Capsule Wardrobe: allowing your clothes to work for you!

Let us be honest, how often do these words leave your mouth; “I do not have anything to wear” “I need to buy a new dress for the wedding/theatre/dinner date” How often does your husband/partner/friend roll their eyes at you? They know that on opening your wardrobe, the clothes are near enough tumbling out. The …

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Let us be honest, how often do these words leave your mouth;

“I do not have anything to wear”

“I need to buy a new dress for the wedding/theatre/dinner date”

How often does your husband/partner/friend roll their eyes at you?

They know that on opening your wardrobe, the clothes are near enough tumbling out. The real issue here has little to do with needing new clothes and much to do with the fact that you probably only wear around 20% of the clothes you own.

We all own favourite items of clothing, you know, the dress that makes us feel ready to hit the catwalk or the shoes that would not be out of place on the likes of Naomi Campbell.

What about the clothes that fall into these categories;

  1. You bought them on impulse and find they do not complement your figure
  2. You need to buy a top/bottom to wear with them
  3. They are too small – you are waiting to drop a stone
  4. They are too big – you have lost weight but holding onto them in case you put on a few more pounds
  5. Ten variations of “house clothes” and “doing the gardening clothes”.  One or two will do!

Creating a capsule wardrobe

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For the next six months, whenever you wear an item of clothing, place the hanger hook facing outwards towards you. The items that you do not wear should be facing inwards, away from you. At the end of the six months, you will easily identify which items have not been worn and therefore have no need to keep. You can give unwanted clothes to charity, swap with friends who are of a similar size or sell on Ebay.

From now on, when shopping for clothes, think clearly about the clothes you own at home that can compliment it. Think in terms of creating complete outfits.

How do you manage your wardrobe?

Perhaps you have tips of your own to share?

By: Phoenicia Oyeniyi

Blogger and Writer

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