Even the most colorful wardrobes need some updating now and then. It is not just about updating your look but also how you see yourself in the mirror. Having a fresh wardrobe can be the key to self-esteem: clothes that look good on you can also make you feel good about yourself.
Do you have doubts if it’s time to refresh your look? Let’s take a look at the most alarming signs that it is urgent to update your wardrobe.
Nothing to Wear
This is definitely a red flag if you need more than 30 minutes to find an outfit even though your closet is full. The feeling of “nothing to wear” or being tired of always wearing the same items is often the first sign that you need to buy new clothes.
After all, you should have enough clothes that you love to wear, and getting dressed should not be such a struggle. Here are some tips to make your wardrobe more interesting:
- Get rid of pieces that don’t suit you anymore (if they don’t look good today, they won’t look good tomorrow).
- Focus on clothes that serve more than one purpose, and that can be used in different seasons.
- Sort your clothes by color to facilitate quick matches; even suggest matches you never thought of.
- Check if you don’t have too many of the same colors in your wardrobe.
- You need to get one out of the closet for every new outfit you buy.
- Stop buying or keeping pieces “for the future” (for example, the traditional “I’ll save this one for when I lose 10kg”).
Your clothes should reflect/serve your lifestyle. If you make the “successful businesswoman” type, it no longer makes sense to dress like you’re still a rebellious teenager.
So if it takes you a long time to choose the clothes to wear each day, maybe your closet no longer reflects the person you are now.
Make sure your clothes “fit” with the life changes (working from home full time, switching careers, becoming a parent, starting dating, etc.) and keep only the pieces that still work for this new person you’ve become.
Remember that it also applies to accessories. Oversized bags or glasses frames in exaggerated sizes and colors do not suit all lifestyles.
Maybe your favorite clothes are just full of holes, tears, or permanent stains. Even if you decide to keep some of these out of nostalgia (like that t-shirt of a band you love), keep in mind that some damages also make them unwearable.
As a rule, if you cannot repair them, it’s time to get new, updated pieces. Many damaged clothes in the wardrobe take up space for new clothes and increase the feeling that you have nothing to wear.
Take the opportunity to do an inventory in search of missing pairs. For example, a sock, glove, or earring that is alone because you lost the other also becomes unwearable.
Dressing up should be a moment of pleasure and inspiration: you should feel good when trying new combinations of your old clothes. If your clothes don’t inspire you anymore, try to involve some colorful items or find pieces that inspire you and allow some self-expression through the outfit.
One of the best ways to combat wardrobe fatigue is to try to combine winter and summer clothing, such as cardigans with jeans or short skirts with boots. It also prevents you from buying too many pieces with each season in mind.
But sometimes, you also have to be radical. Experiment with adding items you don’t normally wear over your old clothes. You may find that some of them match your style. Also, try different combinations with the pieces you wear every day – tossing a jacket over a dress, for example. The combinations should be as diverse as possible and depend solely on the way you feel in front of the mirror.
Put Feeling in Your Wardrobe
Updating your wardrobe isn’t as difficult as it sounds, and it’s a practice you need to adopt from time to time. After all, that piece that made you look amazing a couple of years ago may not make any sense when you look in the mirror today.
If you spend more time choosing clothes than you should, maybe you have more clothes you don’t like (and therefore don’t wear). A good selection can make a difference and add more feeling to your wardrobe.
Remember that you can donate the old pieces (unless they’re ruined, of course) to charity when updating your look. People out there will be very happy with the same clothes you can’t bear to wear anymore.