Changing seasons may be the best time to edit your closet, but you can always do it more often to ensure you’re keeping the clothes that serve you. Whether you aim to be more honest about so-so purchases and bad shopping habits, or making a concerted effort to identify your style and create ‘uniforms’ that work well together, keep on reading for the 5 steps to a better wardrobe.
- Keep the functional pieces that make you stylish and comfortable.
Be generous, ruthless, and honest in your edit as your closet must only have the clothes that flatter you and make you feel confident. Apart from keeping functional clothes, pay attention to the color, cut, and fabric that will make you stylish and comfortable. Also, think if it still fit and in good condition. Does it match your lifestyle and other pieces in my closet? This way, you’ll have a stylish and functional closet that will serve you for more years to come.
- Separate what needs to be dry-cleaned, repaired, and tailored.
Before bringing those loose clothes to a tailor, think first if you’ll really wear it when it’s tailored or repaired. Also, some clothes are high maintenance that needs to be dry-cleaned. If you’ve found some adorable piece that’s worn out or needs to be repaired, take it to a tailor to maximize your wardrobe without going shopping.
- Let go of motivational clothing.
From time to time, you may be struggling to let go of something that’s rarely worn, unloved, and gathering dust in the back of your closet, thinking that someday you’ll wear it. However, your closet and clothes must flatter your present body and you to wear in the present moment. So, let go of what’s kept because it’s expensive and popular, was purchased for a life you’re not leading, or vaguely reminds you of a memory or place.
- Give away or sell clothes in good-quality but you don’t like to wear anymore.
Remember, you won’t often wear what you don’t really like, so let it go to someone who will love it to bits. Donate pieces to charity, give them to friends or family, or repurpose items into craft projects. You may wish to have some experiences with local re-sell and exchange shops that can refresh your overall closet.
- Make a shopping list for your future buys.
Now that your clothes are sorted out, make a shopping list for your future buys. You may order needs and wants by what you need soonest and your budget. For instance, you may take note the colors, prints, materials, cuts, and styles you’ve kept, adored, and hoped for. Do the same for the ‘no’ guide so you remember what’s leaving and why the next time you shop. You can also add brands, trends, and items you purchase too often or too infrequently. If you’re aiming for a timeless wardrobe, you may go for colors like cream, black, gray, white, nude, navy, light blue, olive and such. If you’re more season-conscious shopper, take note of fabrics such as silk, cotton, wool, chambray, linen, cashmere, leather, suede and such. Also, there might be some cuts and styles appropriate for your body shape such as bateau, trapeze, v-neck, and crew-neck and such. Remember, proper wardrobe-building takes patience, prioritization, and time. So, identify your wardrobe gap, and follow our tricks to build a better wardrobe effortlessly.