You might be heading into the new season hoping it's going to be an opportunity to make yourself even more stylish - and we're here to help you make it happen. Whether you are clinging to old clothes that never get worn or items that were bought on a whim and ended up only being put on once, we are all guilty of making decisions too quickly, when it comes to our wardrobe. To create space, save money and showcase the contents of your dressing room, adopt the following tips and you will be fully satisfied with your clothing choices.
Don't buy an outfit for just one occasion
Who has not done so? A wedding, a Christmas Eve party, a cocktail on a Friday evening with colleagues. Mark a planned outing on your agenda and you will immediately feel that you have nothing to wear for the occasion. Immediately, you want to wear an outfit that those around you should not know. However, more often than not, although we like the piece we buy, it can only be worn for a few occasions.
Instead of buying something too specific for certain events, try having a few more dressy pieces in your wardrobe. Pieces that will be more versatile. If you buy simpler and more classic pieces, you will be able to wear them regularly. Accessorised judiciously, they will offer a renewed look for each outing.
Don't buy and / or keep something that doesn't suit you
It's not uncommon to hang on to items that no longer suit us in the hope that they will one day get our full attention. It is also not uncommon to buy an item of clothing (dress, skirt, blouse, top ...) in a size too small as an incentive to lose weight or because it was not our usual size. However, holding on to those items - which you can't physically wear - is one of the worst things you can do if you're trying to downplay your wardrobe.
Don't buy just because it's a good deal
It's easy to be won over by a big discount. However, you should take advantage of the big discounts only if the desired piece represents something that you really need to add to your wardrobe. Never buy an item of clothing just because the discount is good.
When you invest in one garment, get rid of another
A great way to keep your wardrobe sizeable is to follow this rule: one piece that fits for one that goes out. Every time you add something new, choose something that doesn't or no longer has a place in your wardrobe, sell it, or better yet, donate it to charity. This way, in addition to being useful to people who will thank you for thinking of them, your shelves and hangers will be available to better organise your new acquisitions. Also, by adopting this new habit, knowing that you are going to have to part with an item of clothing, you will never buy something unless you love it for sure.
Extravagance might not be for you
Often, we limit ourselves to the style that has dressed us for many years, which sometimes leads to a certain boredom, which is present as soon as the doors of our dressing room are opened. The feeling of not finding anything flattering overwhelms us. Be careful not to get too excited by buying something that you like because it breaks with your usual style. Are you sure that once you get home, this piece will not sit on your hanger or your shelf? Keep in mind the clothes and outfits you like to wear. What would be the novelty to acquire to give a new shine to the whole? Think of it as a constant and evolving process, rather than going back to square one every month.
Allowing yourself to buy a really nice piece every month, rather than having two big shopping sprees a year, will likely result in more thoughtful decisions and, therefore, a much more stylish wardrobe.
Make tough decisions
Nobody likes to throw things away. Parting with a piece of clothing is sometimes about letting go of happy memories, which can be very difficult to do. However, you don't have to hang on to everything you've never liked, especially if it's clothes you haven't worn in several years. If you really can't stand the thought of parting with something, store it tightly packed in a box and a few years later you may have less qualms about parting with it.
Create the ideal outfit for different circumstances
One of the big misconceptions when it comes to being stylish is that you should never buy outfits like the ones you already own. Of course, no woman can get along with seeing a collection of jackets or pants in the same shade in her wardrobe. However, don't be afraid to make the most of your dress style. Your daily outfits are certainly in perfect harmony with your professional activity and your leisure activities. If we take a look at what TV news anchors or certain women in the public domain wear, we find that they have adopted a style that is characteristic of them. All of the most stylish women in the world have their own uniform - they keep the simplest styles, they know what makes them stand out on a daily basis, and they keep in mind what suits them best when shopping.
Take stock regularly
It sounds obvious, but it's easy to forget what's stowed in the back of the stack or tucked away under other clothing. Each season, you have to put forward the clothes best suited to the weather and the family outings that will appear on your agenda. This will allow you to better define that it could be the top or the skirt that would go perfectly with what you already have.
Know how to restore
Many of us feel guilty about throwing away clothes as soon as they get damaged. However, just because a garment is a little worn doesn't mean it should be thrown away. It's easy to find a seamstress to do repairs that you can't do on your own. Any alteration can be done, whether to shorten pants or a dress, sew up or change a zip.