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Wardrobe Makeover: Part 3 – Closet Inventory

July 14, 2010

For the third part of my wardrobe makeover I did a little closet clean-out. I went through every item in my closet and sorted it into three piles: keep, trash, and sell. I determined which pile to put each item in using pretty simple criteria. If the item was damaged (so much so that was unwearable) it went to the trash pile. If the item hadn’t been worn in over a year, no longer fit me, or didn’t fit with the preppy-eclectic look I was going for…it went to the sell pile. I kept everything else.

I went through everything I had left and made a list of all the “essentials” that I still need (keep in mind this list is mostly for fall-early winter). This is what I came up with:


* Navy blazer

—> Check: Picked one up from Goodwill for a cool $3.99

* Black blazer

—> Check: also from Goodwill (also $3.99) … stay tuned to see my new stuff in an upcoming post

* Basic t-shirts for layering: I’d like a white v-neck one and some kind of red one.

—> Check on the red one: I just bought a red t-shirt by Miley Cyrus and Max Azria from Walmart. $5.00

* Blouses to tuck into skirts (I’d like some kind of floral that goes with my color palette and a nice silky one… anyone have any recommendations?)

* Lace shirt

* Winter coat

—> Check: Goodwill (are you seeing a pattern here?) $6.99


* Black skinny jeans

—> Check: I got these J. Brand jeggings in black from Gilt with credit…so they were free.

* Dark wash skinnies

—> Check: Just bought these dark-wash jeggings from Old Navy ( I highly recommend them —so soft and they fit perfectly.) $25.00

* Flared, 70’s style denim

* Wide leg dress trousers

* Pencil skirt (preferably black)


* New LBD. It needs to be casual, though. I’m thinking something that can go from day to night.

* Fall dresses

—> Check: I got two new dresses from Goodwill, both for a total of $8.00. One is basic navy and the other is plaid.


* Black flats….mine are really old.

* Black boots

* Platform sandals (ones that I can wear with tights or knee socks)


* Grandpa-style watch (preferably gold since I already have a silver watch)

* Thick tights in grey

* Gold necklaces

As you can see, I’ve already picked up a few of these items but chances are, I won’t be adding all these items to my wardrobe any time soon ( I am trying to save at least a little money for school). I think these items are a good starting point though, because most of them are versatile enough to last year-round.

To get ideas for what I really needed in a “full wardrobe” I looked to this post by Jessica from What I Wore (Is anyone else super-psyched to read her upcoming book?). If you are looking to makeover your wardrobe I highly suggest the post.

For the next  installation of my wardrobe makeover I’ll be posting a video to share my new and improved wardrobe with you….so stay tuned!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily B permalink
    July 14, 2010 9:57 pm

    Hey Audrey,

    I am also going through my clothes and selling a lot for extra cash. Where are you planning on selling your clothes? I was thinking about Plato’s Closet or something, but I know they love to have extremely current clothes. All of the things I want to sell are in excellent condition, they just might be too “old” for a store like that. Please let me know if you have any suggestions! Thanks!


  2. July 14, 2010 11:09 pm

    I also had a great run at my local Goodwill the other day! Lots of cheap goodies :)

  3. July 15, 2010 9:32 am

    Hey Emily,

    I plan on taking the things I have that are big brands (like Old Navy, American Eagle….) to Plato’s Closet.

    The other things I am taking to Rag-O-Rama. I’m not sure where you live, but they have locations in Columbus, Indianapolis, and Atlanta. The Columbus one happens to be on campus, so I’ll be taking it there. They accept a variety of different clothing styles and even vintage clothes. If you plan on going to one, I would call first, because they are usually “looking” for specific things (they will say, for instance: we have enough jeans, we are looking for coats…. or something like that). If you don’t live near a Rag-O-Rama, I would look for another consignment shop, just because they will probably take older clothes, or off-brands.

    Hope it helps!


    I am glad to hear someone else is as Goodwill-obsessed as I am! I have a serious problem :)

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