Step 1: Pull out all your clothes and dump them on the bed—even (especially) things you never wear. Mix them all up.
Step 2: Spin around 3 times.
Step 3: Now try to look at your clothes with fresh eyes. Pretend you've never seen these clothes before in your life. Introduce items to one another, even ones from the other side of the tracks. Mix high with low, thick with thin, stripes with prints.
Step 4: Try on the new combinations, weed out the ones that don't fall right or feel right. You don't need any second opinions, but it can be fun to have someone you trust (my 7-year-old is my go-to fellow for this) give thumbs up or down. It's nice to get a nod from someone about a combination you've chosen, but I don't rely on an outside view--trust yourself.
So did you find anything that goes together that you hadn't seen before?
I recently tried this activity and found a couple summer-to-fall combinations I hadn't expected:
Thick & thin: I found a light sleeveless top and a velvet skirt that I would never have imagined together. Finding the new combo also saved the velvet skirt from the chopping block.
High & low: I found that a run-of-the-mill white tee looked hip tucked in with dressy low-rise off-white linen or with off-white skinnies. Add any belt or scarf.
Some people arrange their closets by color, but I hang outfits together, so I can grab-n-go.
Took me a while to re-fold and hang everything, but I think it was worth it :-)
White or off-white with white is pretty cute together
Outfit from Anthropologie:
Outfit from Boden: