2021 was one hell of a year. Everything from how we socialize, shop, and work out has been changed within the blink of an eye. Even after a year like this one, there’s only one way to approach 2022: with hope and serenity. A good starting point is with your wardrobe.
Though it may appear that the past 12 months have had a disastrous effect on our fashion choices, the lockdown did come with a few silver linings. The first, grasping the importance of “giving yourself a break.” Second, sustainability. Third, relaxing our approach to fashion and realizing that less is more.
Truthfully, we’ve all accumulated a plethora of clothing over the years. But, no matter how much we shop, it never feels like we have a firm grasp on our style. Even though our closet is expanding, there appears to be something missing.
With that in mind, don’t you think it’s time to break out of your style rut? Sprucing up your wardrobe will help you find new looks without having to spend a dime! Follow these chic ideas to maximize the potential of your closet:
- Keep the basics (and keep a lot of them)
Basic and necessary items such as solid-color t-shirts, well-fitted jeans, a tank top, and chunky sneakers should always be readily available. Also, you want to ensure that the stuff you have in your closet complements your body type. For instance, if you’re blessed with a curvy body, try investing in a nice pair of plus size jeans for women and wrap dresses to accentuate your figure. On the other hand, if you’ve got a slender figure, invest in A-line dresses and skirts as well as wide-leg jeans and a few tops that always fit. The trick is to buy what looks good on you and buy a lot of it. Last but not least, always set aside multiple trousers and t-shirts, so you don’t leave the house looking like a slob if the item you want to wear isn’t ironed or washed.
- Keep everything organized
If you have a favorite color, whether it’s floral, pastel, or solid, go for it, but ensure to organize it in your closet. Whether you choose clothes based on what looks good on your skin tone or want to build a rainbow wardrobe, a color organization can make it much easier to dress how you want. For example, you might want to wear a floral dress on the first day of spring; this will be easier to do if colors and prints organize everything.
- Channel your inner muse
Instead of following your Instagram muses to see where you can buy new clothes, use their style to inform and stimulate your own. Ask yourself, ‘What do I have in my wardrobe that I can style an ode to this with?’ Then, start with one piece that evokes their style and work your way around it. It might not end up looking exactly like theirs, but you can be sure it will be fantastic, and that’s half the fun. Learn to enjoy your clothes once more. They are deserving!
- Donate, give away, and sell (often!)
When it comes to your wardrobe, one of the most challenging things to do is to know when to let go of some pieces. When decluttering, you might be thinking, “but what if I suddenly need to wear this?!” Truth be told, the back of the closet is the most challenging place to find inspiration. Typically, these are impulse purchases or one-time event options that we don’t know where we’ll wear next. Have some courage and go to the back of your closet and try everything on—if you don’t like it, donate, sell, or give it to a friend. It’s that simple.
- Keep the seasons in mind
If you live in a city where it is hot for more than half the year, you should organize your closet by season to avoid space limitations. Clothes you don’t need during the season, such as a pair of shorts in December, can be stored in a storage unit until the following spring. The same is true for winter clothing. It allows you to wear various items from your wardrobe throughout the season, compared to wearing the same jacket all winter and not getting to wear your classier coats.
Bonus tip: Always have a style diary
When you put together a stylish outfit, keep a record of it in your style diary to use the combination again. This way, you’ll have a collection of dresses for various occasions and won’t have to try anything new.
That concludes our list of ways to create a wardrobe that will never cease to disappoint your body and fashion sense. As you continue to revamp your wardrobe, you can utilize new strategies to elevate your appearance until you achieve the level of sophistication or attraction you desire. Remember that great style is determined by managing and organizing your clothes, not by what you can afford to buy. With these tips and upgrades, you can create a wardrobe that will always stay ahead of the curve.