Do you have piles and piles of unworn clothes collecting dust in your closet?
You keep those pieces in your closet because maybe you will wear it someday. Let's face it, you're not going to wear it again.
Why not simplify your wardrobe and only keep what you wear and what you like.
In this guide, we will let you know how to get started. Let's get on with it.
1) Evaluate Your Style
The first step when you're ready to simplify your wardrobe is to evaluate your lifestyle.
Everyone has those clothing items that have been hanging in the back of their closets for years with the hopes one day they will be in style again. If you want an example look back at the infamous velour tracksuits.
As the years go by, your style changes and in most cases you make better fashion choices.
Before you begin tossing everything in your closet, think of the type of wardrobe you need now. If you switched to an office job, you'll need more formal Monday through Friday clothes, rather than weekend clothes.
For those who work in retail or the fashion industry, you might need a combination of statement and classic pieces. Perhaps you love working out and the outdoors, then you'll need more athletic clothes.
Ensure your new wardrobe will have clothes to fit your current lifestyle but are also a reflection of who you are.
2) Detox Your Closet
After you evaluate your current style, this is the fun or sad part, it's time you detox your closet.
What to Keep
You don't have to get rid of everything in order to simplify your wardrobe.
If you have a few pieces that you love because you look fantastic in no matter what's in style, then you should keep those.
Remember to keep only the stuff that fits you. Everyone has the pair of skinny jeans back from college they're hoping to fit into again.
However, you should only keep clothes that make you feel your best, not clothes that remind you how you used to be thinner.
Also, keep those timeless pieces that are essential in every wardrobe such as, a little black dress, trench coat, skinny jeans, and a leather jacket to name a few.
What to Toss
How many times have you looked at a piece of clothing and didn't take it to the donation box in hopes one day you'll wear it.
If you want to simplify your wardrobe, there's no room for what-ifs.
Make three piles of clothes when you go through your closet to decide what you'll keep for sure, what you can't wait to donate, and what you're not sure of.
Take the items from the maybe pile and ask yourself when was the last time you've worn it. If it's been over a year, then your decision should be easy. No need to hold on to items you have not used for a while.
Then evaluate your 'no' pile. Are there any items in good condition you can sell? If not, you can always consider donating or throwing away.
3) Find Inspiration
After you detox your wardrobe, you might be left with gaps. You might have gotten rid of everything you didn't need and now you need to find inspiration for what you do need.
This doesn't mean you should run to the mall and buy it all back. As far as you know it might be right in front of you.
Take a look at what you have left and notice if you have a color scheme. Do you have a lot of black, white, or gray? Having basic colors is not a bad thing, in fact, it means you have more outfit possibilities.
You can search Pinterest for ideas on how to style your pieces. You will be able to find ways to mix your clothing items in ways you never had before.
4) Consider a Capsule Wardrobe
If you want to simplify your wardrobe and take it to the next level, you should consider a capsule wardrobe.
A capsule wardrobe is a simplified version of your closet that includes a certain amount of pieces that can be combined, dressed-up, or dressed-down. The point of it is to have these pieces in colors that can be combined with almost everything such as black, white, tan, leaf green, blush, and gray.
Everyone is different in what their style and need are. If you're not sure, this is an example:
- Bottoms: 1 for every 2 to 3 tops
- Casual tops:5 to 6
- Fancy tops: 2 to 3
- Sweaters or Cardigans: 1 to 2
- Statement Outerwear: 1 to 3 eg. leather jacket, trench coat, or leather jacket
- Dresses: 2 to 3
- Winter Coat
5) Add Missing Pieces
After doing all the work of detoxing your closet and finding inspiration, the fun part begins. No matter if you decide for a capsule wardrobe or not, you will have to get some missing pieces.
Replace the pieces that you tossed because they were old and overworn.
If you decide on the capsule wardrobe you might have to get a few items to complete it.
You might not need to buy clothes, maybe you only need to get quality accessories to dress-up your outfits.
6) Quality over Quantity
The key to a simplified wardrobe is to think about quality over quantity. If you tend to buy clothes only because they are on sale or they're cheap, you might get your closet cluttered again.
If you want to remain clutter free, you should change your mentality about how you shop for clothes.
When you invest in higher quality clothes, they tend to last longer and have more functionality.
If you begin thinking this way, you will stop shopping for the sake of shopping and will only buy the pieces that need replacing.
Ready to Simplify Your Wardrobe?
Hopefully, this guide will help you get started simplifying your wardrobe. Remember to evaluate your current style, detoxify your closet, and only keep what you need.
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