My mum and I still laugh at the days when I only wore leggings. Looking back, it is safe to say I have come a super long way from stacking up only thin cotton leggings in my wardrobe, to investing in capsule pieces that would last me years to come.
As a 17/18 year old, I hardly understood the importance of a quality wardrobe. If it was cheap and wearable, you could definitely count me in. It’s not the case anymore. I slowly got rid of all the cheap clothes I had stacked up over the years and started rewarding myself with more quality pieces. This year in particular, I cleaned out about half of my closet to make room for the things that really do matter. If I didn’t love it, then I was donating it.
It wasn’t till I got rid of all the extra piles of clothes that I started loving my pieces. Right there and then, I knew I had created a wardrobe suitable for me.
So how did I do this? Keep scrolling to see 5 easy ways to create a wardrobe suitable for you.
1) Clean Out: You need to clean out your current wardrobe to make room for the good stuff. Go through all your stuff – the things you wear often, things you have bought and have never worn, the things you hardly remember you own, the things you wear only once in a blue moon. After sorting, decide on which pieces you absolutely love and then try them on. Decide if these pieces need to be given out or sold if still in good condition.
2) Arrange: Now that you know which pieces are staying in your closet, it is time to arrange them according to everyday pieces, work pieces, event pieces and occasional pieces. This way, you know where everything is and you actually give your clothes an equal chance to be worn.
3) Add: You have arranged your new closet, so you definitely know what you need to add to it. Now is the time to do a double check on what accessories you need to invest in – for example, bags, shoes, earrings, hats etc All that good stuff makes a huge difference in the outcome of your outfit.
4) Invest: For me, add ons into my wardrobe are an investment. So these days, I just don’t buy because it is cheap. Certain things serve as my criteria for investment. These criteria include the make and design of my new item, the cost, the quality, and the timelessness of the item. If I am going to get tired of my new shoe purchase in another year or two, then it is a no for me. If that new shoe is uncomfortable or the leather looks like it will wear out, then it is a no for me. What’s the point of buying 3 $100 shoes when I can buy one $300 shoe that will serve me better? Sometimes, it is penny wise pound foolish.
Also, investments don’t need to break the bank. These days, I invest in quality pieces through shops like shop bop, outnet, Neiman Marcus, Saks, farfetch etc I particularly love these stores during the sale period as you are able to get a good number of things for the price of one during the normal season. All year round, stores such as Saks off fifth and last call are also great options.
5) Nurture: After all that work you put into your wardrobe, it would suck if your clothes or shoes weren’t kept properly. I like to hang my dresses up in dress bags, so that way they stay clean. I also store my shoes in their original shoe boxes or bags. My bags alike are stored in bags – this way, they don’t get dirty quickly or lose their original shape.
Growing up, you learn the importance of a stable wardrobe and I’m glad I’m finally getting it all together.
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