Shopping my closet II

A few months ago I took everything out of my closet, decluttered a few pieces that I hadn’t worn in ages, cleaned the shelf and washed the floor and then put everything back in. I love a good closet declutter! I hung everything on a hanger facing the wrong way so that, if in six months or so, there was anything remaining on a hanger facing the wrong way I’d know that piece can probably be sold or donated.

One of the pieces still on a hanger facing the wrong way was my chambray shirt. I bought it years ago thinking that I would wear it all the time. That hasn’t been the case. I decided to hit up Pinterest again to see if I could breathe some new life into this piece.

The inspiration:


*image from Pinterest

My outfit:

Closet Declutter and new inspiration

One of the reasons I never reached for this top is that the arms would end up looking wrinkled and bunchy, so I styled it a bit differently than I have in the past. Instead of cuffing the sleeves three times and using the button tab, I only cuffed the sleeves twice. It was a lot more comfortable and didn’t sit right in the crook of my elbow.

The second styling note for this outfit is that I would previously never have tucked a top like this into a tight skirt because of the unsightly lines and extra bulk in the stomach area. With this outfit I decided not to worry about that. I have lumps and bumps and that’s ok! I paired the top with my beloved Everlane pencil skirt and I think it worked well.

Outfit #2 for an old piece

I’m also planning on wearing this shirt under a black cardigan and with black jeans and flats on casual Friday.

Closet declutter outfit inspiration

Lastly, I think it looks cute knotted at the waist for a casual look.

What do you think? Is this shirt a keeper? Have you ever done a closet declutter?

I’d love to know if you guys are enjoying these shopping my closet posts. I could make them a regular series if you are! Let me know in the comments.


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  1. You rock those outfits!! I love denim tops, they suit with so many outfits and can be dressed up so well for work!

  2. Loved the idea about turning the clothes in the closet! I would never have thought of that…I go through my closet quite often as I get tired of clutter…going to start using this method…Thanks!

  3. The top is definitely a keeper! I like all the different ways you styled it – I feel like a denim shirt is a must-have for everyone. Plus those shoes are SO cute!!

    Sarah |

  4. I love both of these styling options! I have a very similar shirt that I didn’t wear for so long then realised how perfect it was for dressed down days and became obsessed with it. I wouldn’t have thought to put mine with a skirt like that but yours looks great. I agree though, I hate when fabrics bunch up when they’re tucked in x


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