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When it comes to what we wear, we all occasionally fall for a new trend, fad or deal that adds at least one more item to the pile of clothes that makes up our wardrobe. The irony of having too much to wear is that it makes it even more difficult to choose what to wear. This is known as decision fatigue.
Put simply, having more decisions to make results in us being less effective at making them. Therefore, spending every morning rummaging through your clothing collection impacts your ability to make good decisions later in the day.
Having a clean, simple and organized wardrobe makes one part of your everyday life easier and less stressful, so it’s well worth a try. Here are four steps to help you achieve just that.
Eliminate the Unnecessary
A logical starting point would be to get rid of all the clothes that you don’t wear. This includes anything that’s ripped, stained, faded or ill-fitting. It’ll inevitably be difficult to part with certain items, but if all they’re doing is lying there and taking up space, they’re far better off being with someone who will put them to good use.
Aside from discounted clothing, the biggest contributor to our growing wardrobes is the trends that come and go before we’re even done cashing in on them. Sticking to a closet of timeless staples that are guaranteed to look great both today and in 10 years from now will go a long way in slimming down your wardrobe.
Invest in Quality
Consider the cost-per-wear theory when choosing what to keep and what to replace with a higher quality piece. For example, a $500 trench coat will last forever if properly taken care of. Not only will it cost less than replacing your generic $80 coat every year, but a quality branded garment will also look, fit and feel better.
This is most noticeable with footwear. Cheap, mass-produced sneakers, for example, will wear out and look terrible within a few years. Look out for designer labels that focus on quality. You can find a variety of them on SSENSE, whether you want a pair of Gucci sneakers that’ll last a lifetime or a striking pair of Louboutin heels for every special occasion.
If you feel like challenging yourself, have a go at Courtney Carver’s Project 333 challenge. This involves dressing with no more than 33 items for a three-month period. The challenge excludes workout clothing, underwear (check out EBY), and sleepwear, but does include jewellery and accessories.
It makes perfect sense – especially if you stick to items that are versatile enough to be worn on multiple occasions. So, once you’ve chosen your 33 items for the next three months, box up the rest of your clothes and take them out of the closet.
Feel free to keep a few statement pieces or items with memories attached to them. Even if you get rid of just a few pieces, to begin with, it’s still a step in the right direction.
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