Fashion. Is. Self-care. Scream it from the rooftops, whisper it in your dog’s ear, write it in a journal. Do whatever you need to do to internalize the idea that the clothing you put on your body is just as important as your other health and wellness self-care practices. Fashion self-care has become one of the most important movements stemming from COVID-19, and we are all about it. It’s the therapy we all need and deserve.
Just by being mindful about the clothes you wear – even when working from home – you can improve your confidence, boost your self-esteem, enhance joy, and minimize anxieties and stresses. What is fashion self-care and how can you start showing yourself some love through your clothing?
“You decide what you are, what you want to express, by the way you dress.” – Gianni Versace
How is fashion self-care?
How can fashion be considered self-care? We’ve previously discussed how clothing impacts your psychology. Looking good makes you feel good, and the colors and styles you put on can actually shape how you feel while wearing it.
When you dress down in sweats or PJs, you’re subconsciously telling your brain that today’s not worth dressing up for. You’re undervaluing your day, so you’re less likely to be productive. In reverse, if you decide to dress up, your brain says that today is a great day to get stuff done, to be a powerhouse, to feel confident. You’re telling yourself that you deserve fashion.
You’ve probably experienced this before. You put on your favorite dress and you instantly feel like dancing? Or you throw on a string of pearls and your mood elevates. For me, whenever I put on animal prints, I know I’m about to have a fierce day. That’s because we dress for the type of event we’re going to–but what if, instead, we dressed for the type of mental event we want to have?
“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” – Edith Head
It’s not just our opinion, either. Fashion psychology is a real study and practice. Fashion psychologists pair science with fashion to create therapeutic tools through fashion. They look at how a client’s perception of herself impacts her wardrobe, and vice versa: how a few changes to their style can change the way the client views herself.
Fashion therapists create a safe space for people to work out their thoughts, feelings, and motivations. They then work together to create a personal style that can transform the individual’s mental outlook and emotional wellbeing. The goal is to put together looks that value who you are as a uniquely beautiful individual.
Note: Fashion therapy isn’t the same as retail therapy. Retail therapy is the act of buying clothing to make yourself feel better (and it may or may not actually make you feel better). Fashion therapy is the process of putting together an outfit that best reflects and enhances your mental and emotional state.
How can you use your closet for fashion self-care?
Self-care is definitely not about spreading yourself thin. So you don’t need to go out and completely change up your style or wardrobe to focus on fashion self-care. We’ll give you some tips and tricks to leverage what you already have in your closet and to find designer steals by shopping consignment to take your look up one more notch.
You don’t need a fashion therapist to get started with fashion self-care—but you can do a Google search to see if there are any in your area, if you’re interested!
1. Plan outfits the night before.
Set out a gorgeous, bold outfit the night before. That way, you’re ready to take on the day without “wasting time” picking out an outfit that morning. You can throw on your best look and jump right into a productive day!
2. Match your makeup to your outfit.
Throw eyeshadow on that’s a similar shade to your shirt for a stunningly monochromatic look. This little detail can have a huge impact on your mental and physical composure. You don’t need a full face, just a little touch of color to make you feel a little more put-together. A red lip always turns it up a notch for me!
3. Try it out for yourself to feel the difference.
In the morning, wear only sweats or your “cozy” clothes. In the afternoon, throw on your best dress and some makeup. When are you more productive, energized, and confident? Which outfit makes you happier? Finding the outfits that you look and feel best in can help direct your wardrobe style.
4. Buy quality clothes.
High-value clothes look and feel better on. They’re more flattering, they have healthier materials (for you and the environment), and they will instantly dress up your look. Even a white tee feels different when it’s made from quality materials with a great cut, compared to a fast fashion T-shirt. Quality clothes will make you feel like a fashion self-care influencer!
5. Buy quality clothes… without breaking the bank.
We all know that killing our budgets isn’t going to make us feel good. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to get designer clothing that’s actually affordable. “Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” (Bo Derek) Consignment shops sell pre-loved designer clothing at a fraction of the price, while retaining the quality and style that we look for in luxury pieces. There’s a reason preloved fashion is the hottest craze, and getting even hotter since COVID-19: you can buy the most stunning pieces while staying within your 2020 budget!
You’re a conscientious consumer, so buying fast fashion (knowing that it damages the environment in a hundred ways) probably isn’t making you feel any better. Opt for secondhand clothing that gives renewed life to pieces and when possible, choose eco-friendly clothing materials that do a lot less damage to the environment. Fewer chemicals on your clothing means it’s better for your physical health, and doing less harm to the environment will be good for your mental health too.
Better yet, get rid of anything that doesn’t fall in the category of “favorite clothing.” You want to feel joy when you look at every piece in your wardrobe. We have an article specifically for your quarantine closet cleanout to make some money and clear our your mental space; it’s a great way to get started with fashion therapy!
8. Don’t forget the shoes.
As Bette Midler said, “I firmly believe that with the right footwear, one can rule the world.” Or to quote Christian Dior, “The real proof of an elegant woman is what’s on her feet.” If you’re all about jeans and a white tee, just throwing on the right pair of heels can instantly elevate your casual look to a whole new level. Heels lift you—physically and emotionally! Seriously, the right pair of shoes can completely change the look and feel of your outfit–and your headspace.
9. Stop saying you’re not “into” fashion.
If you put clothes on, you’re into fashion! “Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it.” (Diane von Furstenberg) Fashion isn’t about trends or what’s “hot,” it’s about wearing clothes that you feel proud to be in. Get started figuring out what you love most with this personal style quiz.
10. Try out different outfits and styles.
You know what’s great about all the coronavirus situation? There’s more time at home to try new looks and styles without pressure. You can show off on Zoom to your girlfriends or at a work meeting without committing to an entire day in the outfit. If you feel great, you’ve got a new look! If not, there’s always tomorrow to try again. You have to be bold and daring to figure out what you look and feel best in. Take note of what you like most—it says something about your unique personality!
Our biggest fashion self-care tip? Dress up! If your brain thinks it’s important enough to dress up, you’ll be more focused, have higher confidence, and you’ll feel absolutely unstoppable! Even if you’re working from home, feeling chic translates into a positive emotional response as well! Start shopping for your dressed-up looks without breaking your budget with Current Boutique’s pre-loved gems!
Are YOU into fashion self-care? How are you taking care of yourself this 2020?
What’s been the COVID-19 fashion impact? COVID-19 has impacted every area of our lives—even our closets! Fashion is always influenced after major events, like the Great Depression or a war. During a global pandemic, we’re once again seeing a hefty shift in American fashion ideals. People are working from home more, the economy is still trying to recover, and we’re all trying to stay motivated and look chic with all the uncertainty surrounding us.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways the pandemic is reshaping the fashion industry for 2020 and beyond.
There’s a return to the “basics.”
The biggest shift we’re seeing is a desire to get back to the core basics of fashion. Money is tight for a lot of us, so we’re looking for more evergreen and everlasting styles. Neutrals, plain T-shirts, and classic cut jeans keep the wardrobe simple and high-value for years to come.
We’re finding that a lot of fashion brands have started stocking up on more beige, white, and black pieces compared to trendy colors as well. This is because consumers are looking for basics, and companies are looking for inventory that can hold its value over time in case it doesn’t sell right away. Fashion brands aren’t selling inventory at the rate they typically do since the COVID-19 shutdowns, so stocking more timeless pieces is a great risk management strategy—for brands and consumers alike!
Simple aesthetic is becoming the biggest fashion trend now. The biggest COVID-19 fashion impact is a collective preference towards minimalism, sustainability, and high quality.
Fast fashion isn’t as popular as investment pieces.
As trends become less trendy, fast fashion is also becoming less common. Brands that are known for their seasonal pieces are struggling, while more classic designers are seeing an upswing in demand. So, where is this shift coming from?
First, fast fashion is seasonal. Since we don’t know which season we’ll be allowed to make consistent appearances in the world like “normal,” these kind of trendy pieces don’t seem as important to have in the closet. It’s still fun to be chic at home of course, but the idea of “trends” are inherently outward.
Second, fast fashion is bad for your budget. You’re essentially throwing money out the window each season on trends that only last a few months. Investment pieces look and feel great for years to come, saving money in the long-run. Since people have been more budget-conscious since the lockdowns, there’s a stronger emphasis on price-conscious and high-value items.
Third, fast fashion is bad for the environment. We’ve all been seeing how nature started to blossom after just a few weeks without human intervention. Consumers are growing more conscious and conscientious, so sustainable fashion is really paving the way for the future of the fashion industry.
Finally, women are beginning to care more and more about how clothes look and feel on them as an individual. Body acceptance and self-love has blossomed in 2020—which is incredible! It’s less about trying to “fit in” with the crowd and more about finding evergreen pieces that look stunning on you and accentuating your best features.
Buying secondhand is all the rage.
Shopping consignment is another major impact that stems from the movement towards quality, investment pieces. When you buy secondhand, you can get high-quality, designer pieces at a fraction of the price. That’s really, really good for your budget! Plus, you’re giving a renewed life to clothing pieces, which is great for the environment as well.
A lot of women also talk about how much they love shopping secondhand. You can get timeless or trendy pieces that are rare or hard to come by. They’re styles unlike anything else out on the market right now. So, you get the thrill of shopping for unique items that speak directly to you and your style, not just the “style of the times.” You’re shopping for you. This is an unexpected and really cool COVID-19 fashion impact!
Consignment shops aren’t just a great option for buying clothes. They’re also an awesome way to make some money on your own pre-loved gems. During quarantine, a lot of women, like you, decided to clean out their closets and focus only on items that bring them joy and make them look/feel gorgeous. We’ve seen a lot of sales coming in, and we love the influx of stunning pieces we’ve been getting as you go through your closet!
What to do with the clothes you don’t want to keep anymore? Don’t throw them away and add to the environment-killing textile problem across the globe. Sell them to consignment stores and make some extra cash. De-clutter and get paid, what’s better?
If you haven’t done your quarantine closet cleanout, you’ll absolutely love the way it feels for your mind, body, and budget—trust us!
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Work from home clothes are getting dressier.
(That’s a cool and unexpected COVID-19 fashion impact.)
Working in your PJs was fun in March and April, but now it’s getting old. People are even growing sick of athleisure. We still want comfy WFH clothes, but most of us are eager to start dressing up again. We refer to it as “sweats fatigue,” and it’s hitting hard for even those of us who used to love the idea of working in our loungewear.
The hottest trend right now is the one-step-above-pajamas look. We like to call this COVID-19 fashion impact the “Zoom Call Chic” trend! We’re all still prioritizing comfortable clothing, but we want to look good too. That’s because looking good impacts our psychology and makes us happier, healthier, and more productive. We’re seeing a lot of wrap dresses, caftans, linen blouses, and wide-leg jeans especially.
In the 1940s, following the Great Depression, “Make Do and Mend” was the official fashion slogan of the times. That’s because fabric was hard to come by and very expensive. In fact, to save money women actually upcycled cotton flour sacks into dresses; so food companies started to print patterns on their food bags to encourage people to buy their products over their competitors!
We’re not making clothes out of potato sacks yet, but the idea of DIY fashion is definitely coming back during our post COVID-19 life as well. People are on a budget and they have more time to learn how to fix clothing at home, so we’re seeing a lot of revitalized clothing pieces. Check out our 10 DIY Projects to Revamp Your Clothes + Closet if you want to save money, reduce waste, and show some love to your clothing!
Dry-clean-only is out.
People are washing their clothes more frequently to keep them sanitary and healthy. We still don’t know just how COVID-19 is spread, so it’s not worth taking a risk re-wearing the same clothes without washing. Thus, gone are the days of dry-clean only clothes. If it’s not easy and simple to get your clothes clean, people probably aren’t going to buy or wear it anymore.
That’s also why we’re seeing an influx of natural materials like cotton, linen, and washable silk and merino wool on the market. These are the easiest clothing materials to clean and sanitize in the wash without a major impact on the color, look, and texture of the fabric. Fabrics that shrink and stain easily, especially synthetic fabrics, are quickly losing favor in the market.
Subscription-based clothing is taking a hold on the market.
Subscription clothing boxes have become more commonplace since February. This is likely because they’re a budget-friendly and convenient way to keep your wardrobe updated. Some boxes are only rented clothing, so this cycles clothing and minimizes the impact on the environment (although you need to take shipping impact into account as well). Others just offer new clothing pieces at lower prices, so women can stay more price conscious. You can see the pros and cons of subscription-based clothing services in this article by NBC.
Fashion is more important than ever.
Is anyone else going stir crazy? We’re all eager for the days where we can dress up and go to a restaurant, put on our hot jeans and go to the mall, or even spend girl time at a club or bar! Because of this sentiment, there’s not only a trend upward of comfy-professional clothes but also of dressier investment pieces. That’s because people can’t wait to go out and “dress to impress” when the world opens back up.
There’s a lot of “dream purchasing” going on right now, so we anticipate dressier days on the horizon. Leggings used to be the hot item going out and about, but we expect that people will want to look sharp and dress up even to run some errands once the lockdowns are totally over.
Fashion is a part of who we are—as individuals and as a community. It impacts our motivation, our thoughts, and our feelings. With such uncertainty in the world, we can still be certain of one thing: our closets!
Find the pieces that make you happy.
Don’t be afraid to dress up.
Make purchasing decisions that are right for your budget, style, and the environment.
And of course, browse Current Boutique for trendy + timeless designer investment pieces that will keep you cheerful at home and ready to take the world by storm.
Have you experienced a COVID-19 fashion impact in your life? We’re curious to hear your thoughts!
Time for a quarantine closet cleanout! There’s a lot of uncertainty in our world right now. But one thing we have total control over is how we look and feel. You can choose to wake up, put on a smile, take a shower, put on your best work from home clothes, and make your at-home life look the way you want it to.
We’re going to focus on cleaning out your closet in a way that:
Finds YOUR unique style, so you rock everything you put on
Brings in some extra cash $$$
Makes you LOVE getting dressed in the morning
Increases your confidence (because you know you look awesome in everything you own)
Gives you a little breathing room in your closet
Stimulates the economy (which is definitely a win-win during the quarantine)
Promotes healthy environmental impact
So let’s start cleaning out your closet while we have a little extra time to free up some space in our homes—and in our minds!
Choose a few pieces you absolutely love.
Don’t try to start by throwing away. You won’t get very far, and you won’t feel very good about it. Instead, focus your quarantine closet cleanout energy on those pieces that you absolutely love. Pick out a few items from your closet that you look and feel your best in. These are the pieces you “can’t live without.”
For me, I have a red blouse that creates a stunning silhouette and perfectly matches my skin tone and hair. When I put it on, I feel absolutely unstoppable. It’s my go-to piece when I need a boost of confidence.
Look at the pieces you’ve chosen. What do you love about them? Do you have other pieces like this? Why do you feel so awesome when you wear this? Do these favorite pieces share anything in common?
The goal is to understand what you love, so you can start creating a closet that’s curated entirely to your style and confidence.
Dream up your wardrobe.
What does your dream wardrobe look like? What are the types of clothing it has inside? Is it all designer dresses? Do you have jeans with neutral colored shirts? Is there a lot of neon?
Why does your wardrobe look like this? Are you a creative soul who loves hemp clothing? Are you a fashionista who is always up with the trends? Do you like to keep it simple so you can choose your outfit quickly? Do you want to be a rockstar, so you want a few more leather pieces?
The clothing you wear reflects who you are. There’s a pretty interesting psychology of clothing that says what you wear is what you aspire to be. So the purpose of this “dream wardrobe” exercise is to get an idea of what you really want out from your clothes and accessories. How do you want to feel when you walk into your closet and put on your daily outfits? What do you want your clothes to inspire in you? When you’re getting rid of items during your quarantine closet cleanout, you want to imagine what you’ll replace those items with!
Determine what you look and feel best in.
There are a lot of factors that determine how your clothes will look on you. If they’re the wrong color, size, fit, accentuation, or material, you might not feel as confident as you could. When I put on orange, I feel washed out and boring. If my clothing is too big or the sleeves are too short, I just don’t feel comfortable. If the material is synthetic or itchy, I’ll be tugging at it all day.
But put me in a color I love, a fit that suits my body, and a comfy material… and you will not see the smile leave my face no matter what happens.
So do some experimenting to figure out what you really love to wear and what highlights your unique beauty.
You can take some style quizzes to get an idea, and I’ve listed some helpful and fun resources below:
But ultimately, it’s all about what you feel amazing in. So you’ll have to run your own tests during your quarantine closet cleanout. Throw on your favorite pieces and figure out exactly what it is that you love about them. Then try on your least favorite pieces and pinpoint what makes you feel bleh in them. I recommend even writing down your thoughts, so you can keep track of the colors, styles, pieces, and materials you want more of in your closet.
Only keep the stuff that fits.
No “fat” jeans “in case” are allowed here (unless you wear them for a specific health reason, like endometriosis bloating). No “goal” dresses. Everything in your closet should look and feel amazing right now. Anything you see in your closet should be an option for you to wear. The better your clothes fit, the more likely you’ll wear them. If they don’t fit, you won’t wear them (and you won’t feel good in them), so they’re just a waste of physical and mental space.
If you love something that doesn’t fit you right now for one reason or another, store it away. You can take it back out when the time is right. On the other hand, if something is too big or too small and you don’t absolutely love it and you can’t think of the last time you wore it, toss it in the “to sell” pile.
The exception is maternity clothes. While pregnant, I still recommend storing your non-maternity clothes and having a wardrobe filled with stuff that looks and feels great on your growing-baby body. You want to walk into your closet and feel like you still have total control over what you wear and how you style yourself every day.
Also… Know your measurements. It’s way easier to buy clothes online (especially during a quarantine) when you know exactly what sizes will fit you. Don’t guess based on the letter size you like (S, M, L, XL). Every brand has a different sizing system, so you’ll want to know your measurements so you can find the perfect fit for you.
Ask some quarantine closet cleanout questions.
Let’s start making some piles. We recommend four piles: keep, store, sell, donate. Sell everything that is in good quality that you want to get rid of, and donate anything that you can’t sell on consignment. We’ll discuss this more below.
Go through your closet piece by piece and answer the following questions to see if it’s worthy of staying in your wardrobe…
When did I wear this last?
If you didn’t wear it the last time it was in season (winter, spring, summer, fall), put it in the sell/donate pile. If you wore it last season but it’s not currently in-season (it’s a sweater but now it’s summer), store it.
When/where will I wear this next?
Can you think of a specific time and place you’d wear this piece? If not, get rid of it. (And no, wearing it to the Oscars as an award-winning actress if you’ve never acted a day in your life doesn’t count as a specific time and place. Keep it reasonable.)
Am I in love with this?
How do you feel when you put it on? If you don’t feel like a million bucks, get rid of it. Everything should bring you joy, according to Marie Kondo.
Do I feel gorgeous in this?
Does this make me feel good? If no, say goodbye!
Does it hurt, itch, or make me uncomfortable in any way?
If yes, say goodbye! This is a quarantine closet CLEANOUT, don’t forget!
Have I ever received a compliment in this?
This definitely isn’t a requirement, because we don’t care what other people think. But, most people have a tendency to favor clothing items that other people have complimented them on—because compliments make us feel good! If lots of people say you look gorgeous in that blue sweater, keep the blue sweater and think about what makes it so flattering. Do you look good in blue? Does the fit make your waist look gorgeous?
Do I have similar pieces in my closet?
Some people like the simplicity of a closet with just a few similar items, while others want more variety. Figure out what kinds of pieces you like, how often you wear them, and go from there. For example, you may not need two leather jackets if you rarely ever wear leather.
What will I wear this with?
Imagine how you’d put the outfit together. Do you have shoes to go with this dress? Do you have a shirt that matches this skirt? Too often we don’t wear something because we can’t match it with other staples in our closet; so it’s time to get rid of it. I had these green leggings I adored, but they didn’t match anything (except for St. Patrick’s Day), so it was time to get rid of them.
Does this piece of clothing realistically fit in with my lifestyle?
A lot of us have pieces we like but it’s not really our style, so we never feel comfortable enough wearing it. If you never go hiking, you probably don’t need those hiking boots. If you hate going to the club, you can retire one or two of your nighttime mini skirts.
Is it easy to launder/clean this piece of clothing?
You want your wardrobe to be easy to upkeep. Try to minimize the number of dry clean only items, unless you really love it. Make your clothing easy to wear, wash, and love. Check out these 10 easy hacks to make your clothes last longer, too.
Forget fast fashion.
Fast fashion isn’t flattering on most people. Although it might be trendy, it typically doesn’t fit well and the materials aren’t high quality. You’ll probably end up feeling itchy and uncomfortable—which isn’t what we want out of our fashion. Fast fashion also wears out much faster, so your clothes will start to fade and tear quickly, which typically doesn’t look very good. This also contributes to massive textile waste, which is bad for the environment and your wallet.
That’s why I recommend designer clothing for every woman. The quality is top notch, and the pieces are tailored with fit and finish in mind. You will feel 10x better putting on a designer item than a fast fashion brand. Learn how to buy quality clothing like an expert designer.
Plus, designer clothes don’t have to be expensive. Buy your pieces on consignment and you can have gorgeous, quality pieces at a fraction of their ticket price. Seriously, you can sometimes get up to 70 or 80% off the original price by buying pre-loved items. That’s something worth celebrating! Check out these 11 things you probably don’t know about consignment stores to learn more.
What should I do with old fast fashion pieces if I want to get rid of them during my quarantine closet cleanout? Donate them! Some organizations will re-sell or offer them to others, or they can repurpose/upcycle the materials!
Do a Zoom fashion show with your girls.
Sometimes it’s hard to see ourselves clearly. Too often, we might be overly critical or judgmental of ourselves. That’s why we’re doing this quarantine closet cleanout! To focus on self-love and confidence! Cause girl, you got it going on.
Get your girls in on the fun. Zoom, Facetime, or Skype the ladies in your life that you always go to for fashion advice. If you miss shopping with your bestie, use this time to host a closet fashion show like you would in the store! They’ll be sure to give you the best advice about what you do and don’t look good in. And you can do the same for them with their closet!
This is a fun way to connect in a time of isolation, while also upgrading your wardrobe to only items you look and feel phenomenal in.
Fill your wardrobe with the basics.
What do you need and use on the regular? And what do you probably not need? If you live in the desert, you probably don’t wear more than one pair of winter gloves. If you’re a homebody, you may not need three gowns. It’s all about what you do, where you go, and what you like to wear.
But even more importantly, get some good basics in your closet. These are the pieces you can throw on with just about anything else, and you know it’ll look good. For example, every girl needs a quality white tee. Throw it on with jeans and booties for a casual yet gorgeous on-the-town look. Pair it with a black skirt and cardigan and you’re work-ready.
The “essentials” make life easier, and you’re sure to wear them on a consistent basis. Remember that we want things in our closet that we will actually wear, use, and love!
Do you ever look at Pinterest boards of closets with envy and excitement? You want that gorgeous, stunning closet that the trendy influencers show off. They’re clean, stunning, and easy to find all your favorite pieces in a snap. (Plus, no clutter means you’ll actually wear everything on your closet, because you have access to it.)
We’ll give you some tips on how to organize your closet by functionality, so your life will feel put together and organized from the moment you wake up and choose your outfit for the day:
A functional closet
Take an inventory of all the clothes you’ve decided to keep. This will help you solve the “puzzle” of your closet. You want to know exactly what you have of everything, so you can decide what needs to be hung and folded and how you’ll organize everything.
Figure out just how much space you need, based on the inventory. Folded shirts and sweaters require about 9 to 15 inches of linear space. Coats require up to 68 inches of vertical space. Pants need 50 inches of vertical space (about half if you’re folding_. And skirts need about 45 inches of vertical space. Make sure you have enough hanging room and then add shelving units for foldable items.
Create a special rack to hang your bags. Put your jewelry in a tray. Keep everything functional and easy to get dressed–including accessories.
Put the items you wear most frequently towards the front of your closet. Work clothes will usually be front and center with dressier clothes towards the back.
Have a catch-all bowl for the small items that end up in your pants and skirts, like mints, receipts, change, and receipts. Go through the bowl weekly or monthly to stay organized and know where everything is.
Have two hampers. One for lights and one for darks. This makes laundry day that much faster and simpler. A hamper with a removable liner to bring to the laundry room doubles the ease!
For more tips, read this in-depth article on Forbes. We love how specific it gets about creating a custom functional closet. I’m also obsessed with these 10 Marie Kondo tips—especially the ones about storing everything by standing it upright.
Think about sustainability.
If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a contentious consumer. You care about fashion, but you also care about how your clothes impact your health and the environment. You may already know that not all clothes are created equal.
Fast fashion made from synthetic fabrics and dyes, for example, are more likely to end up in the garbage. Plus, they’re often not biodegradable. That means one shirt could end up sitting in a landfill for decades, if not much longer. This sort of textile waste is a huge problem across the globe, a major contribution to climate change and carbon emissions.
When you’re looking for a sustainable closet, we recommend checking out the material, the quality, and the longevity of the piece. To help you with the sustainability side, check out our resources below!
Are there some items that you can’t decide where to put them because you love them but they’re broken or un-wearable? You can save your favorite pieces from yellow stains and lost buttons—or even not fitting right—with just a few easy DIY tricks.
Check out my resources below to get started fixing your clothes. (And mot of these tips require no sewing knowledge!)
In the beginning of this quarantine closet cleanout article, I said to envision your dream closet. What’s that one accessory or piece of clothing that you’ve always wanted? Do you want a Chanel investment bag, a pair of Loubotins, or a little black dress from Valentino? Maybe you’re just looking for more bohemian pieces from Alice & Olivia or you want more classic styles like Karen Millen.
Think of this step as your “wardrobe goal.” If you know what you want your closet to look like, you’re more likely to work to keep it in alignment with that dream.
Whatever it is you dream of, it’s time to start planning for it. There is something magical about achieving that “dream closet” filled with all of the pieces you’ve fantasized about wearing. If you don’t have the means to buy it right now, start saving up! Selling your unwanted clothes on consignment can help.
Sell on consignment.
Want extra cash to start saving for that dream piece?
Now that you’ve decided what to keep and you’re starting to reorganize your closet, it’s time to also get rid of the items you’re not keeping. Don’t throw them away! It’s a waste of textiles and money, and it can do damage to the environment. Unless your clothing is super old and worn out, you can probably give it a new life elsewhere!
Selling your clothes to Current Boutique is one of the fastest, easiest, and most rewarding ways to get cash for your pre-loved clothes.
Get started selling on consignment with these guides below:
Don’t waste any of your clothes. Every article of clothing you’ve ever loved deserves to have a long life, even if you’ve decided to get rid of it. Not sure where to donate? Google some local charities that offer pickup or drop off clothing donations. Goodwill is always willing to accept just about anything, and your donation will have a real impact on the people in your community.
If we can’t purchase the items you’ve sent in to us at Current Boutique, we’ll typically donate them to one of our local charities. We work hard to ensure the sustainability of our stores and clothing, reducing the number of textiles that end up in landfills while also emphasizing the sustainability of the clothing materials we source.
What will your closet look like post-quarantine?
We know there can be a lot of mixed feelings during this pandemic period. Feeling good about yourself, your style, and your closet is something you have complete control over. A little closet cleanout that focuses on what you look and feel INCREDIBLE in can make a huge impact on your psychology, happiness, and wallet!
Take a picture of your closet post-quarantine cleanout and tag us! We want to see how your closet organization and your favorite items make you feel gorgeous!
The quarantine has us all spending a lot more time around the house. It’s been a blessing for me that I’ve been able to spend more time with my family and work on growing my business. I’ve also taken some time to clean up my closet with a hefty cleanout and some DIY projects that renew my old clothes and accessories. Are you looking to revamp your clothes?
I wanted to share with you some ways I’ve been taking my clothes from used and old to chic and refreshed, so you can do the same with your closet! It’s a fun way to pass the time, while also minimizing waste.
(By the way, these are all sew-free projects. So you don’t need to even own a needle and thread to get started!) Here are 10 DIY Ways to Revamp Your Clothes + Closet While Spending Time at Home.
1. Clean the soles of your shoes.
I love all my shoes equally, but there are some shoes I wear out more than others. The soles get scuffed, marked, and dirty. Where do those blue and black marks even come from?
The soles of your shoes aren’t the first thing people notice, but a clean pair of shoes is the difference between looking (and feeling) put together or a little “off”. I always feel prouder in a new pair of shoes—or a freshly cleaned pair! So here’s how you get those soles looking brand new again.
Create a baking soda paste. There’s no direct proportion of baking soda to water. Just use a dab of water with enough baking soda that the paste feels like clay in your hands. Apply the paste (using fingers, Q-tips, or other tool) to the soles of your shoes. Let your shoes sit (soles facing up) for 15 to 60 minutes. After it’s settled, use a toothbrush to scrub the baking soda into the bottom of your shoes. Now, take a wet rag or paper towel to remove the baking soda. Your soles should look fresh and clean!
Psst… You can also sprinkle some baking soda inside your shoes to soak up sweat and eliminate odor-causing particles! Baking soda is my go-to if I’m looking to revamp my clothes that are getting a little stinky or worn.
Gotta keep those shoes looking gorgeous, right? Here are some more easy DIY ways to get your shoes in tip-top-toe shape.
Use a nail file to clean suede shoes of dirt and marks. Then, spot clean and remove scuffs with a soft pencil eraser. (Works for suede clothing, too!)
Get rid of that scuff on your patent leather shoe with some petroleum jelly. Dip a Q-tip in the jelly and rub on, and it will disappear in a jiffy. Then use a cotton ball and a bit of glass cleaner to renew the shine on your shoes.
Leather is a little special, so take extra care when caring for it. You can use nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol (and a cotton swab) to get rid of stains or scuffs. Scrubbing baking soda on with a damp cloth can help lift oil or grease (which we talk about more below). Renew with leather conditioner if you have it; or you can make your own by mixing 1 part vinegar with 2 parts linseed oil.
2. Freeze your clothes.
If you have room in your freezer, now’s the perfect time to try this hack to revamp your clothes with a little chill! Putting your clothes in very low temperatures can actually be really healthy for some fabric materials. The biggest benefit is killing odors and bacteria.
Throwing your cashmere and wool in the freezer overnight will help prevent shedding and preserve the integrity of the fibers. Or put your denim jeans in the freezer to kill odor-causing bacteria without another run through the washing machine (since washing your denim a lot can cause fading and shape loss). Tossing your shoes in the freezer can help get rid of stinky smells too.
(Before you put any clothes or shoes in the freezer, put them in a zip lock bag. This protects your food from dirt, and it protects your fabrics from wet freezer burn.)
3. Remove that oil stain from your favorite blouse.
You went out to indulge in some burgers and fries after work with some friends and uh oh… There’s a grease stain on your favorite blouse! You tried washing it out, but it seems like it’s going to be there forever. So your shirt has been hanging in the back of your closet, because you love it so much and can’t part with it—but the oil stain makes it un-wearable. Here’s how to get that shirt back in action again.
Make sure the fabric is dry when you start. Don’t wet the stain first with water.
Sprinkle baking soda on top of the greasy area. This works especially well for fresh oil stains, but it can help destroy old stains too.
Let baking soda sit for 30 to 60 minutes. The baking soda may start to clump as it absorbs some of the oil.
You can also use a toothbrush to leverage the abrasiveness of the baking soda to help lift the stain.
Remove that baking soda. Apply a new, lighter layer. Just a little bit will do the trick now.
Add a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent, like Dawn, on the oil stain. Dishwashing soap is made specifically for greasy dishes, so it can help destroy the oil particles on your shirt, too.
Rub the soap in gently with your fingers. It will start to create a paste with the baking soda.
Let the spot sit with the detergent-soda for 5-30 minutes. The longer you wait, the deeper and stronger it can attack the grease.
Throw the shirt in the washing machine, if it’s machine washable. We recommend using hot water if it won’t damage the item. If you can’t use the washing machine, hand wash it in warm water and scrub the stain especially well.
Air-dry the item in the sun.
Bye-bye, grease stains!
4. Tighten your sunglasses.
Are your favorite sunglasses a little loose? Having trouble keeping them on your nose or in your hair? Dab some clear nail polish at the fastener of the lenses and the arms. This will keep the plastic tight, so you can keep wearing your favorite glasses for a while. This doesn’t work as well for metal sunglasses, but it can still get the job done temporarily.
You can also use clear nail polish paint to stop a thread from pulling through your buttons. Easy, simple, and so polished!
5. Get rid of those pesky yellow stains.
I’ve had a lot of trouble getting rid of yellow stains from some of my favorite white dresses and tops. I’ve tried some of the store bought products, but these only sort-of work to get out the worst of it. But here’s a process I’ve found works super well to get rid of yellowing on your favorite light colored pieces. Let’s revamp your clothes so your whites are white and stain-free!
What causes yellow stains?
Most antiperspirant deodorants have aluminum in them. This mixes with the proteins in your sweat and results in that yellowing on your shirt. To make matters worse, washing and drying those molecules on a high setting actually sets them into the clothing, so you end up with even deeper and darker stains.
I also recommend using deodorants that don’t contain aluminum. This will help minimize your yellow stains. Plus, aluminum isn’t good for your skin or your health; so go for all natural deodorants to revamp your clothes and health.
So, the goal when removing yellow stains is to break down the aluminum and sweat particles using strong enzymes.
How to do it
Dampen your shirt in water.
You’re going to make a mixture of 1.5 cups baking soda, 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen gas to help break down stains, and baking soda is an alkaline abrasive that helps with picking up grease, oil, and antiperspirant particles.
Apply the mixture to the yellow stains. Let sit for 30 to 60 minutes.
Scrub the mixture into the stains using a short-bristled brush. Don’t skip this step!
Toss it into the washing machine. Use COLD water. Hot water actually causes yellow stains to set and bake into the shirt.
If the piece allows for it, you can also use bleach. You can apply bleach directly to the stain (for spot treatment) and let sit before washing. (Remove the baking soda mixture after 30 minutes and then apply the bleach.) Or you can add the bleach to the washing machine, as long as there aren’t any colors on the shirt that could get ruined and as long as the material isn’t too delicate.
Dry your shirt in the sun. The sun helps remove brighten your whites.
If that doesn’t work, try lemon juice. Lemon juice brightens whites, and it can help revive clothes with yellow stains. Squeeze the juice from one lemon into a bowl. Apply to the yellow stains (pour or apply with a white rag). Let the clothing sit in the sun all day. Then wash by hand or in the washing machine on cold to remove the lemon juice and freshen your whites. The lemon plus the sun should get those stains out beautifully!
6. Create an infinity scarf from a T-shirt.
This DIY revamp clothes hack is so easy and so smart. Can’t get those yellow stains out, no matter what you do? Is the neckline of your shirt loosening up or simply not your favorite? Repurpose your tee as a scarf!
Lay your shirt flat, taping down the sides to help keep it still. Cut one line across the length of the shirt, just above the bottom hem. Cut the second line just below the armpits of the shirt. If the shirt is very long, you may want to cut these closer together, as this will determine the thickness of your scarf.
Throw it around your neck for a DIY scarf that looks and feels great! The larger the shirt, the larger your scarf will be. You can also have some fun with this by painting the scarf with fabric paint or sewing on your own design if you’re really crafty.
This is a super simple DIY project that you can use every day now and after quarantine for a must-have put together look. I don’t know about you, but the only thing I hate more than leaving the house with a wrinkled shirt is having to steam or iron that shirt! I don’t like using the premade wrinkle sprays, though, because they’re filled with chemicals I don’t want on my body or clothes. So here’s a natural, easy wrinkle spray that really works!
Mix together 2 cups of pure water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of hair conditioner. In place of hair conditioner, you can also use a teaspoon of fabric softener.
I also recommend adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a gorgeous scent. I particularly like lavender or jasmine.
Put it in a spray bottle with a mist top. You can purchase these at Target or another pharmacy or store.
Spray directly on the wrinkled part of your clothes, just so they’re a little damp.
Gently stretch the fabric to smooth out the wrinkles.
Let dry completely, wear and enjoy!
8. Hand wash your dry clean clothes.
Dry cleaning your clothes can be expensive and time-consuming. (And we’re all about price contentiousness right now.) But here’s a little secret: you can hand wash most of your dry clean only clothing! So use some of your free time to get your clothes spick and span for a lot cheaper (and a lot fewer chemicals, which is way more sustainable too).
Check the tag on your article. If it’s made from wool, silk, or cotton, you can usually wash it by hand. If it’s made of suede, leather, fur, or other delicate fabrics, you’ll probably want to keep it dry clean only. You also want to avoid washing items with several “layers,” like a windbreaker with a wool interior.
Fill a bucket or sink with cold water.
Use a very mild laundry detergent. Add just a few drops to the water. (Woolite works well if washing wool, in particular.)
Agitate the water slightly. Dip the garment in and out of the water.
Gently rub your fingertips over particularly soiled areas, like the armpits and collar. Don’t use anything too abrasive, as this can damage the delicate fabric.
Fill another bucket with fresh water (no detergent), or drain the sink and fill with new cool water. Rinse the garment until it’s not covered in soap.
Time to dry!
To dry, roll on a clean toll to remove water. Don’t wring it out, as this could damage it. Reshape the garment and lay flat to dry. Don’t hang to dry, as the weight of the water can pull the garment down and cause it to stretch out.
We recommend washing one article by hand at a time. If you want to hand wash multiples, make sure they are the same color and material.
Also, never use hot water or the dryer for dry-clean only clothes. This will likely ruin the fabric.
Enjoy your fresh, clean clothes!
9. DIY dried flower sachets for a beautiful smelling closet.
Want to get rid of smells in your closet, wardrobe, gym bag, or shoes? Add a few of these DIY sachets for a home that smells completely amazing (and its all natural, too).
First, we’ll create the sachets themselves. Cut two 3 1/2-inch squares of any fabric of your choosing. Align them with the sides you want displayed inward. If you. like to sew, you can use a running stitch to connect three of the four sides of the sachet square. If not (like me), you can glue gun the fabric together.
Don’t want to create your own sachets? You can buy pre-made baggies at just about any craft store (or even Target). You can also use a piece of fabric and tie it tightly with a knot and bow.
Now, you’ll fill it up with the good stuff. In a bowl, combine two parts dried lavender (or any dried flower ) and one part dry rice. The rice is used to give a little weight to the sachet without using up too much lavender. If you don’t have dried lavender, you can add 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil. Or, add any essential oil of your choice! Lavender is calming and soothing, but any essential oil you like will work wonders to add a delicious scent to your home.
Spoon the mixture into the sachet. Once it’s filled, sew or glue the top of the pouch together. (Or tie it together with a ribbon.)
Throw it wherever you need a little fragrant goodness!
10. Spruce up your costume jewelry.
You love your costume jewelry (maybe almost as much as your fine jewelry). But it tarnishes and rusts a lot faster, and it’s not the easiest to care for. Let’s take a little time and show our favorite costume pieces some love–and some cleaning!
Put your costume jewelry in a container of warm (not hot) water. Add a few drops of dish detergent and agitate to make it soapy. Let soak for 1-2 hours.
If that doesn’t do the trick, you can try applying lemon juice with a cotton swab directly on your pieces. White vinegar (also applied with a cotton swab) can also clean and shine up your costume jewelry.
If your jewelry has gems, rhinestones, or pendants, water that is too warm might cause these accessories to loosen up and fall off. We recommend rinsing in cool water or using the lemon juice or vinegar trick.
Whichever method you use, rinse the jewelry thoroughly in cool water and dry fully to ensure there is no harsh soap residue sitting on your jewelry.
Store costume jewelry in cloth or anti-tarnish bags to keep clean in between uses.
Note that real gold never tarnishes. So you shouldn’t have to clean your real gold. Costume gold is what you’ll be cleaning up. Avoid using these products on real gold and silver. Take your fine jewelry a professional for cleaning.
Revamp your clothes + closet
With just a few little DIY hacks, you can revamp your clothes for a completely renewed life. They’ll look and feel brand new, and you’ll love the confidence of putting on fresh, clean, stunning clothes!
Another great way to spend your quarantine is cleaning out your closet. Things you can’t upcycle or DIY? Sell or donate them! We can work with you to sell your gently used, pre-loved gems, so you can get cash back for new items you’ll love.
Learn more about the magic of consignment stores and how you can make money selling with us—and how you can find the most stunning designer pieces at a fraction of their original cost.
What DIY tricks do you have to revamp your clothes?
Please share your DIY hacks to revamp your clothes!
Here comes the newest wave in the fashion industry: work from home clothes. The quarantine of 2020 has brought about two major changes to the way people buy and wear clothing. 1.) Comfort is critical. 2.) Price and longevity of clothing are more important than ever before.
What does this comfort and price shift look like? And how can you be comfortable and look professional… while being contentious about price, sustainability, and quality?
Due to coronavirus, a strong majority of the population has shifted to working from home. What seems on the surface like a temporary shift likely will have a long-term impact on the way we work moving forward. A lot of experts believe that the pandemic is going to be the catalyst for a movement to more flexible work schedules and environments, including a greater amount of the workforce telecommuting from home (for at least part of their hours).
That’s why retailers have seen a dramatic rise in the sale of sweatpants and comfortable clothes. Work from home clothes that are both comfy without being too casual—so you can still look professional and stay motivated— have become the hottest trend.
But businesses have also seen an increase in the sale of professional tops, since more people are looking for a professional style “for the waist up” on Zoom and other virtual conference calls. We’re not completely diving into our PJs. We just want to feel comfortable and look amazing at the same time.
Working from home gives us the excuse we’ve been looking for to dress up while dressing down.
It’s not news to anyone that most Americans are hunkering down and trying to be more aware of the money they’re spending. Anxious times, lost wages, and an uncertain future mean people are more cautious and price sensitive.
Still, we love shopping for gorgeous clothing pieces. Now more than ever it’s so important to look and feel incredible in the clothes we wear. It’s a confidence boost and a critical aspect of self-love and self-care.
So what can you do to maintain your budget slim while still enjoying “the finer things” (aka fashion) in life?
Here are 8 simple ways to look great for less and feel comfortable in your work from home clothes.
1. Shop secondhand.
Consignment stores have become the hottest fashion trend, and for a valid reason. Shopping pre-loved items is just like buying new, except at a fraction of the cost! You can get designer clothes for hundred dollars off. That means you’re getting pieces that are high quality and made to last—without the serious price tag.
Here’s why we love shopping secondhand for work from home clothes with Current Boutique:
You know you’re getting quality because the pieces made it past our rigorous purchasing process. If the clothes have made it to our shelves, that means they’re the best quality from the best designers with the best longevity. That’s our guarantee!
Our pieces are gorgeously unique—and increase in value over time. You can find pieces from this season, last season, or ten years ago. We show styles that never go out of style.
Our pieces are affordable. Shopping consignment means you save up to 70% off the original retail price. Imagine that you can buy the trendiest items for the season (or timeless gems), without cutting deep into your paycheck.
We offer primarily sustainable clothing. These items already need a home (otherwise they’d be in a landfill), and they’ve proven they can withstand the test of time. So buying pre-loved items saves gorgeous pieces from ending up wasted. Plus, Current Boutique emphasizes eco-friendly clothing materials, like cotton and wool, as well as sustainable sourcing and work practices.
Want to pick up some extra dough to fund your shopping habits? Clean out your closet, get rid of the items that you never wear or that don’t fit, and sell them back to consignment stores. You can make a decent amount of money to fund new work from home clothes, and you’re helping minimize the textile waste that’s unfortunately rampant in the fashion industry.
How much money you’ll make for your clothes depends on the brand, the original value, the condition, and the season. (Check out these top 15 brands you can make money by reselling to learn more.) But you’re definitely going to make more money than if you threw out your clothes!
Current Boutique offers one of the most competitive payouts in the consignment industry. We help turn your pre-loved gems into cash, so you can fund your next shopping spree. We also make it easy to sell: drop off at one of our store locations, send it in with a pre-paid shipping label, or request a pickup for high-end brands. Sell with us!
(Unfortunately, during the quarantine, we are unable to offer drop-off or mail-in options. But save up your clothes and get them ready to send right when we open up again! Let us know you’re interested in selling clothes, and we’ll send you an email to let you know when we’re accepting mail-ins again.)
3. Invest in cashmere.
Cashmere sounds super luxurious—and that’s because it is! But luxury doesn’t automatically mean a huge price tag. You can purchase cashmere on consignment for a lot less than new, and real cashmere will actually grow softer with age. That means purchasing pre-loved cashmere offers quality material that’s softer and comfier—at a fraction of the cost!
I’m obsessed with cashmere for working at home. It’s such a plush and lavish fabric that makes you feel professional and put-together, but it’s still comfortable enough to lounge around in.
Our boutique always offers a wide array of cashmere, from dresses to sweaters to scarves and more. Check out our cashmere offerings to find your perfect work from home clothes!
4. Choose designer work from home clothes.
High-end designers produce clothes that are made to last. Although fast fashion items might be cheaper, they also start to fall apart after just a few wears and washes. Designer clothing can last months, years, and sometimes even decades if you take care of it properly. This kind of longevity means that the money you’re spending is going to be put to good use for a long time.
Plus, designer clothing is fashioned to fit and feel incredible. You can’t get that level of quality with fast fashion. So if you want clothes that look and feel gorgeous, designer clothes are your best option. Investing in a few designer pieces can help you gorgeously glow up from the inside out!
We’ve made it totally easy to find professional, comfortable designer clothes with our Polished Professional section. You can find some stunning professional tops for your Zoom meetings or indulge in a new pair of work shoes for the next time you strut into the office.
Again, purchasing designer doesn’t have to be expensive when you shop secondhand!
5. Search for sales and discounts.
The quarantine has hit the economy, which means a lot of businesses are holding sales to encourage customers to shop (including Current Boutique!) I’m a sucker for a good deal, so I’ve been loving all of the discounts available from my favorite retail shops.
Some ways to find the best deals”
Sign up for emails from your favorite stores and brands. They’ll email you any time they have sales or promos going on. Subscribe to our newsletter to get Craving Current discounts and sales delivered right to your inbox!
Google “clothing sales today.” News or fashion brands will typically compile lists that you can browse through.
I also like this month-by-month guide with the best time to buy different items. If you’re not in a rush to shop, you may want to wait until your goods are “out of season” to purchase what you need.
6. Optimize on cash-back.
Every penny helps when it comes to saving on your fashion. I like using Honey and Rakuten to get extra money back and find coupons for my online purchases. These are both internet plug-ins that make sure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck when shopping online (and sometimes in-store too!).
Honey automatically scans to find discount codes for the items in your cart, so you know you’re getting the best price. It will also give you Honey Gold that can be redeemed for cash or goodies (although Rakuten offers more cash back). It also helps you watch a price trend, so you can see if an item is increasing or decreasing in price so you can buy at the best time.
Rakuten also offers coupon codes, but we particularly like the cash back feature. You can get anywhere from 1 to 10+ percent cash back on items you’re already buying, just by activating the plugin. You can even browse their homepage to find double cash back stores and special deals going on. Since 2016, I’ve received over $110 cash back with Rakuten!
Check your credit cards too. Some credit cards, like American Express, will offer additional points or cash back if you shop from small businesses like Current Boutique.
7. Go for versatile outfits.
Versatility is the hot topic for 2020. You want a blouse that can look great on a virtual call and feel cozy while you lounge on the couch. You want pants that can go from the office to happy hour to walking the dog. Your shoes should look like flats but feel like slippers.
We’ve always been about clothes that feel just as good as they look. Now, it’s even more widely accepted and loved! What are some outfits that look and feel great and work for just about any occasion?
T-shirt dress (long or short sleeve)
White tee shirt, cardigan, black leggings or dark jeans
Tie-neck blouse with leggings
Kimono wrap (perfect for home, chilling, or beach)
No matter what your style is, these versatile outfit pieces are perfect for working from home or in the office.
8. Know what you’re buying.
You want to get quality that you’re paying for. One of the biggest mistakes when it comes to purchasing clothes is not knowing what you’re buying. Some expensive brands sell low quality clothing, and some less expensive brands actually offer the best materials and design.
This is especially challenging if you’re shopping online (which we all are right now). How do you know if you’re buying quality items? Do some research into the brand. See what they’re all about and what their mission and values are. Check out some social and review sites to see what people are saying about the brand (but take reviews with a grain of salt, too).
I strive to love every piece in my closet. Knowing where your clothes come from is a huge part of appreciating what you have in your closet. You’ll feel closer to your clothes, which will make you feel more confident when you put them on your body as well.
How do you dress for more with less? How are you dressing comfy yet professional during these changing times?