I’m here today with two of my very favourite topics: fashion and finance (okay, mostly fashion…). While I could easily spend hundreds of hours each season googling and dreaming about what I’d like for my dream closet to hold, I’m far too practical to take any major steps in the direction of actually HAVING said closet.
What I choose to do instead – and what has actually become my preferred method of closet-wrangling – is to invest heavily into my basics, do my best to take care of them and then spend very strategically on a few new, trendy pieces each season. Not only is this ultimately much better for my wallet, its also super beneficial to the planet. Rather than having to discard large chunks of your closet which have gone out of fashion, most of your wardrobe will made up of timeless staples that can be worn for years. This way of dressing can also keep you from looking like you’re overdoing the season’s trends. A super current jacket thrown over a plain t-shirt and jeans with suede booties will have you looking totally stylish, yet still classic.
I begin by identifying what I currently have in each category of clothing (tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, outerwear, accessories, etc) and quickly run through my closet to get rid of anything I’m not wearing or loving. I find which categories I could add some pieces to and I start there. Usually, I set a budget for myself for what I can spend each season, so the number of items I pick up depends on how much everything costs. I try to look for deals. If I’m trying to keep my budget low, I’ll go for more accessories like hats, scarves or shoes that pack a punch or I’ll hunt for amazing deals on outerwear which can be worn over many of my basics to get the most wearability for my dollar.
How do you upgrade your wardrobe each season?
This post is a little different, but I’ve recently had an interesting revelation that I think is worth sharing. I am a constant closet purger. I hate to be surrounded by stuff that I rarely use or that doesn’t make me happy, so I gladly (and continuously) edit my closet and donate what I don’t use or love.
Even though very much enjoy donating what I don’t use, I still have that emotional attachment to some things – as many of us do – and I find it difficult to let them go. This is especially true when I’ve spent a considerable amount of money on an item of clothing and that I just don’t end up wearing or liking as I had expected. It’s recently become increasingly evident to me that often times the reason why I’ll buy a beautiful (and expensive) piece and then not wear it is because its just not comfortable.
Here are my top offenders and easy swaps to make your closet a little comfier:
- Jeans that are too tight or too small. Walking around feeling like you’re going to spill our of your jeans or bust a seam at any moment is not fun (and don’t even get me started on sitting down!!). If you’re anything like me, you may occasionally be tempted to size down in a pair of skin tight jeans because feeling like you’ve dropped a size can feel amazing. HOWEVER, just because you can wiggle your way into a smaller pair doesn’t mean that’s the size you should be buying. Sizing down to the point where you’re not comfortable in your clothes can actually make you look bigger. You’ll not only be creating pinches and bulges that wouldn’t otherwise be there, but you’ll likely be pulling and adjusting your clothing all day trying to get comfortable. Moral of the story: buy a size that is comfortable on you and save yourself the money and the discomfort.
- Dresses and skirts that are too short. If you’re on the curvier side, I feel you girl. This can be so so frustrating! There is nothing worse than finding an adorable mini skirt only to discover that it covers little more than your underwear. As difficult as it can be, sometimes you just gotta let the cute skirt go.
- Too-high heels or generally uncomfortable shoes. We’ve all been there. Heels are so tempting to buy, but can be so difficult to wear. This is probably one of the most common mistakes I make in my wardrobe and I’ve recently decided that unless we’re talking about a block or a wedge, I’m keeping my heels under 4 inches. I know I won’t grab for them otherwise.
If you’re not comfortable in it, you won’t wear it. I’ve learned this one the hard way.
Thanks for reading friends!