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How to get more joy out of your wardrobe

Fall Outfit Rag and Bone IRO

I’ve been meaning to write on this topic for a while now as it’s something that’s been coming up with many of my clients during Closet Edits/Reviews, and has been something I’ve been experiencing a lot lately (especially re-evaluating my own wardrobe post having Charlie).

I feel like since becoming a mom, my wardrobe priorities have changed, and having always had a more creative style personality, I’ve shifted a bit more towards the classic/clean/modern feminine, as it feels that my life is pretty colorful and busy right now – so my clothing needs to almost counteract or balance that. I’ve been talking a lot about this to some of my “new mom” clients, and it sounds like I’m not alone in experiencing this.

Along those same lines, I’ve also been thinking more about how I tend to covet the pieces I splurge on and not wear them as often as others that are less expensive — and get a lot of repeat wear. On the one hand, it’s totally logical, as I don’t want my luxury pieces to get ruined/worn out, but on the other hand, it’s counter-intuitive, as it puts into question why I purchased them in the first place — certainly not to display on a shelf and collect dust (wish I had the kind of closet that would allow me to do that, honestly — but the reality of living in a small NYC apartment is quite the opposite). It also significantly lowers their “cost per wear” — thus making them feel even more expensive.

So I’ve been working on shifting my intention on using more of what’s in my closet, and incorporating those special pieces into every day looks so they can get their equal share of love along with my more worn, less pricey items. I’ve been trying to feel less precious about them (after all, they’re just clothes!). I’ve been continuing to cull through my closet too, and really applying the “does this bring me joy?” mentality to everything I own – even loungewear and clothes I throw on when running errands and taking Charlie to the Park.

I’m happy to report that this ongoing process has given me more mental clarity and makes me feel my best at most times, as the clothes I wear make me feel confident, comfortable and stylish. I think it’s a very important aspect of curating a wardrobe you love – and it doesn’t make it superficial to think about the happiness your purchases (especially splurges) can bring to you every day!

So I would like to encourage you to dust off your Chanel (or Coach, or Kate Spade — whatever you covet) and bring it out for a spin with your everyday looks. I think we all need more inspiration in our daily lives — and those pieces should not be saved for special occasions only.

See below for a Fall ensemble I put together as an example of a formula of some of my favorite pieces I wear on repeat + my recent coveted splurges — effortless and chic, with a creative touch. Hope it inspires you to experiment with some Fall looks in your own wardrobe!

You can shop my look in the carousel above — I’ve also included some similar styles for inspiration!

Would love to see the outfits you create using your favorite pieces — please do share them on Instagram using hashtag #ModnitsaInspo  – and I’ll be sure to repost them on my Insta Stories!

xo,

Dina - Image Consultant, Wardrobe Editor, Personal Shopper of Modnitsa Styling
Fall Outfit Rag and Bone IRO
Fall Outfit Rag and Bone IRO
Fall Outfit Rag and Bone IRO
Fall Outfit Rag and Bone IRO
Fall Outfit Rag and Bone IRO
Fall Outfit Rag and Bone IRO
Fall Outfit Rag and Bone IRO

Photography by Leslie Moncada.

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