If you’ve ever found a pair of jeans so comfortable that you want to wear them every day or the perfect jacket for any occasion, then you will know the feeling of getting into a wardrobe rut. Sometimes it’s easy to go for a favorite outfit again and again rather than put the effort into trying something new.
It’s not uncommon, in fact, most of us wear less than half of the clothes we have in our closets with some studies estimating it could be as low as twenty per cent. There are some simple ways to refresh your look without needing to replace everything at once, so consider a mini revamp rather than a complete overhaul with these manageable ideas:
Have a ‘wear with everything’ piece
It may seem counter-intuitive, but a few reliable staples can be the key to a new look, especially if you want to make the most of the things lurking at the back. A pair of black work pants that you can team with any shirt in your closet could help you to fall in love with some of your old favorites again.
Don’t hold on to items you won’t wear
You may have a band t-shirt that you wore to your favorite concert, or a pair of jeans that remind you of an amazing road trip but if you don’t wear them, they need to go. This applies to clothes that no longer fit, anything that you have fallen out of love with, and anything from a trend that has passed on by.
Find any ‘missing pieces’
If you have the perfect pants to wear for an evening out but just need shoes that work with them, then find the shoes and wear the pants. Instead of allowing an item of clothing that you love to languish, bite the bullet and invest in whatever makes it into an outfit.
Become a fixer
A dropped hem, a missing button, a sticky zip – these can all put you off wearing a piece of clothing that could be among your favorites otherwise. If you have clothes that aren’t seeing the light of day because they are damaged, then either fix them yourself or decide whether you are going to invest in paying someone else to do them.
Think outside the box
You may have an item that isn’t getting any action in its current state but could be repurposed to give it a new lease of life. Turning a pair of jeans into shorts is the most obvious one, but if you put your mind to it you can think of plenty more such as turning a necktie, scarf, or even an old t-shirt into a belt to give both items a style upgrade.
If you are bored of sticking with safe colors and styles, then take the opportunity to go for something a little more daring. If you normally wear muted colors or darker hues, choose a shirt in a bright color, an eye-catching jacket, or a scarf with a striking pattern to breathe new life into your look without having to change too much at once.
Sometimes you don’t even need to change your clothes to give yourself a new look – using your accessories to give yourself a change of style couldn’t be easier. A bright necklace can lift an otherwise plain outfit, and a funky bag is a great way to give any outfit an instant makeover.
Whether you want to declutter your closet, update your look, or both, taking a little time to consider what else you could be doing with your wardrobe is a great way to feel good about yourself. From making a few subtle changes to taking the first step towards a complete wardrobe overhaul, there are plenty of ways to work with what you’ve got to make big or small changes.