Making your wardrobe work for you

Do you have plenty of clothes yet feel as if you have nothing to wear? It’s time to make your wardrobe work for you. Use this guide to create a capsule collection that will see you through the seasons and keep you feeling cool, comfortable, and confident.

Have a clear out

Before you purchase any new pieces for your wardrobe, have a clear out of your existing clothes. 

Take out all of your clothes and go through them one by one. With each item, ask yourself if it fits your body, your look, and your lifestyle. Secondly, consider whether or not you will actually wear it. Lastly, check the piece for lingering price tags, and at the other end of the spectrum for stains and damage. 

Essentially, it’s best to follow Marie Kondo’s philosophy for decluttering. Anything that does not bring you joy when it is put on should be donated, recycled, or sold. 

Prioritise the fit

Now that you are sure of your wardrobe basics, it is time to start shopping. 

Most important is to prioritise the fit. Wearing clothes that are the right size means that your outfit is functional and flattering, providing protection and comfort while showing your figure to its best advantage. It will also help to give you a sense of confidence in your overall image. 

For special events or professional clothing such as a three-piece suit, investigate tailoring to ensure a perfect fit. Wearing an item that fits like a glove gives you an elevated sense of style.

Invest in quality

When it comes to building the perfect wardrobe, a key principle is to invest in quality not quantity. 

Well-made pieces often come with a higher price tag but are far more durable, and so will save you money in the long-run. Stick to classic styles rather than trending designs to avoid your clothes dating too quickly. Where possible, choose items that can be incorporated into outfits year-round to maximise the opportunity for wear. 

Good-quality clothing can also be important for your physical health. For example, it is vital to invest in a collection of well-fitting bras to avoid any breast damage or permanent skin marks. The right bra can also improve your posture and improve issues with back pain. 

Shop purposefully

Having said that the fit and the quality are most important when buying new clothes, you should not buy everything that falls into that category. Instead, shop purposefully. 

This means that you should have a clear reason for purchasing your new pieces. For example, this could be stocking up on suitable seasonal items, or searching for an outfit to wear to a particular event. 

You should also consider the usefulness of the item. Is it versatile enough for you to wear it often, and will it work with the rest of your clothes? Be sure to check the functionality as well. For example, when choosing a winter coat consider its warmth and if it is water-proof. Gym clothes should be comfortable and come with sweat-wicking technology.