10 DIY Ways to Revamp Your Clothes + Closet

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.

Get tips on how to keep your white sneakers clean with Zappos

More shoe tips… 

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. 

Here’s how.

  1. Make sure the fabric is dry when you start. Don’t wet the stain first with water. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Let baking soda sit for 30 to 60 minutes. The baking soda may start to clump as it absorbs some of the oil. 
  4. You can also use a toothbrush to leverage the abrasiveness of the baking soda to help lift the stain. 
  5. Remove that baking soda. Apply a new, lighter layer. Just a little bit will do the trick now. 
  6. 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. 
  7. Rub the soap in gently with your fingers. It will start to create a paste with the baking soda. 
  8. 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. 
  9. 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. 
  10. 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

  1. Dampen your shirt in water. 
  2. 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.
  3. Apply the mixture to the yellow stains. Let sit for 30 to 60 minutes.
  4. Scrub the mixture into the stains using a short-bristled brush. Don’t skip this step! 
  5. Toss it into the washing machine. Use COLD water. Hot water actually causes yellow stains to set and bake into the shirt. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 

Want to use the remainder of the cut-up shirt for something? Turn it into a headband

7. Get rid of wrinkles fast. 

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!

8 Simple Ways To Look Great (For Less!) + Feel Comfortable In Your Work From Home 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?

Comfort

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. 

Price

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.

Check out the top 7 websites to shop secondhand designer clothing. You’ll have so much fun browsing pieces that are good for the soul and good for the wallet! 

2. Sell secondhand. 

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!  
  • Use coupon sites to browse trending deals online. I particularly like RetailMeNot and CouponCabin
  • 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)
  • Black leggings and fitted T-shirt 

You should also check out How To Look Stunning In A Video Call for more outfit options that are perfect for a virtual meeting or date. 

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. 

So before you give a brand your money, know what you’re purchasing. Learn how to buy quality clothing like an expert designer here. 

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? 

Shop our hottest, freshest, comfiest designer arrivals for spring here

11 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Consignment Stores

Our goal at Current Boutique is to provide a fun, inviting environment for customers to fall in love with the consignment process. So today I’m here to give you the inside scoop about what consignment stores are—and the incredible benefits for consignment buyers and sellers. Here are 11 things you probably don’t know about consignment stores.

What are consignment stores? 

The term “consignment stores” used to refer to neighborhood businesses who bought and sold local goods. They would usually offer a percentage of profits after the item sold or they’d give you the merchandise back. 

Now, the digital era has transformed the consignment shop model dramatically. It’s no longer like a local pawn shop. Online consignment stores mean you can buy and sell goods from anywhere across the nation (or even across the globe). The goods are high quality, and these shops are run like any other major fashion organization.

Check out the top 7 websites to shop secondhand here

There are also more specialty consignment shops now, like stores specifically for furniture, electronics, or purses. Current Boutique specializes in selling pre-loved designer fashion items—both timeless and trendy! 

So what are some cool aspects about consignment stores? What do you need to know if you’re going to get involved in the fashion consignment lifestyle? (P.S. Welcome to the lifestyle! Trust us, you’ll love living the pre-loved life.) 

1. Consignment stores aren’t the same as thrift stores. 

Thrift stores are the cousin to consignment stores, but they’re not the same thing. Thrift stores usually accept any and all items, even if they’re damaged or worn. They don’t typically authenticate merchandise, and they may not clean the items. Consignment stores tend to do a little more digging into the items they procure, and they’ll always clean and market the products.

Plus, thrift shops often operate on donated merchandise. Consignors, on the other hand, purchase outright from or split the profits with the seller. This means you can actually make some cash on the goods you’re getting rid of. 

(Note: Some people use the terms “consignment stores” and “thrift stores” interchangeably. We sometimes use them as synonyms too! Just do your due diligence and research the organization or store individually to make sure you’re getting the best products at the right price.)

2. The inventory is always changing.

One of the coolest parts about consignment stores is that the lineup of merchandise changes daily (sometimes even hourly!). What we stock is dependent upon what we buy from sellers. So you could browse our website or window shop our stores every single day and see new items displayed! If you’re obsessed with shopping like we are, consignment stores let you always discover new pieces to add to your wardrobe. 

Check out our newest arrivals with our Just In tab. 

3. You can find super unique pieces.

At Current Boutique, we only resell pieces from designers that we know and trust. Still, you never know what kinds of styles or looks will come through the door. You might see a Chanel dress from the ‘80s or a limited edition Oscar de la Renta. We love that you never know what’s going to end up in the store—and you can find some truly special gems. 

What I love about running a consignment shop is watching the different trends and eras walk through the door. You realize just how cyclical trends are—what was hot in the ‘70s is back in 2020, and the jewelry from the ‘40s is worth a fortune now. Fashion styles are always trending, but there are some timeless and recurrent pieces too. 

4. We have buyers. 

Just like any other fashion store, we have “buyers” that select the clothing that will go on our shelves. We curate our store to fit the season and the trends, while also offering some one-of-a-kind finds.

When you look through quality consignment stores, you should find that the pieces are designed to meet their specific audience’s needs. It definitely shouldn’t be a hodge podge of anything and everything they can get their hands on.

5. Consignment stores don’t accept everything. 

We care about the clothes we put in our store. Although we’re in the business of making money, we’re first and foremost in the business of making our customers happy. We’re not going to sell items that are super worn, broken, or tarnished. Our buyers are trained to triple check everything to make sure we only purchase the highest quality goods for our customers. 

We believe that pre-loved items should feel just like new when you put them on! 

6. We check authenticity. 

At Current Boutique, we carefully inspect everything that comes through the doors to guarantee authenticity. We especially check leather goods, gemstones, and gold and sterling silver. 

Our buyers also look specifically for natural fabrics like cotton, linen, silk, cashmere, and wool. We love that consignment stores are a sustainable model, so we look to further that sustainable impact by buying primarily high-quality, eco-friendly materials. 

7. We clean everything. 

Everything that comes through the boutique gets a thorough cleaning. It has to be up to our high standards before it gets put on a hanger. Most high-end consignment stores have their own cleaning process to ensure you’re getting fresh clothes without stains, stinks, or marks. 

8. The environment loves consignment stores. 

When you purchase from us or resell your items with us, you radically minimize your impact on the environment. We’re reducing the amount of goods going into landfills by giving merchandise a new home. Consignment stores radically increase the lifespan of clothing. Click to learn how consignment stores are reducing waste and enhancing the sustainability of the fashion industry. 

Plus, at Current Boutique, we emphasize sustainability. We love designers that promote socially and environmentally friendly practices, and we’ll sometimes even pay more for sellers with sustainable designers.

9. We’re the best way to get paid for your items.  

Selling with Current Boutique is insanely easy. You’ll love turning your pre-loved gems into cash. We pay for all of your merchandise up front, so you know exactly how much you’ll be getting in your pocket. Plus, consignment stores typically offer the most competitive pricing for your goods compared to other methods of selling.

Plus, it’s a lot less work. The store buyers tell you which of your goods we’re going to buy, we pay you, and you give us or send us the goods. You don’t have to try to list and market the products yourself, like you would on Poshmark or Facebook Marketplace.

(Some consignment stores have the split-profit model. This means you get a portion of the profits they make after your item is sold. Current Boutique don’t do this because it’s too uncertain—we want our sellers to get paid!)

Check out the top brands you can make money reselling

10. We’re the cheapest way to buy designer goods. 

Do you love fashion as much as we do? But don’t want to break the bank by indulging? Consignment stores have to be your go-to option, then. You get the highest quality luxury goods at a fraction of their retail price. Seriously, sometimes you can snag a deal for hundreds of dollars off. 

Getting luxury goods for cheap is just one of the reasons why preloved fashion is the hottest craze right now. 

11. Some consignment stores are online and in-store. 

Consignment stores can be all online, all in-store, or a mixture of both. Current Boutique offers it all! Want to browse from the comfort of your home? You got it. Want to shop the store and touch the goods firsthand? Check out our store locations.

We’ve had some of our online shoppers go out of their way to visit our Virginia stores just because they love us so much! 

We know you’ll love us too. Start browsing Current Boutique to find the hottest items your closet is dying to have—or start selling with us to transform your pre-loved gems into cash!  

11 Ways To Look Chic And Stay Motivated At Home

If you want to shake the quarantine blues, it’s time to get up and get dressed. Look great, feel great is the rule to live by this 2020. In this guide, we’re giving you tips on how to look chic and fashionable at home, so you can stay motivated, empowered, and confident right in your living room. 

Self-isolation right now has us all feeling a little lazier. We’ve substituted our daily makeup routines for chocolate for breakfast and our favorite spring dresses for unwashed PJs. Although hanging around the house can be relaxing, there’s also a lot of stress and anxiety floating around. We’re all going a little stir crazy—we miss our friends, our coffee shops, entertainment. I never realized before just how much I enjoy just seeing strangers’ faces throughout the day!

But what’s really getting us all into a slump isn’t the isolation itself. It’s that we feel we’re losing our sense of freedom and individuality. You throw on sweatpants to sit and watch Netflix all day, video chat with friends, or work on your laptop from home. You’re in the same seat, wearing the same thing, doing the same stuff day after day. 

The psychology of your clothes

We’re here to break out of that rut. By throwing on an outfit that looks good, you’ll start to feel good in turn. Clothes affect our psychology.

Research proves that if you’re in exercise clothes, you’re more likely to workout or take the stairs; if you’re in a suit, you’re more likely to take on leadership roles; and if you’re in your sweats, you’re more likely to feel chill and less motivated. One study found that putting participants in doctor’s lab coats actually caused them to be more aware and make fewer mistakes than those participants in their street clothes. 

People embody the expectations of their outfit. 

The same is true for what you’re wearing at home. I made the mistake of wearing PJs a few days in a row… and guess how much work I got done? Not a lot. So I threw on one of my favorite work outfits—a polka dot blouse with flexible pencil skirt—and I worked for 9 hours straight. Of course, I didn’t feel like wearing a pencil skirt every day just to sit at home, but simply throwing on jeans or a pair of black pants has radically improved my ability to focus on running my business

Plus, if you’re reading this, you probably love fashion. Why give up on a passion of yours? Love your stay-at-home fashion just as much as your out-door outfits! 

So let’s get down to the tips and tricks that can make you look effortlessly chic and stay motivated, so you can keep living life and pushing forward on your dreams this season. Here are my 11 Ways To Look Chic And Stay Motivated At Home

1. Choose fitted sweatpants. 

You’ll feel better in fitted sweats that have a tailored look as opposed to pants that are falling down and ill-fitting. Ditch the oversized sweatpants and look for a form-fitting silhouette and tapered leg. All of your clothes should be fitted to your body, even your sweats.

Style Tip: Cuff your sweatpants. Really? Yup! If you’re loving the luxury of wearing sweats at home, just roll them up at the bottom. This takes the look from grunge-y to purposeful, which will leave you feeling more put-together in your comfy sweats. 

2. Put on your skinny jeans.

A lot of people don’t want to lounge around the house in their jeans all day. But remember, you’re not looking to lounge all day! You’re here to stay motivated and get stuff done. Throw on a pair of skinny jeans to get back in that sexy, powerful mindset you rock on the regular.

You may even want to put on your “happy hour jeans” (the ones you wear out with the girls or on a date) to give you an extra boost of confidence and remember how stunning you are!

3. Black leggings are a must. 

We all love our black leggings. And they might just be my quarantine fave piece right now. They’re so comfortable, but they’re also slimming and attractive. You can pair it with an oversized vintage tee for a casual ‘90s look, or you can throw on your favorite fitted sweater for a more elegant style. 

I’m especially a fan of wearing black leggings with a crisp button up. Paired with gold earrings, and it’s my favorite WFH outfit to stay motivated and creative! 

We recommend cotton leggings, as opposed to spandex or polyester. Cotton is a breathable (and sustainable) fabric that will give your body space and your skin freedom. 

4. Rock the white T-shirt. 

What is it about a white tee that seems so put together? A soft, clean white t-shirt feels like PJs while looking so fresh and chic. We recommend a more fitted T-shirt that will show off a few of those gorgeous curves.

Throw on a white tee with your jeans, leggings, or even sweatpants for an instantly composed look. You can also throw a neutral colored cardigan on top for a complete ensemble that will trick your mind into thinking your headed to work. 

Check out some of our pre-loved white tees here

5. Wear flats that feel like slippers. 

Barefoot or socks feel very casual. It’s pretty rare that you’re without shoes out of the house. So putting shoes on at home can trick your mind into feeling like you’re outside and at work.

You can still keep it casual, though. No need to wear heels around the house (unless that’s what you like!). There are a lot of super snug flats and loafers that will feel like slippers. Check out this list from SmarterTravel and another with Travel+Leisure to get some ideas. 

You may want to have a separate pair of shoes just for the home. This lets you wear shoes around the home without tracking in bacteria and gunk from the outside, which is especially important during these uncertain times!

6. Put on a bra. 

We’re all guilty of it. No one’s around, so let go. I’m a big proponent of not wearing a bra all the time, because doing so may have health benefits! However, you might want to wear it during “productive” at home times. 

Most women wear a bra when they go to work. So your mind associates that tightness around your ribs with getting to work. If you don’t have that band there, your brain could actually feel a little looser and lazier. Plus, your bra likely makes your clothes fit better since you wear a bra regularly; and better fitting clothes make you feel better and stay motivated.

7. Wear minimalistic jewelry. 

You probably don’t feel like wearing a lot of heavy jewelry when you’re hanging at home. (And if you have a pet, you probably don’t want them feeling the urge to bite your long necklace or paw at your earrings.) 

Still, a few dainty pieces of jewelry will make you feel extra put together and gorgeous. Watch how your face will light up when you throw on your pendant necklace or add some pearls to your ears.

Check out our stunning array of jewelry

8. Purchase silk pajamas. 

Want to climb into your pajamas a little early? No worries. But up the game a little bit with a set of matching silk pajamas. Your sweats and t-shirt might be comfortable, but silk feels insanely sultry and soft on your skin. Plus, it’s a totally chic silhouette that will have you staring at yourself in the mirror. 

If you live alone, this is one of the most luxurious ways to treat yourself before bedtime. If you live with a partner, they’ll appreciate the little extra effort to go to bed together! 

9. Get down with athleisure. 

Athleisure is still in style, and it’s one of my favorite styles for working from home. Although it’s not as trendy as it once was, it’s a good in-between style if you don’t want sweats but also don’t want to get too dressed up. Plus, dressing in workout clothes makes you more likely to workout—so it might help you get off the couch and do some crunches in between Netflix movies. 

10. Wear the “first two pieces”. 

Start getting dressed like you normally would for work, for brunch, or for a date. Put on the first two or three pieces of clothing that you would for that outfit, like the jeans and blouse or the dress and shoes. You can get rid of all the rest, so you’re still “dressed down” while dressed up! 

I’ve found that after I put on the first few pieces, I have so much fun getting dressed up that I want to add even more, like my belt and jewelry and a cute hat. It’s fun to get dressed!

11. Brush your hair and wash your face. 

Listen, I’m guilty of it too. There have been a few days in the past couple weeks where I’ve rolled out of bed, gotten my coffee, and just stayed in my post-sleep look for hours. But that bed head is going to keep your head in bed

First thing when you wake up, brush your hair, wash your face, and perform your regular morning routine. Your mind and body will thank you for it! 

Don’t forget to drink water and eat healthy, too. We don’t have control over the situation around us, but we do control our own health and wellness. So treat yourself right—you deserve it! 

How do YOU look chic and stay motivated during the quarantine? What makes you look and feel beautiful and motivated?  

How To Look Stunning In A Video Call

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Want to look your best in every online conference you have? In this guide, we’re giving you the top 11 tips to look your best in an online video call. If you want to know how to look stunning in a video call keep reading!

It’s no surprise that video conferencing has become the primary method of communication during the coronavirus pandemic. Video calls have become the way to maintain friendships, work from home, and even have a dating life. Some people are even hosting virtual weddings! 

I don’t think this is a temporary shift, either. I anticipate that video calls are going to be a lot more prominent moving forward, even after the quarantine is over. So, learning a few tips about how to look and feel great on camera can completely transform your professional and social life. 

Looking good on Zoom or Skype is different than looking good in person. If you want to make an impression on your conference call participants, we’ve got a few tips and tricks of the trade for you. From what you wear to how you set up the room, there are several different elements that work synergistically to determine how you’ll appear on the video call.

So here are 11 tips to look stunning and feel confident on camera for your video calls. 

1. Dress for the camera. 

No one’s expecting you to dress to the nines when you’re at home. As a general rule of thumb, you can dress down “one level” from what you would in the office. If everyone in your office wears suits, you can probably get away with a nice blouse without the jacket. If you usually wear a button up blouse, you can likely get away with a more casual (though still professional) top. But if everyone wears T-shirts, stick to T-shirts. (Skip the PJs unless otherwise directed that it’s a “PJ party” by your poss.)

What’s even more important than dressing for the office, though, is that you dress for the camera. You could put on your go-to office attire and the outfit could appear unappealing in the camera due to reflections, refractions, and shadows. You want to dress appropriately while also considering how the outfit will look through the screen.

Some rules of camera outfitting: 

  • Neutral colors, pastels, and cool shades of blue or green look most flattering on computer cameras. 
  • Very bright or dark colors, including black, doesn’t translate well. Bold colors, like reds and neons, also tend to look too overt through the camera lens. 
  • Don’t dress in a color similar to your skin tone or the background of the room. Remember that you’re 2D on someone’s screen, so you don’t want to look like a floating head if you blend into the background or your clothes.
  • Avoid busy patterns like herringbone, houndstooth, stripes, animal prints, and plaids. They may be totally chic, but these patterns distort light and can cause a strobe effect on camera. 
  • Skip the shiny (or loud) jewelry. You don’t want your jewelry to reflect light into the camera and blind the other participants. You also want to avoid bangles or layered jewelry that will cause noise on camera. People notice (and get distracted by) noises more on camera than they do in person. 
  • Choose clothes that you’re comfortable and confident in. If you wouldn’t wear it to work, don’t wear it on a work call. If you wouldn’t wear it out to dinner, don’t wear it to your virtual date. Feeling confident in what you wear is critical to staying present during your call. (Check out this personal style quiz to rock your “look” on camera!)

Need some inspiration? Check out our couchside career goals collection of outfits. These easy, breezy dresses are comfortable and polished—perfect for a Zoom meeting or Skype date. 

Now, here’s the big question. Do you need to wear pants to your Zoom call? 

We think yes. The clothes you wear impact your psychology. So if you’re pants-less or in sweats, you won’t be fully in “business mode” when the time comes. Plus, what if you really need to run to the bathroom and you stand up—forgetting you don’t have bottoms on? Just throw on a pair of jeans or leggings and you’ll be good to go. You don’t need to get crazy, but you should complete the outfit.

2. Pin your hair back or up. 

You want your face to be as bright and illuminated as possible. One of the biggest mistakes people make on camera is how they do their hair. Wearing your hair down can cast shadows on your face that will hide or obscure your face through the screen. 

Choose a hairstyle that will keep the hair out of your face, so you avoid casting shadows. This will also help minimize how often you’re fidgeting and playing with your hair, which is distracting to others on the call. Be aware that fidgeting comes off as unprofessional and not confident, so prep your hair and clothes to stay comfortable and relaxed.

(Psst… Feeling bored in quarantine? Learn how to organize your closet here.)

3. Use makeup to brighten and accentuate. 

You don’t need to get crazy with your makeup on a Zoom call. But if you’re looking to maintain your appearance and confidence while you WFH, a little makeup can revamp how you work and play. 

Our biggest makeup tip: oil. Get a dewy, bright look with a facial oil. Oils are super hydrating and nourishing, which will do wonders for your skin during the stresses of this uncertain time period. Plus, the oil will give your skin a lift that will make you look glowing and dewy on camera. If you don’t have an oil, a hydrating mist or primer can do the trick too. No one will even know you stayed up all night binging Netflix. 

Other Zoom camera makeup tips: 

  • Skip the eye makeup. It either doesn’t show up on camera or it’s too dark and veils your eyes. A little bit of mascara is all you need (if anything). 
  • Lipstick looks great on the computer camera. A bold red lip will “pop” on the screen, but it won’t look as bold as it would in person—so now’s the time to try a deeper shade than you normally would, if you’d like. If you’re not a lipstick fan, throw some Vaseline or petroleum-based moisturizer on your lips for a shine that works wonders, too. 
  • Use concealer to add dimension to your face. Apply a few dabs around the eyes to hide dark circles and on the cheekbones as a substitute contour. 
  • You can add a little blush if you want. This can help avoid looking washed out due to bright lighting. 

4. Pick a spacious room. 

How you look on camera depends a lot on what kind of setting is around you. Large, spacious rooms provide depth behind you that looks better than a shallow space when you’re on a two dimensional screen. A large room also provides better acoustics, so you’ll sound better whenever you give your input in the meeting. 

I typically recommend you host your call in the living room or the largest room in your house. These rooms also tend to have the best natural light, so you’ll look better and brighter. Also, you’re used to hanging out in your living room at home, so you’ll feel comfortable and confident there.

5. Tidy up the room.

If your background is messy, you’ll look messy by extension. You want to minimize distractions as much as possible, while maintaining the same level of professionalism you have at work. That means you want to pick up the laundry, your pet’s toys, alcohol, and anything else that could draw the eye away from your beautiful face. 

You can leave some personality in the room, though. One of the benefits of video calls is that people get to see a new side of you—the “home” side! So remove the distractions, but keep the parts of you that make you, you.

6. Set up your lighting. 

You could have a gorgeous outfit, stunning makeup, and the perfect “look,” but no one will see it if you’re not properly lit.

First, open up all your shades and let natural light come into the room. You want the largest light source to be in front of you. If the light is behind you, you’ll look backlit and shadowy. Ideally.

If you have a ring light available, these work well to brighten your face and make you the center of attention. You can buy inexpensive ring lights from Best Buy or Amazon, and they’ll be worth the money for Zoom calls—now and in the future. They’re also great for photos and videos, so you can always look your best! No ring light? Just put your brightest lamp behind your computer screen to have a similar effect. 

Keep in mind that the light from your computer screen can over-highlight your face. This can make you look ghostly or washed out if you have too much white or blue light on your face. So reduce your screen brightness and rely on your other sources of light. 

7. Put your camera at eye-level. 

The camera angle is arguably one of the most important aspects of looking great in your digital call. If the camera angle is too low, you’ll get that “double chin” look. If it’s too high, you’re all forehead. You don’t want people in the chat to feel like they’re looking up or down at you.

You want your camera at eye-level, so it’s looking you head on. In most cases, your laptop on your dining room table will probably be too low to get the right angle. So put it on a stack of books, so the camera hole is at your eye level. 

The camera should also be far enough away that participants see more than just your face and neck. Pictures look better from farther away—and the same is true for video calls. Plus, you want to show off your gorgeous blouse! I live by the “ribcage rule.” You want to have your camera angled from your ribcage to above the top of your head for the best vantage point.

8. Look at the camera. 

At this point, you look absolutely gorgeous in your camera lens. But don’t get distracted by your own beauty! It’s blatantly obvious when you’re looking at yourself on the monitor, and the speaker will feel unheard by you. Plus, looking “down” at your monitor is a less flattering angle than looking straight at the camera.

So, whenever possible, keep your eyes on the little camera hole. This gives the impression of “eye contact” with others in the conference call, so they’ll actually feel a closer connection to you. 

(We know it’s not always possible to look directly at the camera the entire time. If someone’s showing a slide on the screen or you’re taking notes, of course look away to do what you need to do to learn and be the best participant. Just look at the camera when you’re talking or actively listening to another speaker.)

If you find you’re getting distracted looking at yourself, you can usually hide the video preview of yourself. In Zoom, right click on your own video window and click “hide myself.” But remember that you’re still on camera, so don’t start picking your nose or doing push ups. 

9. “Touch up” your appearance on Zoom. 

A little Zoom trick to take it up yet another notch… Zoom has a “touch up my appearance” feature. On the lower left corner of your screen, go to video settings. From there, you can click, “touch up my appearance.” 

This adds a light filter that essentially creates a more polished look for anyone on your screen. It brightens your appearance and softens the look of your skin for an even-tone complexion. It won’t make a huge difference, but it doesn’t hurt to add it for that extra little “wow”—especially if you’re not used to being on camera. 

10. Test the video before the call. 

Before you hop on the call, take a minute to test out the video. You want to make sure you feel comfortable before you get in the room. Most video platforms like Zoom have a preview of video before the call starts, but you can always use your computer’s photo feature (like Photo Booth) to get a preview as well. Fix your hair, adjust your top, make sure the lighting is perfect, and take note of your surroundings to put everything in order for the perfect video call. 

Note: Clean your camera off. Just a swipe with a microfiber cloth can remove dust that could be causing light to refract. The cleaner your camera lens, the better you’ll look. 

11. Love yourself. 

Seriously. We know these are uncertain and anxious times. It’s easy to get down on yourself or get stressed out. But the best way to look stunning is to feel good. When you’re happy and stress-free, your smile will be absolutely radiant on the camera. 

We truly believe that clothes make the difference. The novelty of hanging out in your PJs quickly wears off, and you might find yourself getting a little more stressed and lazy. But throw on something fashionable and chic, and you’ll be back to your radiant and confident self in no time. Check out these couchside career goal outfits that are perfect for video calls—and for feeling gorgeous! 

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If you’re not feeling your beauty-best this season, please know that we’re here for you. Our community at Current Boutique is stronger than ever, and we want you to be a part of it. Please reach out if you want support, to chat about fashion, or to just talk to some beautiful and inspiring women like you! We’re all in this global community together. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our fashion-forward, sustainability-driven community to join in on the fun.