After spending so much time indoors, most of our wardrobes have been left untouched for the last 12 months. Aside from loungewear and pyjamas, we haven’t been in the market for new clothes. However, with restrictions coming to an end and with social plans finally on the horizon, it might be time to update your wardrobe.
It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to updating your wardrobe, as many of us find ourselves going for the same style and colour of clothing over and over again. However, change is just as good as the rest and if you want to look and feel different, then you will need to try something different. So, we have put together this ultimate guide of our top tips on how to update your wardrobe, why you should do it, and how to do it without breaking the bank!
Out with the old
Before you even think about buying some new pieces of clothing, you need to make room by having a clear out. While some people find a wardrobe clear out to be cathartic, others find it hard to part with their clothes. We are all guilty of keeping hold of items for longer than we should. Whether it is that favourite pair of jeans that are now two sizes too small, or that gyspy skirt that hasn’t been in fashion for at least 10 years.
Therefore, we recommend that you are very stringent in the items that you are going to keep, and those that you are going to get rid of. Sorting through your wardrobe is a lot easier if you separate items into things to keep, donate, or put in the bin. Don’t automatically throw things away as many charities are appreciative of secondhand clothes that they can sell.
Do your research
If you haven’t bought any new clothes for some time, then you may not have a clue where to start when updating your wardrobe. So we suggest that you start off by doing your own research. Have a look online and at fashion magazines to see what is currently on trend. Styles often come and go quite quickly, so don’t be surprised if you don’t recognise any of the clothing items that are currently popular. But it is also important that you don’t feel pressured to only follow fashion trends. If you prefer maxi dresses to pastel coloured blouses then make sure you go for whatever makes you feel great.
Sell unwanted clothes
If you want to give your wardrobe a lift but are worried about how much it is going to cost your bank balance then you could sell your unwanted clothes to help fund your new additions. Just because you no longer want to wear an item of clothing that is hanging in your wardrobe, it doesn’t mean that someone else won’t. Second hand clothing has become a very popular fashion shopping trend in recent years. This is because not only does it offer a more affordable option, but is a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way to update your wardrobe. There are also selling websites that you can use such as Depop that allow you to advert your clothing items free of charge.
You could also consider looking for some clothing items to update your wardrobe using secondhand websites such as this. You know what they say; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Buy what you need first
The excitement of revamping your wardrobe may cause you to make a few rash and quick decisions when it comes to new purchases. However, we recommend that you start off by buying what you need, instead of what you want. Think about what your wardrobe is lacking and what items you can buy that will have the biggest impact on your new looks. For example, by adding a reliable pair of jeans to your wardrobe you will be able to create a range of other outfits.
Updating your wardrobe is not only a chance to clear out and try some new clothes, it is also a chance to try something different. Going for an item of clothing that you would not usually go for will help to boost your confidence and make you feel great about yourself – which is exactly what your wardrobe is for!