You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning stare at your closet and you just draw blank? You have so many clothes, but it seems as if everything is old and you’re craving something new?Yesterday, I was putting away freshly laundered clothes and I was amazed by the amount of clothing I have. Still, so often I stand in front of my closet in some measure of despair:
“I have nothing to wear!!!”
If you’re anything like me, this is a weekly occurrence in your life.
Well, despair no more my fellow fashionistas! I found one simple exercise that can help solve this problem or at least help extend your wardrobe and be creative with your clothing without having to buy new items every week. So what is this brilliant solution? Well, it’s easy really: Find ways to use items for something other than what they were meant for! I call it creative styling. Simply take items one by one out of your wardrobe and really take your time and write down a list of all the different ways you can wear that single piece. can it be bunched up or folded and used as a belt? Is the neck wide enough to wear around your waist as a skirt? Once you have your list for every item, see what you can combine into a nice look. Tip: belts are a must have in creative styling, so invest in an array of different belts.
Applying academics to fashion
As an innovation management graduate, I learned about the idea of functional fixedness. It simply means that we tend to get stuck in seeing an item only for one purpose or function, while it could be used for so much more if only you would think outside the box. -side note: never thought I’d apply academics to fashion-. Often times creative styling ideas are born out of necessity. In my case, the idea to use a dress as a skirt came when I forgot to bring a skirt to my vacation to Marrakech last year. Since I had an off-the shoulder-dress I decided to use that and a broad belt to create a makeshift skirt for myself. Let’s just say, it was such a success, that I will never look at a dress the same again.
I decided to try it again, but this time with this Zara maxi dress that I bought on sale last year! All you need is a dress with a wide enough neckline that you can wear around your waist. Fold in the neckline and use a broad belt to give it a nice and clean finish. Really, it’s such an easy and fun way to use your wardrobe. Instead of giving stuff away, find new ways to use them. If I can do it you can too!
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- A coat/jacket belt as a hair band or choker – See Shirley B Eniang’s post and video on Easy every day Makeup for an example.
- An oversized T-shirt as a skirt
- A long necklace as a statement hair piece
What are other ways in which you break functional fixedness with your styling? Let me know below in the comments.