The arrival of spring pushes warm clothes to the back of the closet and brings short-sleeved shirts and lighter clothes back into rotation. This is a perfect time to evaluate what you have, what you might need to get rid of, and whether or not there are key current pieces to add. I went to My Sister’s Closet, San Diego’s largest couture consignment store, last week to have a look at the designer bargains that might just spiff up my spring wardrobe. That purple Prada dress in the photo above? I took it home with me.
Not sure how to revive your wardrobe? Top fashion stylist and style expert for My Sister’s Closet in San Diego, Mahjuba Levine, shares cost-effective tips to perk up your outfits and discusses several must-haves.
Add Bright Accessories
This spring is full of color from pastels, neons to lots of florals. A great tip to incorporate color this season without splurging on a whole new wardrobe is to add bright accessories. A lightweight scarf, a pop of color in your shoe or adding bold jewelry can update your look while staying in your budget.
Get the Right Pair of Jeans
A must have in every woman’s wardrobe is a base of three pairs of jeans. Two of them should be the length to wear with flats (we are moms and wear flats more) and one longer pair for heels in a dark wash. Once you have these, you can bring in some fun and trendy pieces like colored jeans, skinnies or printed—just make sure to find the right fit for YOUR body type. Choose the right fit for you first and not what’s on trend or what others are wearing.
My Sister’s Closet has a huge selection of designer jeans. The James Jeans in the photo are just $34.95 and $44.95. And, wow, a Prada shirt for $44.95!
Embrace A Staple – White T-Shirts
It’s amazing how simple items can be worn in a million different ways. The perfect example is a white t-shirt/tank. Make sure to have a minimum of three. You don’t need to have three of the same shirt, so vary it up with a v-neck, scoop, rounded, etc. according to your body type. They are perfect pieces to put with a cute blazer or cardigan, skinny jeans and a bright statement scarf or turn it up at night and pair it with a sequin skirt and cute pumps!
Oh, and did we say pumps? These Louboutins are well less than retail. Prices vary by shoe.
Learn the Rule of 3
When shopping for new spring items or just in general, always use the rule of Three. Can you wear each item three different ways? If not, don’t buy it! 3 is the magic number!
Thanks Mahjuba for the tips!
About My Sister’s Closet
My Sister’s Closet was the idea of three sisters, Ann, Jenny and Tess, who wanted to open a resale store that looked like a clean, cute and current resale boutique. Their brand new San Diego location is located in Costa Verde, across from UTC mall.
Just because you’re not wearing clothes in the back of your closet, doesn’t mean that someone else won’t. Re-purpose them (it’s eco-friendly) and perhaps pocket a little cash by consigning at My Sister’s Closet. They will take designer items that are like-new, clean, no more than 4-5 years old, authentic, and have a retail value of $40 or more.
Take your earnings and roll them into pieces that Mahjuba mentioned above. That Prada dress I bought is perfect for spring, looks brand new, and was $125. That’s a steal. The D&G skirt didn’t fit (so sad), but that was $59.95. Prices are at just a fraction of what these same items would retail for in a department store.
Also, prom is on the horizon. There are lots of very reasonably priced dresses up for grabs. On the left is a brand new, tags on Nanette Leopore dress for $62.95 and a Betsey Johnson dress for $35.95.
This dress is Chloe. And, if it was my size, it would be in my closet.
Other brands I saw included a ton of St. John, Tory Burch, MaxMara and Louis Vuitton. It’s all new or like new. Stop by next time you’re in the area and have a look! You’ll love it. Follow them on Facebook too where they are giving away a $250 shopping spree and two hours of personal styling with Mahjuba.
*This post is sponsored by My Sister’s Closet. Dress bought by me.