feb 4 2014

Repurpose 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 more into the mainstream of your wardrobe? Be less concerned with categorizing your clothing pieces and you’ll get much more wear out of them.

You may have a jacket that you thought was best for evening but mixing it in with a simple shirt and jeans may mean you can wear it to many more places. Do you have a dress that you’ve only worn with heels? Try dressing it down with boots and a jean jacket. A more casual blouse may look ordinary with your casual pants on the weekend but consider pairing it with a sassy skirt while adding a statement necklace.

Get cash back

This is the perfect time to 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 the pieces, be honest. Maybe they’re just not right. Recoup some of the financial loss when you take them to a local consignment store and get some cash back. Or sell your items at online stores like eBay. Once you get your non-usable items out of your closet, you’ll be more apt to wear what you have!

Be cautious about fast fashion

There are a lot of sources for fast fashion. Looks that are popular on the runway are copied for stores famous for their low price points. You might pick up a lookalike item for a fraction of the cost. This can be great unless it’s an addictive pastime. When fashion is inexpensive it can become a habit and before you realize it, those $15 to $25 items start adding up. You may have a closet full of cheap clothes that you haven’t invested a lot of money in. If they only last one season, are you okay with that? It’s too easy to purchase fast fashion without thinking it through. Stop this habit now.

On the other hand a few fast fashion items can be a boon to your wardrobe. Shop discreetly and you can add in some accessory pieces or inexpensive tops. This will save you money to spend on quality items that you’ll wear over and over again. Quality items make your inexpensive items look richer.

Protect what you’ve got

Take a weekend to protect the things you own, wear, and love. Buy shoetrees to protect your shoes from looking more worn than they need to. Purchase lotions or sprays that will protect your suede and leather shoes or handbags and follow the products instructions. Cedar blocks are great to slip into storage bins that hold your wool items. Any store with a closet section will have products that will protect your clothes from moths. Take time to remove items from the floor of your closet and clean it thoroughly. Take a feather duster and get any webs out of the corners of your closet. What stays protected will stay with you much longer. 

Study labels

If you buy items that require dry cleaning, you are going to continue to spend money on their upkeep. If you don’t want that extra expense, make a point of studying the labels sewn inside the clothes. You’ll learn what the fiber content and care instructions are. If an item requires hand washing, are you someone who will follow through and do that? An item may end up at the bottom of your dirty clothes hamper and not be worn again! That’s not a good investment. Some fibers will wear a lot better than others. Sea Island cotton or Pima cotton are high quality and will be identified in the label. You may pay more for items using those fibers but they’ll last much longer.

Stop the spending

Put yourself on a shopping fast for a specific amount of time. Shopping for things “out there” can be so tempting. But if you keep adding things to your closet without using what you already have you’ll not be any further ahead. You can make rules for yourself. For every new thing you buy, let something go. Give yourself a monthly challenge to make new outfits from what you already own.

Hire a stylist

Spending large or small amounts of money on items that don’t work out for you is a waste. It’s a loss to your pocket book, your self-esteem and a drain on your time. What’s much more efficient is to hire someone who really knows this subject inside and out. There are experts that help us with our gardens, homes, finances, and careers. When you hire a stylist to help you with your wardrobe, you’ll learn how to be smart with your time and money. Getting dressed will be easy, efficient, and a source of joy.