Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to sort through your wardrobe and get rid of any belongings that you no longer need. Once you have gotten rid of your old items, you can make plenty of space for any new purchases. Clothes tend to pile up over the years, so make sure to de-clutter and revamp your wardrobe this season with our five easy-to-follow tips.
1. Donate What You No Longer Wear
How many items are there in your closet that you have only worn once or twice? How many are there that you’ve never even worn? Place these in a pile and wave goodbye to them. There is no point in things collecting dust when they could go to someone who will make great use out of them.
There’s always a pair of pants that you promised yourself you would try to squeeze into one day. You might be guilty of impulse buying and have an outrageous pair of colorful boots that you’ve never worn. Don’t become emotionally attached to your clothing, try to be as ruthless as possible and donate all of the items that you no longer wear.
2. Ditch Fast Fashion and Invest in Slow Fashion
Fast fashion is a thing of the past! Brands are becoming ever more conscious about their environmental impact and customers no longer want to fuel the fast fashion business model. Instead, many consumers are happy to pay a premium price if that means that the product is made ethically and sustainably.
Rather than buying four or five items that are made with cheap materials, invest in one timeless piece that you can mix and match with other items in your wardrobe. If you don’t have a lot of extra spending money, you could always look for treasures in your local charity shop. Not only are there so many hidden gems in second-hand stores, but you also contribute to a great cause whilst shopping there.
3. Create Some Custom Clothing
Nowadays, it’s not unusual to walk out on the streets and see someone wearing the same t-shirt or trousers as you. There is an infinite choice of clothing out there, however, when items get popular it seems like everyone is wearing them.
A great way to revamp your wardrobe is by creating some custom clothing. Companies like MeowPrint custom t-shirts allow you to completely personalize an array of apparel and accessories. This way you can follow your favorite trends but give your wardrobe a unique spin.
4. Up-Cycle Your Old Pieces
If you are eager to revamp your style, but you don’t have a lot of money to splurge, you can also up-cycle your clothes on a budget. For example, you can hem long skirts into a more midi style, add appliques onto sweaters, or cut up an old pair of jeans and turn them into shorts.
Thanks to the Internet there are countless resources online that can teach you how to dye, cut, and sew old clothes into wonderful new masterpieces. This is a great way to express your creativity and give your old, tired clothes a new lease of life.
5. Think of Your Wardrobe as Seasonal
After you have purged all of the items you no longer wear, you should start to be more conscious about the clothing that you buy. Try to think of your wardrobe as seasonal, unless you live somewhere that only has one, or two, types of climate during the year. Switch out your clothing during the seasons, so that you can maximize all of your closet space and see what there is to wear.
For each season you should invest in one suitable pair of shoes (e.g. sandals for summer, sneakers for spring, boots for winter, or maybe mules for fall), one weather-resistant jacket, two pairs of pants or shorts, and a few interchangeable tops. You’ll also want to invest in a baseline of items that can be worn across all of the seasons.
Fast fashion is one of the world’s greatest polluters so you should try to shop as sustainably as possible. When you begin de-cluttering your closet, find a charity or second-hand shop where you can donate your items. Similarly, don’t be afraid to express your creative flair if you think you can get some extra wear out of an item by upcycling it. Trends can still be fun to take part in, however, try to find second-hand or slow fashion alternatives to these trendy fads.
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