Could You Shop Your Closet for Three Months?

Two thrifty movements are gaining a lot of attention in the fashion blogging world where I hang out.


You might have heard about the Great American Apparel Diet, in which people around the world banned shopping for a year, or the really crazy group who wore the same six items of clothing for an entire month.

Never one to miss out on a trend (but allergic to anything that includes the word “diet”), I decided to create my own challenge–the “Shop Your Closet” challenge. For the next three months, from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1, I will not buy any clothing–and because my editors hold me to very, very high standards, I am not allowed to buy accessories or shoes either. Whatever event comes up, whether it’s a job interview, wedding, holiday party, black tie event, or dinner out with my husband, I need to create the outfit from my own closet. One caveat: I am allowed to borrow. Girlfriends, hang on to your Coach handbags and Frye boots, because I am coming for you!

Luckily, I’m starting with a well-stocked closet. In July, I scored at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and popped some key fall pieces into my wardrobe. Here are my wardrobe workhorses:

Kenneth Cole cream silk tunic. This voluminous shirt is on-trend for fall and looks great loose, belted, or layered with a vest or jacket. I love wearing it with a long strand of pearls and expect this will be a much-used “going out” look.

GAP denim leggings. These superskinny pants are a combination of legging and jean—some call them “jeggings,” and over at, we’ve taken to calling them “leans.” Ideal under tunics and dresses, I have them in dark wash denim and black.

Club Monaco crinkled patent leather handbag. This bright red handbag was a hand-me-down from my friend, fashion stylist Angie Cox of It’s festive, fun and will keep my spirits high as the days become shorter and darker.

Frye Jane over-the-knee boots in taupe. Perfect over skinnies. I love how the chunky heel and boho vibe keep this tall boot from edging into “streetwalker” territory. I’ll be experimenting with wearing them with dresses too.

Bebe black moto jacket. I bought this at Bebe two years ago and have used it so much that the price-per-wear has been whittled down to pennies. The easiest way to add an edge to an otherwise standard outfit.

Scarf collection. Several lightweight wool scarves will bring color and textural interest to a neutral outfit – I’ve got gold, teal, fuschia and lime green options in my closet.

Fashionistas of the North Shore, could you shop your closet for three months? Are you willing to join me? Who’s in? Add your name in the comments and watch for my next installment!

See “Shop Your Closet: Facing a Family Photo Challenge”

See “Shopping My Closet for Holiday Cheer”