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Healthy Wardrobes: Definitive Signs You Have Way Too Many Clothes

“My clothes have a story. They have an identity. They have a character and a purpose. That is why they become classics. Because they keep telling a story. They are still telling it.”-Vivienne Westwood

What is a cardinal sign of a healthy wardrobe?

Well, for one it is definitely not a closet that is seemingly bursting at the seams from way too many clothes. It is a wardrobe excellently curated by its owner and is filled with clothes that do not only suit the wearer’s taste and preference but would also be versatile enough to work on any occasion and season. But, as women, we are conditioned to believe that having way too many clothes is preposterous and that there is no such thing. If you ask me, this sentiment has been engineered by clothing retailers and streetwear wholesale distributors as a clever marketing ploy to drive their product sales up.

Unfortunately, we bought into it, and we have long accepted the statement as fact. It has now been an ingrained conviction of most women who have a penchant for fashion that she can never have enough clothes. However, if you are truly a fashion-forward individual, you know where to draw the line between having enough sartorial variety and impulsively getting what is considered stylish and haute couture by purveyors of fashion. If you are the latter, then you need to address the problem as soon as you possibly can. While at the outset having way too many clothes than what is deemed necessary might be something you can overlook, it does not bode well for your wardrobe.

Furthermore, it makes getting dressed in the mornings even more confusing than it already is. With so many clothing items to choose from, selecting just one from the myriad and mountain of clothing can be a bit of a challenge. Moreover, the sartorial ensembles you would ultimately choose every single day would not always be guaranteed to be a success. As you have way too many options to select from day by day, this could be a hit or miss thing—most especially if your closet is a hodgepodge of clothing styles.

However, how can you be positively sure that you have way too much going on in your wardrobes?
Where do you draw the line between an impulsive clothing hoarder and a judicious sartorial collector? Well, take a gander at your closets, observe the contents inside and see if you can relate to any of the things stated below:

1.) You have clothes in the back of your closet with the tags still attached

An excellent way to identify whether you have an existing closet problem is to take out all of the
contents of your closet and check them. If you find clothes that you have long forgotten and are still in pristine condition with their tags intact, then yes, you do have a problem. You might even be surprised to know that you own this stuff and may have forgotten that you thoughtlessly purchased them a couple of years ago. Check just how many unused clothes you have in your closet. If it accounts for more than forty percent of your total clothing items, you might want to reevaluate your shopping habits.

2.) You have more than one closet that is filled to maximum capacity

Your closets might not exactly be large enough to accommodate a lot of clothes. However, all of them are full enough to warrant a justified purging. Although they may not be grand nor are they immensely big, but if you are stuffing them with a hundred shirts and twenty pairs of pants more, then you might as well consider your single closet as two separate wardrobes. In this regard, you would already have at least over two hundred shirts and sixty pants. From there, assess just how often you would wear each item of clothing inside. If there is a chance that you would not even wear particular clothing at least once in every three months, what is that even doing there? The average woman would only wear at least 30-50 shirts throughout the year—sixty if we are being generous. From this number, we can readily assume that the remaining hundred or so shirts in your closet are forgotten and neglected.

3.) You purchase hangers in lots of 100

Who needs that many clothes hangers? Well, individuals with bursting closets do. If you are the type of individual who routinely buys new clothing each week, then you would soon find that you might need more hangers than necessary. For this reason, you elect to buy them in bulk—a definitive sign that you have way too many clothes stuffed in your wardrobes.

4.) You have a dedicated pile of clothes

For a while now, you have stopped storing your clothes in your closet and have now resigned to putting them in a dedicated pile in some established area of your room. It might be that your wardrobe can no longer hold any more clothes and you have resigned to just putting them on top of each other. If that pile exists in your room and you are not just being lazy, it might be that you have way too many clothes to realistically manage—especially if you cannot even identify what is in the pile.

5.) Your regular wash involves more new clothes than dirty laundry

You can easily pick this sign up if you notice you have more new clothes going into the wash than actual dirty clothes. Moreover, take a look at your waste bins and see just how many price tags you have discarded over the past few months. If you have more price tags than actual trash in your bins, then yes, you have way too many clothes than what you can realistically wear.

6.) You buy because it is on sale

More often than not, you find yourself buying items that you would not necessarily wear on a regular basis. In fact, you do not have something in your closets that would go with them, but you buy them in the belief that you will eventually have something that matches with it. You justify these purchases with the fact that they are on sale despite having no real care or interest for them.

7.) You own duplicates of one clothing

While generally, it is acceptable to have at least two colors of one style you find yourself particularly fond of, it is not a practical shopping habit to rely on for every clothing item you purchase. If you own duplicates (and even triplicates) of your closet’s contents, then, needless to say, you have way too many clothes than you can manage. Besides, just think of how you can realistically wear these clothing items in a month or even in year? Sure, they might be in different colors, but it is hardly likely that you would wear a singular style for the entire week. Of course, you would want to change it up every once in a while which leaves your duplicates unnecessary most of the time.

8.) You have stopped hanging your clothes and have tossed them in a separate bedroom in the house or somewhere else

You have finally admitted defeat and accepted the fact that you have way too many clothes than
necessary. All of your three closets are used up and filled to maximum capacity, and yet, you could not find it in your heart to stop acquiring new clothes. So, instead of buying new closets or hangers, you have simply resigned to the habit of placing your old clothes in another separate bedroom. You pile them on top of each other and have no idea of what is even in the pile. At times, you can no longer see the floor because of all the discarded clothes. If this is you, then without a doubt, you have way too many clothes than necessary.

If any of the statements above apply to you, then you might just have way too many clothes and might need to purge your wardrobes from the clothing items that are unnecessary. In this regard, you should endeavor to improve the quality of your clothes rather than its quantity. Start little and work your way up. By admitting to yourself that the problem exists, you might find it easier to purge your closets from inessential items. Once you do that, you are a step closer to a healthier wardrobe and better clothing ensembles.

 

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Shop Smarter: Six Valuable Lessons You Learn When You Stop Purchasing Clothes

 


“Touching clothes is just shopping foreplay, but it is changing. After all, you do not need to try a Mercedes to know that you would like one.” –Natalie Massenet

Women have a very interesting relationship with clothes and shopping for them.

The reality is that they cannot live with it nor can they ever learn to live without it. Considering this, most women would soon find themselves acquiring and hoarding clothes even if the occasion does not really call for it. After all, most of them live by the mantra that you can never have too many clothes and that a little variety would not hurt anyone—at least to the shopaholics anyhow. However, while there is no real harm in buying a piece of clothing or two just to indulge your fancy or give yourself a little reward, hoarding them by the dozens monthly is an entirely different story.

There is a big difference between buying a dress or two for this month and accumulating clothes as each week passes.
After all, you would not want to be too caught up in abusing your credit card, blowing most of your paycheck alone or borrowing money simply to satisfy your sartorial hoarding urges. If you have already been in a scenario wherein you opened up your credit card statement only to find out that you are way too far over what you had estimated, then it might be high time to reevaluate your shopping habits. Your credit card statement should not constantly shock you and if it does, then try to observe where your shopping whims have gone astray. If a significant amount is solely dedicated to catering to your sartorial shopping whims, then you might want to hold back on clothes shopping for a while. In the endeavor of ceasing your shopping excursions, you will find that you would learn quite a lot and some of them can be potentially cathartic.

Here are some of those lessons that you learn during this self-imposed sartorial abstinence:

1.) Shopping Addiction is a real thing

They do not call it retail therapy after all. Regardless of whether your shopping preferences are whether cheap wholesale clothing or retail, you will still inevitably be spending money. It matters not whether the need for shopping is there or not, when you have had that taste of clothes shopping, it can be rather easy to get addicted. Unfortunately, avoiding malls, boutiques and shops would not be much help. If you have internet connection, temptation will creep up to you as an online ad.

2.) You will save a ton of money

It is not really something you notice immediately, and the change can be a bit subtle. But within the first month of not buying any clothes, your credit card statement would look a lot like something you could realistically afford to pay. This would mean more savings for you and resultantly, a meatier bank account. Sure, you may think that the clothes you buy tend to be basic and do not really cost much. But while one or two would not really chip away at your bank account, accumulating two or three every week can easily stack up.

3.) You can spend that money on other things like food

Imagine the times you had to reject your friends’ offers in dining out just because you had spent over your credit limit. Now, that would be a thing of the past as saving money on clothes means that you have more money to spend on other things such as dinners with friends, occasional drinks at the bar or even treating your significant other out to date. While it might not seem like it to you now, the memories you would make and the relationships you would cultivate would be worth so much more than the branded pair of stilettos you buy off of the mall.

4.) You find more fun alternative things to do on your downtime

You will find that actively avoiding shopping for clothes would give you more time to do things you would not usually do. You might even find yourself gravitating towards these things and looking forward to doing them. In actively trying to avoid purchasing clothes, you might find yourself seeing more of your friends or even taking a spin class. Sure, you might argue that shopping can be a social event which you can do with other people as well. But when you are indulging a shopping addiction, you tend to do most of your purchasing excursions alone.

5.) Your love for your old clothes would be renewed

Going on a self-imposed sartorial shopping diet means you are constrained to the things left in your closet. Inevitably, this would mean you have to reunite with the old things you used to never wear. In a sense, it would renew your relationship with your old clothes and make you realize what made you fall for them in the fall place. Moreover, this gives you the avenue to reorganize your closet and purge it of the unnecessary things you might have bought. In a sense, you would be effectively hitting two birds with one stone: Cleaning out your closet and rediscovering your love for your old clothes. Who knows? You might even find yourself having that same panache for wearing your once-loved clothes.

6.) You realize that you have some things you might never want to wear again

Tin the organization of your closet, you will inevitably come across clothes that were once worn by the ghost of former you. At one point, you might have found these ensembles trendy and haute couture but looking at them now makes you cringe. In fact, it might even make you wonder what made you buy them in the first place. Not to worry, we all go through that phase anyhow. What is more important is that you have cleared your wardrobe out of that abomination and made it a point never to hoard unnecessary clothes that are considered to be “in season” or trendy ever again.

 

 

While going on a self-imposed sartorial shopping abstinence can be a little challenging—especially if you are used to accumulating so many articles of clothing in your life—it is doable. Moreover, it is worth every cent or dollar you will ever save. You might not see instantaneous results, but once you do, you might just find yourself never wanting to go back to that kind of lifestyle again. After all, while a girl can never have too many clothes, a girl needs to know her credit limit as well.

 

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Fashion Hacks: Five Tips to Improving Your Wardrobe without Breaking the Bank

 

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” –Author Unknown

 

Style is an integral aspect of life and is an essential factor in making a good first impression.

Who you are is evident in your clothes, and regardless of how you dress, a bit of your personality and character seeps through. There are subtle hints about the person behind the assemblage of clothes which is why style is a pivotal factor—not only in fashion but life as well. To quote a world-famous and revered stylist fashion designer, Rachel Zoe, “Style is a way of showing that you are without having to speak,” we can say that indeed style is a way of introducing yourself without uttering a single word to onlookers. Style is how you present and showcase yourself to the world, and in this regard, we must endeavor to make sure that what we say through our clothes says some good about us. After all, more often than not, when it comes to onlookers and strangers, you rarely get a second chance at making an impression, so make the first one count.

With these in consideration, we must make a more conscious effort in refining how we present ourselves and how we dress up. Taking an interest in our assemblage of clothes should not be considered as being shallow, nor is it exclusive to those who are fashion forward. After all, if we want to be taken seriously, we should also dress the part. One of the excellent ways to improve your style is to upgrade your wardrobe. Unfortunately, most individuals equate style upgrades with unnecessary expenses. However, this is a misconception as elevating your style does not always have to mean you have to spend money (or at least without breaking the bank). Great style does not have to mean designer shoes and exorbitantly priced clothes. More often than not, a culmination of great style entails choosing the right clothes—whether they may be wholesale clothing or retail—and rocking them with confidence. In any case, here are some clever tips to improve your fashion and style profile without making your wallets cry:

 

Check the fit

Before bringing any of the clothes, you intend on buying to the checkout counter, ensure that they all fit you well. And by well this means you not having to compromise and overlook a few details such as rather loose shoulders or too tight shirts. Make sure every piece of clothing you have and buy fits you properly. Not only will this save you the time and money in seeing a tailor, but it ensures that your clothes look better on you as well.

 

Pare your closet

To most, this might seem counterintuitive, and to fashionista’s, this might even be considered blasphemous. But there is actually a lot of merit to paring your closet. Most individuals are under the impression that in paring their closets, they would also be efficiently be cutting down their clothing options. After all, the more clothes you have, the more choices you have right? Well, while you do have more choices, chances are none of those choices are actually better-looking options. If anything, they are holding you back from improving style. By clinging on to them, you are taking up valuable closet space instead of making room for classier and sophisticated buys. So, if you have anything in your closet that is largely out of season, never worn or perhaps damaged beyond repair then toss, donate or sell it.

 

Get crafty

If you are rather handy with a pair of scissors and have a talent for sewing, you could drastically improve your wardrobe without even needing to visit the store. It is without a doubt that every wardrobe has that ubiquitous selection of humble shirts that everyone just cannot get rid of. In fact, a large percentage of your wardrobe is made up of these shirts. If you cannot bring yourself to get rid of them, inject a bit of fresh air into them by styling them differently. Snip and sew as you please and create different styles—from diverse necklines and fringes to cropped tops. The possibilities are endless, all you would truly need is to dedicate some time and creativity to create the set of shirts. If you find yourself in adept at creating clothes, you can always find some tutorial (and inspiration) videos in YouTube.

 

Get a haircut

Sometimes, all you really need to improve your look (as well as your style) is simply to get rid of the scruffiness you have been sporting since ever. Whether it is hair that is far too long or an unshaven face, if it makes you look unkempt, no amount of styling could help you. Regardless of what hairstyle you have, ensure that you always look neat as it gives a sense of cohesion to what you are wearing. Furthermore, getting a haircut would also give a fresh new spin to your clothing ensembles and would make you look completely different. In fact, a simple haircut might be all you need to change the entirety of your outfit (or at least how it is perceived). So, why spend a lot on a single outfit when you can simply just spend for a haircut (which is far cheaper) and achieve the same results?

 

Think for the long-term

By this we mean clothes for long-term storage. In this regard, it would also be wise not to invest in so much trendy stuff that will be tacky and out of season by the next few years. Invest only in classic and timeless items as well as clothes that might be outdated but have the potential to be vintage-y in the next couple of decades or so. Ensure that the clothes you do have are of durable quality so that by the time they become trendy again, you would either be able to sport them or sell them at a very attractive asking price.

 

 

Sure, style might be something very personal and each is distinct to every person but one must also remember that your clothing ensemble is the first thing others would notice about you. So, if you want to make a good enough impression, start by ensuring you choose only the best clothes for you. After all, seeing as there are alternatives wherein it would not cost you so much to elevate your style, you really do not have an excuse to look sloppy all the time.

 

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Style Oaths: Five Fashion Resolutions to Make in 2018


“Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other.” –Unknown Author

In anticipation of the brand new year, it is best to take stock of the fashion choices you have made all throughout this year and determine which ones of them are worth keeping for the next year. In this regard, you should be able to identify which ones should be modified and tweaked a bit or downright discarded. Fashion purveyors such as well-known stylists and designers provide fashionistas with the latest clothing styles and trends every single day in the year. Furthermore, they furnish their avid followers and readers with style advice every now and then, but it is ultimately up to you to distinguish which ones of them are worth turning into habits and which ones you should ignore.
As you usher in and welcome the brand new year, it is best to come up with a to make better fashion choices and come up with a concrete plan to be a more put-together person not only for the next few months but over the next 12 months of 2018 as well.

However, it is not only enough to make promises such as wearing fewer hip-hop clothing and more of smart casual clothes, but you also need to ensure that they would be realistic enough for you to fulfill for every single day of the next year. With this in mind, it is best to come up with a set of style mantras that you would still want to do after the second week of February. In any case, if you have been looking for attainable fashion resolutions for the next year regardless of whatever your style might be, take a gander at the list below for some suggestions.

1.) Be the most dressed-up person in the room

There is a difference between overdressing and being the most-dressed up in the room. The former implies that there is a strict dress code to be followed and you simply went overboard while the latter means there is a sense of cohesion among all the fashion items you have chosen to sport for that day. For the next year, aim to be the latter and endeavor to be always the best dressed or at least the most dressed up. Being the most dressed-up person in the room for 2017 inspires confidence while allowing you to have fun with fashion as you enjoy putting together an ensemble. Moreover, you will likely get a lot of feel-good compliments which can truly boost your self-esteem.

2.) Look after the things you already have

2017 was all about adopting a minimalist lifestyle in almost every aspect of life which means it would invariably include how you dress. 2017 inspired us to edit our closets and get rid of things that no longer do anything for us and leave only the things we want to wear. As you have already gotten rid of the things you no longer need, let 2018 be the year you take better care of the things you already do have. In a sense, this means dry-cleaning your blouses, having your shoes repaired before it becomes an emergency and damage becomes irreparable and irreversible. Doing so would save you from doing any needless shopping sprees where you might feel compelled to acquire more clothing items than necessary which would be counterintuitive to your minimalist movement.

3.) Buy more of what you love

Fashion columnists have always encouraged their readers to have a more diverse wardrobe by buying from different boutiques and designers. In this regard, they were compelled to break the mold and try on different styles—even if they do not necessarily need to do so. If you have already found your personal style and know which styles do look on you best, do not be afraid to buy more of it and wear it on repeat for the next year. While some might argue that this sounds like a boring option, it is also a subtle way of forming a signature style in which a specific kind of clothing could be identified with you. Bulk up on what fashion styles do work for you and have fun wearing them in a myriad of ways you can imagine.

4.) Embrace fun fashion

For the New Year, try not to conform too much and simply have fun with fashion. There is absolutely no reason for you to follow every style edict and fashion advice and take them to heart. Have fun with fashion and mix it up every once in a while. Be bold and try something new that has not been done before. Mix some of your frilly and girly dresses with your boyfriend or tomboy jeans. Alternatively, you can do an epic fashion fusion from different eras by digging up old vintage apparel which you would then mix with contemporary staples and new pieces. Next year, endeavor to stand out and make a fashion statement.

5.) Do not resist color

If you have a streamlined wardrobe consisting of only basic and neutral colors such as blue, black, grey, white and different shades of brown and cream, then it is time to inject some color into your closets. Instead of blending in with your surroundings, go for bold hues and rock a vibrant fashion ensemble that would be sure to turn heads in your direction. Embrace color and have more of it in your wardrobes. Moreover, try not to make them something you wear once a week and instead rotate them on different days. After all, wearing brighter colors can affect your mood, and if you are looking to have a more cheerful mindset in 2018, you best start by wearing cheerier, brighter and happier-looking colors.

If you have wanted to look better fashion-wise for the next year, keep in mind that there are some style choices you have to adapt and some to discard. For your sartorial well-being, some of the doable deeds are already mentioned above, and you should definitely consider incorporating them into your daily habits. After all, 2018 should be the year of the better-dressed you.

 

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