If you find yourself wearing the same items of clothing over and over again but have so much more you could be strutting your stuff in – it’s time to break the cycle. It’s so easy to just pick out the same tired old favourites every day but it’s far more exciting to mix things up a little. Plus, in order to get your wear out of an item of clothing you need to, you know… wear it! Here are some top tips on getting creative with your wardrobe and reminding yourself how much you have to look fabulous in.
Fill the blanks
The easiest way to make sure you wear your whole wardrobe is to make sure that you have something to wear everything with. If you love dresses but will only wear them with tights and don’t have very many… get some more! That’s an easy blank to fill. If you have loads of tops but hardly any trousers or skirts then address the balance or re-wear your bottoms and rotate tops. Take the time to actually get to know your wardrobe and, if you have pieces that you love, but don’t have anything to wear them with, fill the blank with a good basic that can be rotated round to other things.
Come up with a pattern
When you’ve figured out what you like wearing and have most of – it can help to come up with a pattern that works with your wardrobe. For example, I wear dresses Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, a skirt on Tuesdays and trousers on Thursdays. Over the weekend I tend to wear leggings or skirts depending on what I’m doing. I don’t stick to this religiously (at all!) but just having the idea of a pattern helps me narrow down what I’m wearing each day and rotate according to what I have most of.
Mix and match
If you can get into a pattern, even a vague one – it can help challenge you to wear the things you wouldn’t normally. For example, I don’t normally wear skirts at work – simply because I find them harder to pair with things. However, because I now wear them most Tuesday’s I’ve realised I have some brilliant combinations that I never considered before. I’m matching colours and patterns in whole new ways and am enjoying the compliments as a result. Mix and match different items across your wardrobe as much as possible to get the best results.
Plan the night before
I don’t know about you, but I only have enough mental willpower to make so many decisions in a day. When I wake up, I want to lie in for as long as possible, role out of bed, dress, grab a bite to eat and head straight out. If you choose what to wear the night before you can still plan a great look without being sleep befuddled in the early morning. Enjoy picking something out and look at what you haven’t work in a while. The pattern really helps with this again, as I can now recall so much easier, “oh I know I wore these trousers two Thursday’s ago…” so I’ll skip them and pull out what I wore longest ago.
Throw things out
When you do all of these things, it suddenly becomes apparent what you never want to wear. I’ve got to the end of a rotation, worn the last thing and realised I don’t really like wearing it. Life is too short for boring clothes! I ended up wearing it one last time, washing and ironing it farewell and sending it off to a charity shop. When you iron out the creases (pun 100% intended) you end up with a pristine wardrobe- any item of which is ready to wear.