What do most fashionistas promise to do at the beginning of the year? No, it’s not filing their taxes, losing weight or spending less money on those irresistible stylish hand bags from Betsey Johnson. The correct answer is to build a better wardrobe, dress better and pay more attention to one’s personal style. Then they put off following through due to financial issues, hoping to save enough money by spring to get their stylish act together. As a New Year’s resolution offender in the past, I’ve promised to achieve this goal since probably back in 2002 when musical artist Pink’s hit song was “Get this Party Started” was the hit song. This year challenge yourself to have your own fashion closet party, and take control of building a better wardrobe!
A big part of building a new wardrobe is not running out to Macy’s with $1,000 to blow on wardrobe staples. One of the most important first steps in revamping a wardrobe is to edit your closet. Take time of making a list of what you actually have in your closet and start sorting things into categories. Sounds simple enough, but many have no idea what hidden treasures are lurking behind those piles of clothes in your closet, or what are tucked away in boxes that are collecting dust bunnies.
Based on experience, most people wear only 20% of their entire closet 80% of the time. How is this even possible? This is due to several factors, including lack of time to clean, weight gain or loss, or not knowing what’s after what seems to be rows of endless hangers. Having an overstuffed closet is not a way to bring in the New Year, so do yourself a favor and get organized this year. Try to refrain from running out to all the stores in a frenzy to use up all your gift cards and extra Christmas money when you can shop your closet.
Everyone has one or two favorite items in their closet, the clothes or accessories they lean towards several times a month. It may be a favorite pair of dark wash jeans, that great structured boyfriend blazer, or that sexy little black dress. While there is nothing wrong with having a ‘go to’ wardrobe item, it opens an whole new fashion world when fashionistas stop focusing so much attention on only 20% of their wardrobe items, 80% of the time.
Focusing on only 20% of one’s wardrobe leads to the daily dilemma most fashionistas face every day as they prepare to leave the house, the ‘I have nothing to wear’ syndrome. What about the other stylish possibilities hiding in the back of the closet? So start fresh and start shopping in your closet, you will be surprised with what you already have.
Remember, true style is having the ability to mix articles of clothing and giving it new life with every new look you create.