Are you thinking about changing the way you dress? Make sure you are doing it for all the right reasons. Don’t feel pressured to change the way you dress based off the opinion of others. If you do decide to go ahead with creating a new closet, here are a few things to consider before you start donating your clothes.
- Take some time to think about the new way you want to dress. Browse online, read fashion magazines and blogs to get style inspirations and outfit ideas. Utilize social media and view websites for different clothing stores to see what’s trending or what is available to purchase. Think about whether you need to buy clothes for work, parties or other social events. If you live in a country with a change of seasons, decide if you want to change your look for one or all of the seasons.
- Do a closet purge. Go through your closet and donate or sell items that you no longer need. Organize your remaining items so you can clearly see what you will need to add. Think creatively to see if there are items that you can revamp to create newer looks. Go through your closet in its entirety (Clothes, shoes, jewellery etc). Depending on the size of your closet this may take a few hours or days, therefore set the time to do it. Never do it while you are in a rush, or may end up throwing out things then regretting it. Don’t throw out all of your clothes at once. Which leads to my next point
- You can build a completely new closet over time without breaking the bank. Pace yourself. Create a budget that will work based on your income. Aim to buy one to three outfits per month until you eventually have all the things you need. Start shopping for basic items, then add statement pieces. Whichever style you decided to go with, buy clothes that you can mix or match to create different looks. While it may be tempting to buy clothes that are currently trending, try to buy only a few of these items. With a closet full of trendy clothes, you may find yourself wanting to buy new items in a few months when the style is no longer trendy. Purchase clothes that are timeless and can be worn for a longer time.
- Shop for quality instead of quantity. A good closet that works for you does not have to be large. You may have to spend a bit more money to buy a few good pieces that wont peel or lose its color when you clean them. I know it can be tempting to buy large amount of clothes for less, with this practice however you may end up spending more money replacing substandard items. If you do find a store that sells good quality pieces for less then go right ahead and make that purchase.
- Your closet is now growing, perfect! Don’t fall into the same practices you had before. Don’t buy items that you don’t think you will wear. If you have a special event coming up, check your closet first; see if there is anything you can wear. Try not to buy pieces that can only be worn to a specific place or event.
- Don’t over indulge. While I don’t believe that our closets are ever truly complete, set a target for the number of pieces that you really need. When you achieve this number cut back on the amount of clothes that you initially started purchasing each month. Try to only buy necessities that you absolutely cant do without.
When was the last time your upgraded your closet? Do you think its time for a change? Leave a comment below.