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Practical Fashion: 4 Tips for Making Your Wardrobe More Sensible

Have you ever considered what makes a wardrobe truly great? Perhaps for a teenager, it is a plethora of trendy tops, tight bottoms and t-shirts displaying favorite music groups. As you get older, however, it can be hard to get away from this trendy mindset. Instead, you might notice that your closet and your dresser drawers get increasingly full. You may have trouble clearing out some of your old favorites or even items that were not your favorites, simply because you got them at a great price. If you are currently unhappy with your wardrobe, it could be because of this very problem. Perhaps you have so many clothes that you cannot tell what even goes together. On the other hand, your clothes may be so trendy, colorful or of-the-moment that you have trouble matching them with anything for your everyday life. If this is you, read on to discover four brilliant ways to make your wardrobe more sensible.

Keep the Favorites

Remember that there is no one who can dictate exactly how your journey to the perfect wardrobe will play out. You certainly do not have to spend your life comparing yourself to your friends and coworkers. Instead, the most important thing is to remain true to yourself. Begin your journey by discovering what your real likes and dislikes are. Look through your closet and your drawers. Pick out five to eight pieces that are truly your favorites, and determine why you like them so much. Is there a color pattern that is popping up, or are they all neutrals? Do you prefer dresses or jeans? This will help you weed out items that you only own because you felt pressured to purchase them or because they were offered at an amazing price. Get rid of everything that you do not truly love and that does not make you feel amazing, and donate the rest to a thrift store.

Purchase Items That Fit Your Life

In the same vein, only choose clothes that work with your lifestyle. Consider what you need to wear to work or if your place of employment has a dress code. Consider what you do on the weekends and how often you go on vacation. Not only should you pick styles that work with your regular routine, but also you should choose pieces that literally fit you best. Consider your height and body shape for what will look good on you. Hire a good tailor who can makes small changes to pants, shirts and dresses to make them go from blah to amazing. Finally, be sure to choose clothes that fit your weight now rather than purchasing items that would fit you at your ideal weight.

Work with Accessories

Accessories can be a cheap and space-conscious way to spice up your wardrobe. Invest in some statement necklaces and earrings as well as in one or two pairs of well-made, classic leather shoes. Buy scarves for each season, and choose belts that are multi-functional and will work well with many of your pieces. For example, a Carbon6 belt is minimalist enough to work with jeans, dress pants and even dresses. A military webbing belt, which is like an airport friendly belt, with a smooth buckle is another great choice.

Consider Cost and Space

One of the main considerations for your sensible wardrobe is how much money you have to invest in it yearly and how much space you have at home to maintain it. You should spend no more than 4% of your take-home pay on your new wardrobe. Additionally, keep your wardrobe limited to one small closet and a small set of drawers. Tell yourself that you cannot go beyond these limits, and it will be easier to say “no” to the piles of trendy clothes that you see in store windows.

A sensible wardrobe does not mean a boring wardrobe. Instead, it means a selection of clothing that fits your everyday needs, does not take up unnecessary space and stays within your budget. Some people find this balance by choosing a capsule wardrobe for each season of the year. Others prefer a bit more freedom with their pared down wardrobes. However you plan to accomplish your clothing and accessories goals, a sensible mindset will help your budget, your closet space and your attitude as you get ready each morning.

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