Unclutter Your Closet, Dress Better, Waste Less and Save Money

April 4, 2013


The average American wears 20% of their clothing 80% of the time. I remember when this statistic hit home to me. It was when my children were little. Each of them had their favorite t-shirt and wanted to wear it all the time. It was difficult to get it off them to wash it. We all have our favorites, those clothes that make us happy when we wear them and feel good on our bodies.

How would you like to get back all the money you’ve wasted on clothing you didn’t wear? What would you do with all that money? Buy more clothes? Shoes? Take a trip?

Most of the time the problem is that we go shopping with no particular plan in mind. If it fits and you sort of like it, then it’s a good candidate to take a ride home with you. If it’s on sale then there’s no question we need to buy it because it’s such a good price – even if you aren’t sure it goes with anything else. There’s nothing like getting a good deal on something to spur us on to buy it.

Cutting down on the amount of money you spend on clothing is not as much about finding the great bargains but more about knowing what to wear, where to go shopping and of course the most important piece – when to stop buying!

Take action on your crowded clothes closet. It’s important to know and be comfortable with the number of pieces you need for your lifestyle. Without a specific plan you won’t know when it’s time to stop buying. Do you really need 29 pairs of black pants?

Take everything out of your closet and try on all the clothes you own. Only keep those that fit your shape, style and color palette and fill a slot on your written plan. What do you do with everything else? Donate to a charity and take a tax deduction for the fair market value of each piece. Sell what you don’t want at a yard sale or use the various sites on the Internet to list the items you want to get rid of.

If you stick to your style, shape and color palette, you will be able to come up with many new outfits by mixing and matching what you already have. Add to your wardrobe by including inexpensive accessories to keep up with new colors and fashion trends.

Develop smart shopping habits when filling in the missing pieces that you need for your wardrobe. These days in order to save money it’s important to take advantage of sales at your favorite store. Each store has its own sales cycle. You can always ask the salesperson if the item isn’t on sale, will it go on sale soon. Waiting a day or two can save you money.

Remember there are all kinds of places to look for the pieces that will help fill in your wardrobe. Don’t forget consignment stores, vintage shops and discount and thrift stores as well as the many online shopping sites.

Another good tip to remember is to find a good tailor. A first-class tailor can take a garment down by as much as two sizes. Having this service available gives you flexibility and versatility in your wardrobe plus has you looking great because everything fits so well.

Develop your own style by considering what you like to wear and then stick with that look. Your favorite outfits hold the clues to what your style really is. When you start learning how to make the right choices for your body you will stop wasting money on clothes that look great on the hanger but not so good when you look in the mirror.


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