I'm in that time of my life where all my husband's and my friends are getting married and having babies. It's one of the most joyous and celebratory moments of our lives, filled with pure love and happiness!
But it's also the most expensive. Because all that love and celebration calls for events with different outfits and endless photo opportunities. After all, who wants to be caught in the same outfit twice when it's so easy to spot on Facebook or Instagram?
So what are you supposed to do when you've de-cluttered your closet and want to live with a minimalist wardrobe made up of the staples? Here's what I did to look fabulous and feel confident at every celebratory event, all the while ensuring my closet remained clutter-free!
Sell, Then Shop, on Consignment
After I finished the last complete purge of my closet, I took several items to a consignment store. What I love best about consignment shops, is that if you use the money earned from consigning your items as store credit, the shop will give you more to spend in-store than if you walked out with the cash. So, in my case, the shop I sold most of my items to was willing to give me $40 in cash or $50 (that's 25% more!) in store credit. Since I needed a dress anyway for a wedding, I opted for the store credit.
Luckily for me, i found the perfect dress! It was a simple navy dress that I loved enough to wear more than once, which is true success! I also found a super cute dress that I thought was perfect to wear to a baby shower with heels or with a pair of Birkenstocks for a day of errands. Options, another win!
In the end, I was able to buy both dresses and a pair of jeans for $20. Total. I wanted to spend only what I made, but I also realized that these are versatile pieces that I will wear over and over again. I am giving these pieces another life and keeping them out of a landfill. So I felt good about my shopping choices and looked super cute, too, I might add!
Rent an Outfit
Several fashion websites will let you rent runway-worthy, designer dresses at a hugely discounted price. Even better, you don't have to clean them, just ship them back when you're done!
The process is incredibly simple; browse and pick the perfect dress for your occasion (so you still get to feel the "thrill" of shopping), choose your weekend and pre-pay. You'll receive the dress in the mail with a prepaid return shipping label. Just pop it on and wear it to your event!
It's important to remember, however, that when you shop, make sure to read the reviews for opinions on fit and material. Look at the photos other people have posted of themselves in the dress so you know exactly what you are getting. The more information to look good, the better! And, of course, take good care of the dress. If you return it with damages (rips, tears, stains), you will be charged either an extra cleaning fee or the full price of the dress.
Renting is a favorite option of mine because, if you are like me, you get giddy with the "newness" of a dress. This will fulfill that need without costing you as much money and space. Especially since we know that extra pieces in your closet rarely bring you happiness.
Find a Flexible, Go-To Outfit
This is probably the first year that I don't feel as if I have to buy a new outfit for each occasion, and my husband couldn’t be any happier!! Why did I feel the need to buy a new outfit for each event when my closet was full of clothing that didn't bring me joy? There were so many pieces that made me feel good in the moment, but not much longer after. I hardly had any pieces that I was willing to wear more than once. Truthfully, the newness of the clothing was what made me feel good – not that actual piece of clothing.
So, throughout my last closet purge, I didn't really have any wedding-worthy clothing, and I knew I needed something. Instead of buying something that would fit for one occasion, I decided to buy a piece that I could wear to multiple occasions instead of just one. A dress that would work with different kinds of jewelry styles, heels, sweaters, cardigans, wraps - you name it - made it feel like a new outfit each time, but without clogging up my closet.
Finding a dress to re-wear several times because you truly love it can be an even bigger stress relief. You won't have to spend countless hours going from store to store, trying a ton of different outfits, all the while stressing over time constraints. Instead, you'll only have to worry about making sure that your dress is clean. Which to me, anything that alleviates stress and time is equivalent to pure gold!