What do you do when you buy a new item of clothing or accessory?

We all have at some time or another purchased clothing / accessory items that have taken up space in our wardrobes and never been worn. If you have unworn shopping purchases in your wardrobe or are planning to make new purchases then this post is for you. Let’s look at what you can do with a new purchase to ensure that it is worn and not just a waste of money and a forgotten piece that clutters up your wardrobe space. An item of clothing does not become a valuable part of your wardrobe until it is transformed into a styled outfit that suits your personality style and lifestyle needs and is worn.

When I make a new purchase I take some time within the first week of bringing it home to play dress ups in my wardrobe to find outfit combinations with what is already in my wardrobe.  This process gives me the opportunity to rethink my purchase and ensure the purchase is going to positively contribute to my wardrobe and style and not be a waste of money. It also means I can return the purchase if I find it does not mix and match with what I already have. This is also a great way to determine the gaps in your wardrobe and give you direction for what you need in your wardrobe.

Last week I purchased a ‘Motto’ skirt and top for the upcoming autumn / winter season. This post outlines the first of 4 different approaches for styling this new purchase.


When I am styling for myself or a client I am always thinking of creating a cohesive look from head to toe not just putting on a top and skirt. The following images show how I have used necklaces, earrings, scarves and shoes to create a number of outfits for different aspects of my life from casual to semi formal.


The shoes in these outfits create an out and about casual look suitable for my general day to day activities such as coffee dates, personal appointments and family activities.

smarter casual outfits (1)

Just by changing the style of shoe and jewellery I have created smart casual  looking outfits suited to my professional activities and going out to dinner.


Now what about semi formal outfits. I don’t have many occasions for formal wear but by lifting the level of refinement of my jewellery and shawls I believe I could wear these outfits to a semi formal event and feel comfortable.

So far playing in  my wardrobe has resulted in 9 new outfits ranging from casual to formal and a photographic record in case I forget some of my combinations. This skirt and top is not going to be returned because these pieces are going to become very versatile and valuable items in my autumn / winter wardrobe.

The styling of this skirt and top is by no means finished so be on the lookout for Parts 2, 3 & 4 as I further explore ways of styling this new purchase.

Hope this encourages you to look, find and create from your wardrobe.

2 thoughts on “How to Style a New Purchase – Part 1”

  1. Fun accessories do make a difference. All are attractive, but I am particularly fond of the black strap shoes with the emerald green necklace and the one next to it with the turquoise shoes. It will be fun to see what you design in the future.

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