A new year, a new start – and that also goes for your wardrobe! A smart shopper is a happy shopper, so we’ve assembled a list with 7 must-do wardrobe resolutions for you, to keep your wardobe-maintenance easy and your outfit-picking more fun. On to a more fashionable and durable wardrobe!
1. Make a wardrobe shopping list
Making a list has tons of advantages. When you start by making an overview of the essentials you need this coming year, you’ll create more focus which prevents you from spending your shop budget on impulse buys.
Tip 1: be specific – for instance: white poplin shirt with straight fit.
Tip 2: display your list in plain view, like your closet door.
2. Do a quick wardrobe check every season
In-between wardrobe checks are the key to a well-organized closet. And who doesn’t want that? Every change of season demands a (small) adjustment in your wardrobe. Because that dress that you loved last Summer, might not be so great this year. Removing it right away is a great way of creating a bit of space for new key pieces. Tip: immediately add to your shopping list for an updated overview.
3. Choose quality over quantity
We love a sustainable wardrobe that grows along with you, so our advice is always that quality should surpass quantity. A great extra is that, almost automatically, your behavior adapts. You’re far more caring of a sweater made of pure cashmere than you are with a cheaper fast-fashion design.
4. Only shop perfect fits
This falls under the same category as ‘quality over quantity’. If a garment doesn’t fit quite right or doesn’t feel that comfortable to wear, then don’t purchase it. Odds are that you’ll end up not wearing it that often. And that’s a waste! Your budget is better spent on an item that’s perfect on all levels and has the potential to become a new favorite.
5. Determine a clear color palette
Most of us automatically prefer certain colors – making your favorite colors visual in a collage or mood board is a great way to make an overview of your personal dress style. The effect is similar to making a wardrobe shopping list: it creates more focus which reduces the chances of impulse buys you’ll regret later. Choose for a color base of maximum 4 colors that always feel comfortable to wear and complement with a maximum of 2 trend colors every season for variety. Tip: choose an app to make an online mood board. This way, you’ll always have your mood board with you when shopping.
6. Shop multifunctional
Have you found something of good quality, that offers the perfect fit and fits your color palette? Then ask yourself this last question: can I create at least 3 different outfits with the clothes I already own? This prevents you from shopping items that you’ll end up wearing in the same combination repeatedly. It automatically creates a versatile wardrobe with plenty of options for different outfits.
7. Only shop what you truly love
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But we let ourselves get seduced by trends or sale prices too often, which leads to impulse buys. It’s better to shop one item that you’re completely in love with and that you’ll still wear in five years’ time, then to shop five items that will end up on the charity pile in six months’ time. The investment might seem higher at first but won’t be in the long run.