Cutting back on shopping during an economic recession
is a given for most of us. But a tighter budget doesn’t mean you
have to give up looking good or following trends. It’s simply time
to come up with some new strategies for shopping smarter. Your
surprise ally in this endeavor is your very own closet.
Stage 1: Organize
To get the most out of your closet, you need to clean
it. Don’t worry – organizing your closet is a lot more fun than it
sounds. You’ll need a solid chunk of time – at least an hour or two
– and two large bins to sort your things. Now, try on everything and
perform a thorough mirror check. Take out anything that:
Doesn’t fit, will probably never fit again, and
isn’t worth altering
Is noticeably outdated
Doesn’t look good on your body
Hasn’t been worn in two years
Shows damage or wear
This is your donation bin. Next, put everything that
you want to alter, hem, or fix into another bin and give yourself a
fixed date to make the necessary changes. If you don’t get them done
by your deadline, these clothes also need to go.
Neatly hang everything else – which should just be
clothing that fits and flatters – back into your closet. Don’t
separate them by ‘everyday’ and ‘work.’ Mix them up!
Stage 2: Rediscovering & Recombining
In the cleaning process, you probably unearthed some
gems you’d forgotten about. Maybe a trim pencil skirt that just
happens to be in again this season, or a great little cocktail dress
that still makes you look terrific. With less stuff in your closet,
these items will be more visible and accessible.
You’re also in a better position to think about
mixing and matching your wardrobe in new ways. You can pair a casual
boyfriend cardigan with designer jeans, or a simple ballet-neck top
with a textured skirt. Mixing formal and casual can yield some great
new outfits you never thought about before.
Stage 3: Getting Outside the Closet
Sometimes shopping your closet just won’t be enough.
But after having cleaned it out and thoroughly explored its
possibilities, you’re in much better shape to go out and pick up the
few items – a chunky belt or a bright mini – you do need to get this
And there you have it: a clean closet, a happy
wallet, and a wardrobe full of clothes that look great on you.
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