It’s cliche. Almost every woman’s dilemma includes having a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. It’s not like most women’s wardrobes lack apparel either. Have you noticed on shows like TLC’s “What Not to Wear” that each style victim has tons of clothes but nothing to wear? It’s just that with so many clothes in the closet, it’s hard to make a decision because there are so many choices. You’re not sure an outfit “looks right” and many of the clothes you do have have probably been sitting in the closet unworn for more than a year.
With the Pareto Principle, 80% of most people’s clothes are only worn 20% of the time. If you can hone in on what’s worn most of the time and eliminate the rest, it’s easier to make clothing decisions with fewer choices. Getting it right can prove to be a challenge.
With a few tips below, you may be able to tame your wardrobe, get pieces that you really need and come away with “something to wear everyday.”
1. Take inventory of what you already have and be ruthless about either donating, selling online or to consignment shops those clothes you haven’t worn in over a year. If this is hard to do, put those clothes you’re on the fence about in a box with today’s date. If you don’t use anything from that box within the next 3-6 months then let it go.
2. Mix and match styles with the pieces you already have in your closet. With fewer clothes to choose from it should be much easier to see what you actually have and start putting your outfit ensembles together.
3. Shop smart. If you’re missing something to round out your wardrobe, do research and make smart purchases on closet staples like the little black dress, button down white shirt, white tee, classic trench, fitted jeans or whatever you’re likely to wear most of the time. Many department stores like Macys have major clearances certain times each year. You could also check out discount retailers like Daffy’s, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx. It’s hit or miss though. You could either score on great bargains or may have to be patient about finding what you’re looking for. Ditto for consignment stores and thrift shops. You could also find deals on eBay and flash sales like Gilt Group or Rue La La, but there’s a chance something may not fit perfectly.
4. Challenge yourself. If you’re looking for ways to declutter your closet and simplify your wardrobe, check out the Glam Save Style Challenge. It’s a four week program and you could start any time to help create your ideal wardrobe without breaking the bank.