I always see the New Year as a time to get my wardrobe in order, both in terms of the clothes I have and the way I utilize the space in my closet and drawers. Beginning in December, like many Caribbean women, I work on getting my house spick and span just in time for Christmas and this carries over into January. I tend to work on storage in December and streamlining my wardrobe in January.
Many of us have the same wardrobe challenges: lots of stuff we don’t wear, not having the pieces that would make our wardrobe more cohesive, and being unable to quickly find the pieces we do have. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips to help you get started on revamping your wardrobe for 2014.
1. Take an inventory of what you have.
Take everything out of your closet and make three piles: What you love, what you hate and what has rips, stains or missing buttons. Keep what you love, donate what you hate and determine whether anything in the third pile can be salvaged. When you come across those pieces that you don’t like, have never worn and can’t even remember buying, donate them to a charity of your choice or a less fortunate woman you know.
2. Focus on those pieces you love.
We all have a few items that we wear often. It may be a pair of jeans that fit perfectly or a power suit that makes you feel confident on even the toughest days. Consider what you really love about these items and look for a couple of other pieces that are similar. Maybe you fell in love with the fit of a particular brand or the way the fabric feels against your skin. Keep that in mind when you go shopping.
3. Don’t forget the basics.
Jeans, t-shirts, well-fitting and supportive undergarments, cardigans, black pants, white button down shirts, and pearl necklaces. There are key items in most wardrobes but you can make the necessary substitutions based on your lifestyle and line of work. Make sure you have an adequate supply of whatever is absolutely necessary for you.
4. Invest in accessories.
Once you have basic clothing items in your wardrobe, you get to make some fun purchases. Get varying scarves, necklaces, earrings, belts, and so on to switch up your looks. Bold colours, prints and interesting textures make a world of difference.
5. Try something new.
Is there a look you’ve always wanted to try? Do you admire a particular woman’s style choices, but think you could never pull it off the way she does? You won’t know for sure until you actually give it a shot. If you’re usually all about pastels and floral prints, try something a little edgier. If you gravitate toward menswear-inspired pieces, try a flirty skirt in 2014.
6. Store it right.
Putting together outfits and getting ready in the morning is a breeze if your things are well organized. From clothes to belts and necklaces, there are several storage options to choose from.