The New Year is here and resolutions will be ablaze. Losing weight, being more fiscally responsible are the large ones but are we thinking about building a better wardrobe? Think about it, are you really happy with what you wear? When you open your closet do you feel as though you are greeting old friends or random associates? Why not get out of that rut of drab dressing by shopping aimlessly and instead for the New Year build a better wardrobe with these four tips.
You know the whole keep, toss and donate; well it is time to apply this to your wardrobe. Take everything out of your closet and keep all the pieces that can go with at least three items in your wardrobe and make you look amazing with little to no effort. That means your classics, your staple pieces. Toss, anything that you would never want to be caught wearing if you bumped into your enemy. Also, throw out things you have not worn in three years or more, items that don’t fit etc. Donate any items that are gently worn but may not serve a purpose in your wardrobe anymore. Refrain from donating items that are stained or dirty, no one wants to wear filthy clothes.
Survey Your Lifestyle
Many times, we purchase items for a lifestyle we don’t have. Honestly, how many raves do you go to if you are a stay at home mom? How many white tie affairs did you attend in the past year? So why are you buying 5-6 gowns? We all have special occasions, interviews, social events, work uniforms etc., so take a true survey of your lifestyle and think about where those clothes will truly fit into the events of your life.
Shop With a List
When you go to the grocery store you shop with a list right? Same should apply for your wardrobe. After you have cleaned out your closet, make a list of things your wardrobe is lacking. Do you not have a variety of basics; do you not have a little black dress, how about a special occasion outfit? Next time you’re in the store bring your wardrobe list and shop only from that.
Shop Smart Sales
Sales whether online or in store can be very seductive, very seductive. Low prices can lure you into buying things you don’t really need. Instead, use every ounce of self-control when shopping these post-holiday sales and go for staples like blazers, dark pants and items that have purpose in your wardrobe.
Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.
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