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I'm sure we all experience moments where we get sick of our own wardrobe and are left feeling uninspired. While I am totally one to re-wear outfits, sometimes I just want to wear something new without having to spend money each time. Faced with this dilemma, I thought it'd be fun to do a "Raiding My..." series where I curate outfits from other people's closets. Plus, I wanted to show ya'll that you can create a look anytime/anywhere, even if you aren't feeling your own clothes. To start off the series, I chose to raid my mom's closet. After sorting through her collection, I think I created a look that's very indicative of what I would actually wear and feel confident in!
TIP 1: Start Off With Something Familiar
I'm assuming that if you're borrowing clothes from someone, you'd know them personally (haha) and have at least a slight idea of their personal style. Even with this in mind, you never know what you're going to find until you actually step into their closet. Their style can be totally different from your's, so start off with something that looks familiar to what you would find in your own closet. I chose these navy flowy pants because they're in my comfort zone. I own a lot of them and I love how comfortable they are. I also loved the navy color because I knew it could be versatile with many different types of tops and accessories, i.e. the dark shade of the top and the black belt with silver ring detail.
TIP 2: Get Creative & Repurpose Items
If you can't find a top or bottom to match the staple item you found initially, this is where you need to exercise your creativity. This patterned halter top is actually a dress that stops right above the knee, but I chose to tuck it into the pants and start its new life as a flowy top. You can do this with so many items, like buttoning up a cardigan and wearing it as a shirt or sweater. Or you can layer a t-shirt under a strappy tank to create a different type of top. The possibilities are endless!
TIP 3: Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
I know I stated previously to start off with something you know, but I say that because you should also take risks at the same time! Giving yourself that security blanket is a helpful starting point (i.e. my choice for flowy pants), but you might never come up with a look that you're satisfied with if you continue to stay in your safe spot. I was hesitant at first about the yellow purse, but the more I wore the bag and examined it in the mirror with the pants and "top", it grew on me. I learned that some things just take time to marinate in the brain because you're not used to how it looks on you. Don't throw away an idea just because it's new...embrace taking a leap and incorporating new items into your look. As uncomfortable it might seem, that's what makes playing around in another person's closet super fun and rewarding!
TIP 4: Have Fun!
The whole point of visiting someone else's closet is because you're essentially bored of your own. But, it can be a little challenging to create a look that's also authentic to you since that particular person might not have the same style, accessories and preferences as you do. Even with this challenge, remember not to cut out the fun aspect of the entire process! At the end of the day, personal style can serve as a reflection of your mood, and as a creative outlet to express yourself for that day. Don't get caught up in making it perfect. Learn to roll with the punches and make the best of the options you've got!
I had a lot of fun putting this look together and I feel like I really exercised my creative side during this process. I hope these tips sparked an interest in you to try expanding your style in different ways, too! If you like any of the items I wore in this look, I linked a bunch of similar options for you below. For an even better shopping experience, you can download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app and follow me at “vivianhna” to shop all the styles I post on Instagram and the blog! If the app isn't your thing, you can always click the "Shop My Style" tab on the main menu or Subscribe!
Let me know in the comments section below who's closet you'd want to "raid". I'd love to know so let's chat! 😉
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Photography: Nichanh Nicole Photography