Do you have a closet full of clothes and absolutely nothing to wear? Do you spend a fortune on clothes only to find that all the separates you’ve purchased don’t go together? This is just as frustrating as it is wasteful. That closet full of clothes is taking up precious space without giving anything in return. It’s the New Year and a perfect time to take ruthless stock of your wardrobe. Reach down for some self discipline and follow these tips for building a quality wardrobe that last for years to come. Before purchasing a single new piece, it’s time to sort through your wardrobe and either donate, consign or dispose of those items that have not been worn in over a year. The only exception to this is special occasion cocktail dresses and gowns. Think of it as giving your clothes a second life with someone who will actually wear and enjoy them.
If you’ve gained or lost weight, purge the clothes that no longer fit. When you’ve reached the size of those pieces you’ve been holding onto, chances are they’ll not only no longer be in style, but your taste may well have changed along with your figure. Think of your wardrobe as serving the different roles in your life. You head to the office, the gym, and evening parties and occasions.
Your wardrobe needs to support these different styles. Divide your clothes into these categories and you’ll see where you have an abundance ad where you’re falling short. The solution to building a quality wardrobe is to purchase quality over quantity. Shopping at quality stores such as Lane Bryant will keep you on the right footing. Depending on the office dress code, generally a well fitting, classic, solid color blazer as well as a black pencil skirt and well constructed black trousers can serve as the anchor pieces for most office wardrobes. Instead of chasing the latest fashions every season, stick with classic pieces and jazz up your style with trendy scarves, belts and fashion jewelry.
Over time, your closet and wallet will both thank you. Following these suggestions for several seasons will allow you to build that wardrobe you’ve been seeking for years. Best of luck to you!