A few weeks ago, I found myself sitting on the floor in front of my closet with a pile of clothes at my feet. I had pulled out piece after piece trying to put an outfit together for work, only to toss aside everything I tried on in frustration. I had reached a saturation point with my wardrobe; I was guilty of overwearing my favorite pieces, and I wasn't feeling inspired by, well, anything. If you too have found yourself exasperated and uninspired, you know that even with a closet full of clothes to wear, some days you just don't like anything.
Luckily, that evening a friend was stopping by for wine (read: rosé), and as I explained my frustration, she listened, patiently sitting and sipping until jumping up and volunteering to look through what I had. After 20 minutes of rummaging through my stuff, she managed to rearrange my closet completely, pulling out dresses I had pushed into the corners and left to get dusty. Watching her do an edit of my closet—a friend refresh, as I'm calling it—was exactly what I needed.
Want to know more? Read on to learn about how to try this trick yourself, and then shop for affordable pieces in case you want to style them with what you already own!
Original art by Susan Wang
The hardest part of the friend refresh is recruiting a woman in your life—a BFF, sister, or, hey, even mom, if she's available—to come over and take stock. Ask her to pull out her favorite pieces that you own and put together a few outfits based on what you have. Then have her shuffle your closet around, bringing what she likes to the forefront. Once she's done, you'll have a new perspective on the pieces you already own.
A long trench will pair well with your favorite fitted dress or jeans and tee.
A polished minidress is a great work option to wear with your go-to heels.
A jumpsuit is the easiest one-and-done piece to keep on hand.
Fancy pants are perfect for a party or night on the town.
This year, it's all about embroidery, a trend you could DIY if you're feeling up to it.
There's always room for a teeny-tiny minidress.
A statement top is a wardrobe must.
Pair a simple tie-waist dress with sneakers or heels; it works with a range of shoe styles.
Wide-leg pants are a staple you'll want to keep wearing all year long.
Layer a slip dress with a favorite button-down or tee to give it new life.