How To Shop Your Own Wardrobe

Are you the type of person that likes to have a new outfit for every occasion? We get it. There's an absolute thrill to finding a beautiful new item of clothing that fits you well and looks fantastic.

How To Shop Your Own Wardrobe
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But it's a habit that can be dangerous for your bank account and the planet. Many of us have neglected and even forgotten pieces in our wardrobes, and they're often pieces that we can easily fall back in love with. Sometimes you don't have to buy something new to experience the thrill of a new outfit, because you've had plenty of great things in your wardrobe all along.

The biggest reason you're likely to forget items in your wardrobe is poor organization. It's a recipe for things getting lost and buried behind each other. The simple solution has a clean and well-organized wardrobe where nothing is hard to see.

How To Shop Your Own Wardrobe

So, how can you achieve this? The answer is that you have to find what works for you. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to organization, so you'll have to figure out your style. Here are some simple suggestions:

By color

If you're the type of person that picks out their outfit according to color, then you'll probably want to color coordinate your wardrobe. It will be visually pleasing, and it will make your life easier. You can sort your colors by a gradient, or if you want to facilitate outfit picks, you can place your favorite color combinations side by side.

How To Shop Your Own Wardrobe

By category.

Maybe you like to get dressed around a particular piece (for example, you always start by picking out a top). If that's the case, you should organize your wardrobe by category or style. All tops together, all bottoms together, all dresses together, etc. You may want to further organize by sleeve/hem length and fabric type.

How To Shop Your Own Wardrobe
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By occasion.

Separate your home clothes, work clothes, going out clothes, gym clothes, whatever other types of clothes you have.

How To Shop Your Own Wardrobe
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Try to ensure you always have enough space. This may be easier said than done, but if you have the option of storing away unseasonal clothes when you don't need to, definitely go for it. Avoid having too many piles in drawers as items can easily get lost (a visible shelf in a wardrobe is fine). If it helps and you have space, you may want to invest in a clothing rack that you can put a current ‘edit' of clothes on. Use it to regularly rotate your pieces while giving your room fashion boutique vibes.

How To Shop Your Own Wardrobe
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After you're done organizing, you can focus on the fun part - the shopping! Take some time every now and then (monthly or every few months) to put on your own personal fashion show.

How To Shop Your Own Wardrobe
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Pick out some pieces you haven't worn in a while and challenge yourself to create new outfits with them. If you need some ideas, you can always check out Instagram, Pinterest, or wherever you get your fashion inspiration fix. The next time you get the urge to go on a shopping spree, try your wardrobe instead.