When a brand new year rolls around, it’s common for people to feel fed up with their wardrobe. But rather than going all out and buying a cupboard full of clothes, it’s wise to take some time to think over your wardrobe strategy for the year ahead. Not only will this save you money in the long run, but it will also help you get into the correct mindset to make sure you maximise what’s in it.
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Invest in staple pieces
When it comes to creating a cohesive wardrobe, staples are an absolute must. They’ll help you build the foundations of your outfits, giving you a central piece to work around and dress up or down with accessories. This is a great way to create multiple outfits from less items, because the staple piece will do the talking.
Make sure you have a couple of outfits for each different situation
Having versatile items that can be used for different occasions will mean you get more wear out of your wardrobe. It can be helpful to draw on the ideology behind capsule wardrobes. In other words, you should make sure most of your items can be mixed and matched to create different looks. Being able to wear the same items for casual occasions, to work or to more formal events can be achieved by accessorising, as well as changing up your hair and make-up.
Only buy pieces you know you’ll wear
While it’s helpful to create a strategy for your wardrobe, it’s important not to lose a sense of your style, or the kind of clothes you like to wear. This includes wearing comfortable items that make you feel good. Try on your existing clothes and decide what you want to donate to friends, sell online or give to charity. Clinging onto items in the hope that you’ll like them or fit into them soon will only mean you end up hoarding items.
Make sure everything you keep is in good condition
Particularly when investing in staple pieces, it’s important to keep things in good condition so you can give them a long life. There are plenty of ways to take care of your clothes. For starters, always make sure you read the washing instructions carefully – this can be the difference between wearing or not wearing your items if they shrink or become misshapen in the wash.
Shop around and make use of discounts and any reward points
Another way to get the best value for money for your clothes without compromising on quality is to use discounts or loyalty systems. For example, NHS workers can take advantage of M&S discounts. Also, if you spot an item you like online, wait a week or so in case you find anything similar for a better price or in a style that you prefer. Similarly, if you’re out shopping, visit a few additional shops and see whether you find anything better before coming back to it.