The New Year is often a time many people create resolutions to improve their lives. One resolution could be to find your personal style and develop a wardrobe that you love. Here are some ways that you can make this resolution stick!
Think (and Buy) Slowly
Refine your wardrobe and your style by cutting out impulse purchases. Take a step back from the world of fast-fashion and look for items you can love for longer than a season. Be thoughtful with your purchases by evaluating every piece that you bring into your home. This will ensure that items will be worn once you purchase it!
Tip: Remove impulse purchases from your closet by decluttering. Try this: start by putting sticky notes on hangers or items. Write the date of your next purge session and if the item isn’t worn by then, donate or toss the item.
Sometimes a little attention is all that is needed to keep clothes that you love. For example, getting items altered or patching up a small hole can help you make the most of the items you already love and own. This can prevent impulse purchases.
Sort What You Already Have
Some studies say that we only use 20% of our wardrobes 80% of the time, so there’s bound to be pieces that you already wear and love. Sorting through what you have is a good way to identify the items you love wearing. Be sure to go through every single item – even ones that fell off of their hanger.
Use the items that you love as a guide for what you add to your wardrobe. Look for trends such as the styles you tend to go for. This can help you see what is lacking from your wardrobe and what you want to try. Sorting your items will help you find what works for your body type, personality, and style.
Tip: If you have hampers built-into your closet system, use these to help you sort through items. Line the bin with a large trash bag. When you’re ready, haul the bag to the thrift store rather than the laundry machine. Items you’re keeping can be placed back into your closet.
Having some kind of documentation of all of the clothes you own will help refine your style. It’s also a great reminder that your wardrobe is filled with great things. Documenting outfits will help you record your favorite options and allow you to try new combinations. Don’t forget to include accessories. Using an app is a popular and easy way to catalog your items.
Tip: Use a valet rod to combine separates and create outfits. This is a great accessory for any closet system.
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