It’s easy and tempting to just head out and shop when facing a closet full of clothes and “nothing to wear.” Here are some alternatives. Any one of them will help you put your best foot forward this year.
Remix your clothes | Take a new look at your older clothes.
Is there something in your closet that you’ve been saving for “good” that could be brought into more frequent circulation?
Don’t worry about categorizing your clothing, and you’ll get much more wear out of it.
Got an “evening” jacket? Pair it with a simple shirt and jeans, and you can wear much more often. Dress down your dress with boots and a jean jacket. Or that casual top you normally wear with casual pants on the weekend and wear it with a cute skirt and a statement necklace.
Edit | Go through your closet and edit out what you’re not wearing.
You may have some items that still have price tags on them! When you look at what’s in your closet, be honest. Some of the pieces may just not be right. Recoup some of the cost by selling them through a consignment store or on eBay. Once you get your non-usable items out of your closet, you’ll be much more likely to wear what you have!
Beware | Fast fashion is fun, but it has its pitfalls.
Yes, you can pick up a look-alike item for a fraction of the cost of the runway piece. And that can be great—unless you develop an addiction to fast fashion. It’s too easy to purchase fast fashion without thinking it through. You can end up with a closet full of cheap clothes—pieces that may not look good beyond a couple of wearings and then just hang in your closet, adding clutter.
On the other hand, a few fast-fashion items can be a boon to your wardrobe. Shop with care and you can absolutely bring some big-impact accessories into your wardrobe for very little investment. This may allow you to spend a little more on pieces you know you’ll wear over and over again.
Protect | Commit some time to getting your closet in order so your beautiful clothes are in the best possible shape. We’re talking shoetrees, suede and leather weatherproofing products, and cedar blocks. You’ll be able to get a lot more wear from the things you love if you take care of them.
Study | Look before you leap and only buy what is realistic for your lifestyle. Skip the dry-clean-only stuff, even though you’re tempted, if you haven’t been inside a dry cleaner in years. Otherwise, you may just be buying something that will hang in your closet—unworn.
Stop | Take a brief shopping break.
Sure, all those shiny things out there can be tempting, but if you keep adding things to your closet without using what you already own, you’re not really moving forward with your style. Or make some rules: For every new thing you buy, let something else go.
Get help | It’s a big bummer to spend money on items that don’t work out. It’s also a downer for your self-esteem and a drain on your time.
Instead, consider hiring someone who really knows this subject inside and out. When you hire a stylist to help you with your wardrobe, you’ll learn how to be smart with your time and your money, so that getting dressed will be easy … efficient … and a source of joy.
(Ketura Persellin is a DC-based wardrobe and style consultant. She helps women and men look and feel their best. Contact her to schedule your complimentary get-acquainted session.)