How to Update Your Wardrobe For The New YearJanuary 9, 2019
The new year is the perfect time to throw out your old, unwanted clothes and refresh your wardrobe. This year, commit to building a wardrobe fitted to your lifestyle and your own personal taste by. If your closet is overflowing, yet you feel like you never have anything to wear, follow these steps to form a capsule wardrobe — this will help you get rid of any less-than-perfect choices and leave only your favorites.
Determine your style
The first step in creating a capsule wardrobe is to determine your style. Your clothes reflect your personality and tastes, so take some time to sit down and think of what kind of image you want to project. For inspiration, try creating a style board on Pinterest full of images that capture your taste. Blogs and magazines are also great sources for ideas.
In determining your style and what kind of pieces you want to fill your wardrobe with, consider how your choices will fit into your lifestyle. Make a pie chart to map out how many hours you spend on different kinds of activities in order to help you figure out what category of clothes you need. For instance, if most of your time is spent at work, you’ll need more professional pieces. On the other hand, if you spend a lot of time at the gym, you’ll need a few workout outfits.
Purge the old
Most minimalists advocate trying on every piece in your closet to decide what you really want to keep. Take a few hours and set up four trash bags labeled keep, sell, donate, and throw out. If your clothes aren’t in good condition, they should be thrown out. If they don’t fit your style or you haven’t worn them in over six months, you should sell or donate it. Look into resell apps that can help you get some extra cash for your old clothes.
Shop for new pieces
When you start shopping for new pieces, make sure they fit your style. To save money in the future, invest in versatile high-quality pieces instead of contributing to fast fashion. Check out new brands that offer longer lasting, higher-quality clothes, like Saved by the Dress. When shopping, you should always value quality above quantity.
Try looking into better quality fabrics, and avoid synthetic fibers like acrylic and Spandex. In order to avoid overfilling your closet again, only buy pieces that fit you and that you feel confident in. Basically, only buy pieces you actually love.
Form your capsule wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe consists of a limited number of coordinating pieces. These pieces can be mixed and matched to form numerous outfits. Most people with capsule wardrobes aim for around 50 pieces per season, but there’s no “right” or “wrong” number. This might seem boring to some, but you’d be surprised how much easier it’ll be to pick out an outfit. Additionally, you’ll be able to dress up each outfit with accessories to keep your look fresh.
To make sure your pieces coordinate with one another, stick to mostly neutral colors like black, white, gray, and tan. Next, add in a few colors of your choice. These should be colors you look good in and feel confident in, and should ideally match. Finally, incorporate bold jewelry and accessories, as well as some versatile shoes.
Refreshing your wardrobe for the new year will make life easier—you won’t have to stare at your closet every morning deciding what to wear. You also won’t have to constantly spend money to replace cheap pieces, and you’ll have a number of pieces that work in different outfits.