Thanks ever so much.

  28. November 8, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    Could not agree with you more on all the tips that you shared. I am glad to say that I do all of those. My friends and I also shop each others closets πŸ™‚ You look amazing in this dress and that color is so stunning on you. Hope you had fun at the wedding.

    Xx
    Nikki
    http://www.nikkilivinglife.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Awesome and good to hear that sis. Oh that sounds great! Wish I had a friend that wore the same size as me so we can do the same.
      Thanks ever so much. The wedding was fun. πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 9, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      I am definitely glad too Mica. Thanks much! πŸ™‚
      The week has been hella stressful, but I’m grateful its weekend now. How was yours? πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 9, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you Laura. πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 9, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      Good to hear that Sophie. Thank you!

  29. November 9, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    You look lovely dear and I use most of the tips you’ve shared, especially the social media one.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 9, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks much dear and good to hear that. πŸ™‚

  30. hellohilloryrenkema
    November 10, 2018 / 2:27 am

    Absolutely love this idea! I always forget what clothes I have in my closet, so this is a great idea!!

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 11, 2018 / 4:24 pm

      Good to hear that Hillory. I can definitely relate! Thanks much! πŸ™‚

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 11, 2018 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you Jess dear.

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 11, 2018 / 4:24 pm

      My pleasure and good to hear that Chelshea.
      Thanks ever so much. πŸ™‚

  31. November 10, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    Awesome and very useful styling tips you shared! Fast fashion makes people forget what one is supposed to invest in, leading in regretful shopping sprees and piles of clothing they get easily tired of. Gifting is not only kind, but also a great way to make room for better garments. πŸ™‚

    http://www.couture-case.com

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 11, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      I couldn’t agree more with you Jelena. True that! Thanks much for adding to the topic. πŸ™‚

  32. November 11, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    My closet is a mess. I generally have things in certain sections, but it’s a mess. Thanks for these tips!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 11, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      You’re not alone Lorna. Ha!! My pleasure and thank you.

    • Missy May
      Author
      November 12, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks Sophie and good to hear that.

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