New Year, New Wardrobe: Closet Clean Out Tips

New Year, New Wardrobe: Closet Clean Out Tips

One of my resolutions is to be more purposeful in the things that I purchase and the things that I keep. I believe this mostly applies to my admiration for clothing.

To kick off the new year, I decided to go through my closet and figure out what “sparked joy” and what could go. It was quite the process, but I am happy with how my wardrobe turned out.

By doing this, I learned what tips and tricks worked best. I hope that these may help you as they helped me:

Take everything out of your closet. When I say everything, I mean everything. Throw all of your clothes on your bed to start the process. It will show you how much you currently have and put it into perspective.

Make a pile of what you want to let go. Items that no longer serve you can go into a “donate” or “sell” stack. Items that you want to keep can be hung. If an item is completely damaged or worn out, toss it.

Try stuff on. If you are indecisive about certain items, try them on! Then you can see if the item fits or looks how you like.

Have fun with it! I personally enjoy listening to a podcast while I organize. It makes the time go by so fast. Cleaning out your closet doesn’t have to feel like a chore.

Ask yourself questions. Think: What clothes do you feel the best wearing? What clothes do you feel bored with? Only keep the clothes that are functional and that you truly enjoy.

Organize clothes by style/type. Hang your blouses by other blouses and dresses by other dresses. This makes it super easy for you to find what you want in your closet when getting ready. You can take this a step further by color-coding by type as well.

Use felt hangers if you can. These will really optimize your space. They take up less space than plastic hangers, and they hold clothes more effectively. I feel that they are worth the upfront investment.

Happy cleaning!

What’s your best organization tip? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

4 Ways to Style Your LBD for NYE

4 Ways to Style Your LBD for NYE

A little black dress never goes out of style. Year after year, you can pair it with different accessories and signs of new times. I think it’s the perfect basic to break out of your closet for New Year’s Eve. Even if we are just sitting on our couches with a glass of champagne this year, let’s do it in style.

Below are four looks that I created using my bodycon LBD. I hope that they spark some ideas for your last look of 2020 and first look of 2021.

For this first outfit, I grabbed some bold accessories in my favorite color. I know micro bags still cause some controversy with critics, but I personally think they are adorable. Early in 2020, I even covered the trend on this blog.

I kept the pink theme going with my gogo-style booties. These have to be one of my best thrift finds. I think any bold colored boot would look great with a LBD base.

For look number two, I kept it cozy by just adding an oversized scarf. I honestly think everyone could use a blanket scarf in their closets. They are fashionable and perfect for winter weather. I thrifted the one pictured, but I have found some really cute ones at World Market.

Look three is a perfect fit to emulate if you live in a cooler climate too. I thrifted both the faux fur jacket and faux fur boots at different times, but it’s almost like they were meant to be together. I typically wouldn’t wear this much fur at once, but with a simple black dress, it works!

Look four is extremely easy and comfy. All I did was throw a sweater on top of my dress. I liked that it was a v-neck so I could put it over my shoulders. I also rolled up the sleeves a touch. This basic pairing can be dressed up with more jewelry and maybe even some patterned tights.

See ya in 2021! How are you ringing in the new year? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat! 

Thrift Shopping Tips & Tricks

Thrift Shopping Tips & Tricks

Good style doesn’t have to be expensive. And honestly, it shouldn’t be.

You can build your dream wardrobe on a budget by thrifting. Sure, it takes a little extra work, but the treasure hunt is half the fun! Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite tips and tricks for scoring the best finds…

Look for basics. Sweaters, cardigans, jeans, basic t-shirts, and tanks are all great items to find at your local thrift shop. All of these items are perfect for layering and accessorizing.

Check out the lingerie section. Silk tops and skirts are in. You can sometimes score these items on a budget in your local thrift shop’s lingerie section. Wash before you wear, and it’s as good as new.

Try shopping off-season. As with most shops, you may be able to get some better deals by shopping off-season. Items like sweaters and jackets will be less picked over in summer rather than in winter. On the flip side, in winter, there will be less competition to find tanks and shorts.

Don’t miss out on deals. Some shops have a “color tag of the day” or “color tag of the week” that can save you some cash. Some shops will also offer you coupons if you donate items. In addition, some shops have rewards programs.

Be picky. Be realistic about how much you can really fit in your closet. Only bring home your favorite finds. Just because it’s a good deal, doesn’t mean you need it.

I hope that you find these tips and tricks useful on your next thrift trip. Happy shopping!

What’s your best thrift find? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My Fall Wardrobe Staples

My Fall Wardrobe Staples

While we have to adapt to cooler weather so does our closet. It is so easy to fall into a routine of wearing just sweatshirts and joggers. But, it is possible to be comfy and chic.

Below I have compiled all my favorite clothing pieces for fall. Majority of the items are thrifted; you don’t have to break the bank to create a functional fall wardrobe.

Cozy Cardigans. These are super easy to dress up or down. I personally enjoy just throwing on an oversized cardigan with some leggings and a tank for my work-from-home day. Adding some silver jewelry makes the look a little more professional for Zoom calls.

Solid Color Sweaters. Plain sweaters are always a solid basic to have. They layer well, and they can be easily paired with various accessories. A simple sweater and scarf look is very seasonally appropriate.

Button Ups. These are good in almost every season but especially in fall. I love using my button ups and blouses as layering pieces. They look so cute under a crewneck or a sweater.

Relaxed Denim. Emphasis on *relaxed*… I like to get jeans that feel like they are softly hugging my body. There’s no sense in having denim that feels restrictive. Comfort and style can be attained together.

Cute Coats. A dressier jacket can help to elevate any look when going out. Also, this piece of clothing is a bit necessary in my hometown climate.

What are your fall staples? Which fall fashion trend is your favorite? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Fashion Tips: 5 Ways to Define Your Style

Fashion Tips: 5 Ways to Define Your Style

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”- Rachel Zoe

I began my style journey when I realized there was a disconnect between who I was and the style I presented. I felt like I wasn’t being “me.”

In order to find myself through style, I tried a lot of different things out. In fact, I am still testing out new trends and identifying what is authentic to me. It has given me a better idea of what clothing I like and what my *aesthetic* is.

If you want to define your style, here are five things that I would recommend doing:

Conduct a Closet Inventory. Take a look at the clothes you currently have and evaluate what you like and don’t like. Also, think realistically about how your current closet matches up with your lifestyle. Depending on your job, you may need more dressy clothes than casual items. Get rid of the clothes that are no longer serving you.

Look for Inspiration. If you are not sure exactly what you like, browsing helps! Look at Pinterest and style bloggers for outfit ideas. You can even window shop at the mall. If you see a trend you like, try it out. Style is fun to experiment with.

Try Personal Styling. Another opinion may open your eyes to brands and styles that you never even considered. You could even find some of your new favorite items through personal styling. I use Qatch; it’s a styling via text service. Feel free to use code “Megan” and my link to try it for free.

Write it Down. Think about how you would actually describe your style. What adjectives would you use? What is your personal style mission statement? Don’t be afraid to actually write it out. If you are a more visual person, laying out mood boards can help too. Mood boards are also great for determining a color palette.

Be Open to Evolution. Let’s face it, Vogue looks a lot different than it did five years ago. Fashion changes, trends change, and your style may change too. But, it’s a fun journey. Don’t just limit yourself to one “glow-up.”

What do you want your dream closet to look like? What’s your style? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Not So Basic: How-To Upstyle Your Crewnecks

Not So Basic: How-To Upstyle Your Crewnecks

The season of *cozy* is upon us. I don’t know about you, but when cooler weather comes my go-to is a comfy crewneck. Unfortunately, If you add Uggs and a PSL, you get the ultimate basic look.

In order to make my loungewear a little more stylish, I came up with three *not so basic* DIYs:

The Raw Hem Vintage Crop

I love a good thrift find. A while back, I found this Hilfiger crew at Goodwill. Yes, it’s pretty cute already. But, there’s a simple way to upgrade it.

I took a pair of scissors and cut right above the thick waistband. Once it was cropped at the length I liked, I stretched the fabric from the bottom. This is key to do when cropping. Stretching the raw hem will make any imperfections of cutting less visible. Also, stretching out the fabric is what gives you the “rolled-up” fabric effect.

Before the DIY, the crewneck looked a bit slouchy. But now, it is the perfect length for my body and mid-rise jeans.

The Embellished Cute & Casual Crew

This crewneck has been in my closet for a while. I even cropped it previously. I figured it was time for another revamp.

For this DIY, I picked up some pearl beads at the craft store. I knew I already had a needle and black thread at home. Overall, there is not a lot of expense involved in this DIY, but you do have to commit some time.

I sewed on each bead individually. In a linear pattern, I started at the top and worked my way down until I felt like there was enough decor on my shoulders.

If I were to do this again, I think it would be fun to mix up the pearl placement. You could do pearls on just the arms. You could do pearls around the neckline. There are a lot of different ways to make it your own.

The Personality Piece

I recently brought this crewneck home from Target. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t an impulse buy. I love the unique puff on the shoulders and the blush color. I got it in a size large so it would be oversized. For reference, I am typically a size small.

I thought this cute crewneck could use a delicate DIY. I picked up three embroidered iron-on letters. They read “MTM” for my podcast “Megan Till Midnight.”

I placed the letters where I wanted them and just ironed. It was an easy, cheap, and no-sew hack!

This is another DIY where you can play around with different placements (and of course, different words). It’s pretty simple, but small details can really enhance a look.

Which DIY was your favorite? Which DIY would you try? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Style Mood Board: Looks I Have Been Loving

Style Mood Board: Looks I Have Been Loving

Lately, I’ve been working on defining my style and revamping my closet. Quarantine has really given me the time to go piece by piece of my current wardrobe and ask “does this spark joy?”.

To get some new outfit inspiration, I took to Pinterest and created a style board. 90+ pins later, I started to see some common trends and a color palette.

Here’s a summary of what I’ve been loving:

Puffy Sleeves. Admittedly, I have not always been a fan of the puff, but now I can’t get enough. They are fun and add an interesting dimension to any look.

One Shoulder Crops. These tops are so cute yet so simple. The asymmetrical look can really upgrade an outfit without much effort.

Midi Skirts. Are these all over your Instagram feeds too? They look so comfy, flow-y, and carefree.

Embroidered Crewnecks. I have always been a fan of comfy crewnecks. But, not all of my crewnecks are what I’d consider *fashionable*. Embroidery gives crewnecks a cleaner look.

Frills. Need I say more?

High-Waisted Pants. Personally, I find high-waisted more flattering on my body than low-waisted. If we went back to the early 2000’s, I may feel differently.

Pastel Colors. Greens, pinks, and tans have been my go-tos lately.

My current closet holds some of the listed looks, but I am still on the hunt for others. I may have to jump on the “thrifting my Pinterest board” bandwagon…

Which looks do you love? Where do you shop? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

The Shirt-Skirt Style Hack

The Shirt-Skirt Style Hack

This fashion DIY is one I have used and loved for a while. It requires no cutting or sewing, and you most likely have all you need in your closet.

I first discovered this hack when I was getting ready for a concert. I had a shirt and shoes picked out, but I didn’t have bottoms to complete my outfit. I knew I wanted to wear a skirt, but none of mine seemed to match.

I looked through my closet a bit more and came across a pattern that would match perfectly. When I pulled out the item, I realized it was a button-up shirt. I noticed it was a bit oversized which got me thinking.

I took the shirt’s arms around my waist and tied them. I then buttoned the shirt down my thighs. It ended up being the skirt I never knew I had.

Now, whenever I need a little variety or a pop of color, a shirt-skirt is my go-to. It makes for a cute and fairly effortless look that’s perfect for summer. It’s easy to imagine me going to a farmer’s market or on a coffee shop date in this outfit:

The next time you are stumped on what to wear, try it out!

Have you ever worn a shirt-skirt? What’s your favorite style hack? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Steal That Look: Micro Bags

Steal That Look: Micro Bags

Since Lizzo’s look at the American Music Awards, micro bags have been in the spotlight. Dupes on dupes on dupes of her bag have been created. But, that is just the tip of the trend. The average consumer (that is not walking down the runway everyday) has created a market for micro bags that are compatible with the day-to-day life.

As YouTube personality Blair Walnuts says, you need enough space for “tampons, a will to live, and lipgloss” in a bag. Fair enough. She has been sporting a micro, Jacquemus bag on her Instagram with room for just that. I will admit, when I saw this in my feed, I went right to the online store to check it out.

self-coined her “titty bag”, loves it

The micro Walnuts has goes for $750 USD when bought directly from Jacquemus (not including shipping and handling). There are other sites where you maybe able to score a deal, but it will still cost a few hundred. The bag is very cute, but it’s not too attractive on a bank statement (in my opinion).

check out her aesthetic page, @blairwalnuts

If you want to steal the look *affordably* you can consider some dupes. Fashion Nova has some pretty good ones. The “Dare to Handle Me Mini Bag” ($19.99 USD) comes in rose and black; it has similar features to the designer version, but it differs with a gold chain strap. The “Our Little Secret Bag” ($24.99 USD) looks almost exact to the real Jacquemus, except for the gold lettering of course. The only catch is it only comes in red, but hey if that’s your color, perfect!

Fashion forward, adorable, and now fairly affordable…the micro bag may find its way into your purse collection (& I’ll admit, mine as well). We can complain together about how our phones don’t fit in it.