Shop your closet and save yourself some money!

  • Before buying new clothes start with your own closet!
  • Have a clear out and think about what you’re keeping and what you can do with it.

One for the ladies today! (That’s not to say guys can’t learn a few tips here too!) If you’re anything like me you just love to shop and your wardrobe is filled to the brim with clothes yet you can’t ever find anything to wear. Here’s a few ways to maximise what you have in your closet and to avoid wasting your cash on clothes.

1) Sort through your wardrobe.

Make three piles – things to keep, things to sell/donate and things to throw away. Be honest! Think about when the last time you wore the items was, if you can’t remember then it’s not worth keeping. Think about:

  • Whether an item is in good condition
  • If it goes with other items you have (what combinations can you make)
  • Does it fit
  • Does it make you feel good and is it comfortable

Outfit combinations

2) Think about combinations.

Take some time to lay out some items and see what outfits you can make. Having an idea of what outfits you can create means you won’t spend time debating what to wear and means you won’t avoid picking certain items. Add different accessories, layer items up, try contrasting prints or colours and try combining casual and dressy – what about a denim shirt with a little black dress?

3) Take care of your clothes.

University accommodation washers and dryers may not always be gentle on your clothes – think carefully about the cycles you are using for example, you may want to turn the heat or spin down. To avoid having to throw items away check the labels so you don’t ruin them such as tumble drying something you shouldn’t. Also, iron your clothes! Often we end up not wearing something because we can’t be bothered to iron it – stick to a laundry routine to maximise the items you have to wear.

4) Key pieces.

It’s a good idea to have a few staples in your wardrobe to build outfits around such as:

  • A good pair of dark wash jeans
  • Plain vest tops or t-shirts in colours such as white or blackessential clothing pieces
  • A pair of comfortable trainers or sneakers
  • A pair of formal shoes (such as black heels)
  • Casual yet comfortable shoes such as ballet flats
  • A patterned scarf
  • A plain coloured or check shirt
  • A little black dress
  • A nice coat (preferably something you can dress up or down)
  • Black boots
  • A striped top
  • Classic jewellery such as nice watch
  • A blazer
  • Bodycon skirt

5) And if you do shop…

Stick to buying things you love – there is no point buying something you’re not really keen on! Try to think of what you could wear it with to make sure it won’t sit at the back of your wardrobe. Also, think about quality over quantity so you’ll get more for your money – it’s better to buy a slightly more expensive top that stays in great condition wash after wash rather than a cheaper one that fades after one wash.

What are your clothing related bad habits? @9grndndcounting


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