Wednesday 3 December 2014

Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Wardrobe

We all know what it’s like to feel as though you’ve run out of clothes to wear – but most of the time, this has more to do with not knowing how to make the most of what you have than an actual lack of outfits in your wardrobe. Take a look at these five simple tips for organising and looking after your clothes, and take a new approach to everyday dressing.

Learn to store smartly

A closet full of clothes doesn’t help you at all if you can’t find what you’re looking for. If you’ve been struggling to find your favourite dress or go-to shirt lately, then it might be time to clear out your closet in its entirety – but only to put everything back in again. Take everything out of your wardrobe and sort your clothes according to style, season, and fabric. Next, try to figure out the best way to make the most out of your wardrobe space. Knitwear should always be folded, and delicate garments should be hung up, but these are the only two storage rules that you should definitely follow. Apart from that, feel free to get creative with how your store clothes – no two wardrobes are alike, after all.Do try to make sure you don’t end up tucking away clothes in the depth of your wardrobe, though – you’re more likely to wear things if you can see them every day. It might be worth investing in one or two clothing rails as well. Not only will you be able to have all your favourite clothes on display, but colourful dresses and shirts neatly hung up on a rack can also make for lovely room decoration. 

Do your washing

You shouldn’t wash your clothes too often as this can harm the fabric, but once your laundry is dirty, don’t put off the washing for too long. If you stay on top of your laundry, you’ll have more clothes available to wear and won’t struggle to find a clean pair of socks towards the end of the week. Find out which laundry sorting system works best for you – if you separate your laundry even before washing it, you’ll save a lot of time and won’t accidentally end up washing your delicate lacey underwear in a hot wash with your dirty jersey sweaters. Always check the label if you’re not sure how to wash a garment. Doing your laundry effectively is an art that is worth learning more about if you care about your clothes, so if you find yourself struggling with this task, there is plenty of information available online to help you become a laundry pro.

Get rid of clothes you don’t need

If you’ve figured out the perfect clothes storage system, and settled into an effective laundry routine, it’s time to get rid of the clothes you don’t need to save time and space. If you haven’t worn an item in the last six months, then you’re probably not going to miss it much if you get rid of it. Throw out any old, worn-out items too, and if your style has changed a lot over the last few years, it might be time to dig out those once-loved items and get rid of anything you can’t picture yourself wearing anytime soon. 

It’s always a good idea to think about potential outfits, too – if you have no idea how to combine a shirt with any of your other clothes, it might be better to rid of it rather than let it waste away in your closet. Make a pile of everything you have decided to throw out, and figure out whether friends or family will be interested in thee items. If not, fold the clothes, place them in bags, and help then find a loving new home by donating them to charity.

Step out of your comfort zone

Do you always catch yourself reaching for the same clothes over and over again? Do you have a few wardrobe staples that you feel helpless without, and do you neglect the bolder and braver parts of your wardrobe? If you’re guilty of dressing yourself out of habit rather than style – but would like to look a bit different once in a while – then it might be time to change your attitude towards your closet. Keep your favourites close, but combine them with items you don’t wear that often, and ask yourself in the morning: “How do I feel today, and what would I like to look like today?”

It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for outfit inspiration wherever you go, and think about whether you can recreate great looks with what you have available in your own wardrobe. If you approach the act of getting dressed in the morning from a more playful angle, you might find yourself wearing the slightly more unusual pieces you once left abandoned in your wardrobe.

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