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I am focusing on one of my favorite aspects of “normal,” everyday life…fashion. Honestly, this post reflects more hope than practice as I am sitting here in a t-shirt and shorts without one event on my immediate schedule. Still, I realize this is the perfect opportunity to shop my own closet for outfits to wear when I am finally unleashed on the world. It’s time cruise my closet to find new outfit combinations.

Cruise My Closet - Make New Outfit Combinations

Yesterday, I actually caught a wave of optimism and I am riding on it! I was struck with the hopeful revelation that we’ve made it this far and yes; God will take us to the end. Life will go on…we’ve already got months behind us, and we will eventually emerge to live amongst people once again.

cruise my closet - new outfit combinations

How many times have you uttered the “I don’t have anything to wear” phrase? In my opinion, this statement runs a close second to “I’m bored,” because I believe both have an evident remedy. If you’re bored, get up and do something.

If you have a closet full of clothes and still think you have nothing to wear, then it’s time to cruise your closet to find new outfit combinations.

First, you will need to take stock of your current wardrobe.

  • Cull through your wardrobe.
    • Get rid of everything that no longer fits. It’s time to dress the body you have today.
  • Narrow down your sentimental outfits.
    • It’s ok to have a few sentimental outfits but be realistic about how critical the outfit is to the memory.
  • Take stock of your foundation pieces.
    • Do you have the necessary wardrobe pieces to build upon? If not, it’s time to make a list of essential foundation pieces that you need.

Closet My Cruise – Find New Outfit Combinations

Focus on a few specific clothing pieces you would like to use in different ways. Today, I pulled out a Calvin Klein striped maxi skirt. I’ve kept this piece for years because I know it has untapped potential as a foundation piece in my wardrobe.

Mix and match this item with various foundation pieces. This is your opportunity to try things you wouldn’t normally gravitate to. Also, you can experiment with new ways to tie, belt, and layer the item to make new outfit combinations.

maxi skirt - new outfit combinations

After looking through my closet, I came up with seven different ways to wear this maxi skirt in new ways. I switched things up by using jewelry and belts. Then, I layered on different clothing pieces.

Notice that I chose bright-colored shoes and jewelry to break up the black and white palette.

maxi skirt - new outfit combinations

Which one is your favorite?

I really enjoyed taking the time to dream up new outfit possibilities for the future. My closet cruise gave me an emotional retreat from the sameness of my current life and brought joy.

We are wired to thrive on hope…just knowing that things can and will be better gives us the strength to press on.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Here’s a video with some of my recent thoughts for keeping hope alive!

It’s my heartfelt desire that each of you would walk in hope today and every day. Whether it’s family, baking, fashion or funny videos; search for sources of joy. Then, that joy can overflow into hope.


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  1. looks great ..I should do a mix and match too. Thanks for joining us in Bloggers Pit Stop – Pit Stop Crew

  2. Great post, Shellie! I had a similar maxi skirt that I no longer own and now I’m wishing I did. Your seven different ways to style the skirt look gorgeous!

  3. Great looks, all seven. What a great idea to wear the maxi skirt as dress. Looks awesome.

  4. mireille says:

    I love this: I have several maxi skirts that I have not been wearing and that is what I should do: find creative ways to wear them. I do not want to get rid of them so I will take inspiration from you. I really like the idea of changing them up into a dress.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Maxi skirts are not my natural go-to pieces, so it was nice to take some time to think through some outfits.