Reinvent your wardrobe - without breaking the budget
You’re standing in front of your wardrobe for what seems like an eternity. You’re just trying to pick out something to wear when you finally determine - you have no good outfits.
Let’s face it, we’ve all had those days. The same old lifeless pieces look back at you as you moodily ponder the new clothes you need to purchase ASAP. Although, sadly, they will be acquired too late for this specific occasion.
You end up settling on a tried & true outfit we have worn multiple times before. You leave the house feeling less than ecstatic about our stale & uninspired look.
But, before you rush out to the shops to give your credit card a serious work out, it may be worth taking a second look at what you already have.
The majority of us have far too many clothes. A fact that I’m sure you would refute when in those aforementioned ‘nothing to wear’ moments. But it’s true.
Generally, the problem is not the number of garments, but the type of pieces you own & how you look at them.
The first step to take when trying to maximise what you can get from your existing wardrobe is to declutter. Get rid of all pieces that are damaged beyond repair, don’t fit or haven’t been worn in over a year (excluding special occasion garments such as formal dresses).
Now move your attention to pieces that are damaged but can be repaired or need tailoring. Do you want them enough to put in a little time or money to get them fixed or altered? There is no use in hoarding pieces you can’t wear just because you like the idea of wearing them someday in the future … maybe … if you get around to it.
Onto the pieces you rarely wear, or those that have never even made it outside the wardrobe at all. Ask yourself why these garments didn’t work. Was the fit all wrong? Did you not like the colour or pattern? Was it simply just not you?
Try to pin down the exact reasons that the garment went unused. This way you can avoid repeating the same mistakes in future purchases, helping you to save money & ensure you’re not wasting valuable closet space on unwearable pieces.
If your wardrobe is still overflowing with excess clothing it may be time to take drastic measures. Consider implementing a rule for your wardrobe cleanout. For example, for every three garments you keep you must discard one. This will force you to think more carefully about your clothing & which pieces make valuable additions to your wardrobe.
Prevent this overcrowding situation from reoccuring by implementing a one in one out rule. Every time you purchase a new item, you must discard one piece from your closet.
This will ensure you truly love every piece you buy & don’t allow your wardrobe to fill up with unnecessary items.
Now there is more room in your closet, you’ll probably be able to see your pieces a little more clearly. This may help you put on those garments that used to get lost in the crowd.
Your wardrobe may hold more hidden gems & styling options than you could have previously imagined. But, to realise this potential, you have to get your creative juices flowing.
This can be done easily if you challenge yourself to part with your vast array of clothing options.
Limit yourself to a small number (maybe around 12 to 20) of pieces that you’re allowed to wear for the week.
This challenge will force you to come up with combinations you may have never considered. It will also reveal the potential that has been sitting right in front of your nose.
However, this challenge may also reveal any holes in your wardrobe.
For example, if your closet is lacking in basics, such as a pair of jeans, white t-shirt, blazer etc. & is mostly made up of fun & quirky pieces, it’s going to be very difficult to create a variety of looks with a limited number of garments.
Even the most stylish people draw inspiration from others to create their looks.
This doesn’t mean you need to go around trying to copy or replicate someone else's style. Instead, find people, publications or brands that have a similar aesthetic to you.
It may give you some new ideas about combining or styling garments.
Ask for help
Lure your most stylish friend to your house under the guise of free dinner & ask them to assist in putting together a few new looks.
No two people see garments in the same way. Meaning that no matter who they are, having a fresh pair of eyes look over your clothing options will result in an array of new styling ideas & clothing combinations.
If you are really struggling to find style inspiration & your budget allows, there is always the option of hiring a professional.
But before you get all excited & pick up the phone to book an appointment with a personal shopper. First, try enlisting the services of a stylist who can come to your house & help you create amazing looks with what you already have.
They will likely highlight the areas where your closet is lacking, which will usually be a basic staple piece or two that can be your next purchases when the ‘urge to splurge’ arises.
You’ll be surprised how much more your closet has to offer when you give it a little attention & TLC. Turns out that massive shopping spree & wardrobe overhaul may not be necessary after all!