Improving your look is a lot easier than it may seem and it only requires a few small changes. Read these 11 tips to be more stylish and dress better forever…
Make your way into every new year with the hopes of making it your most stylish year yet. We will help you achieve it by telling you what to do with old clothes, when to buy new pieces, and how to make more sensible decisions when it comes to your wardrobe.
Plus, these tips can be applied to both men and women – guys, there is no reason why your outfits should suck.
Now we will break down 12 tips to be more stylish and fix up your closet so you can make space, save money, and look the best you ever have:
1. Don’t Underestimate The Power Of A Small Wardrobe
Being effortlessly stylish doesn’t require a huge budget or three walk-in closets worth of designer clothes. Oftentimes, keeping it simple is all it takes to look good. You will need to make good, sensible decisions on what you need, what makes you feel great, and what needs to end up in the garbage can.
A smaller wardrobe can come together with as little as 15 pieces and then expanded upon once you find your true style. However, if you’re going to have a small set to choose from, you will need to look after your clothes and read the instruction on how to wash and care for the items.
2. Invest In What You Already Own
Many of us are guilty of accumulating tons of clothing and accessories and then throwing them away as soon as they become damaged. When that damage is what can make a piece unique to you. Just because something has worn a little doesn’t mean it needs to be discarded for good.
Invest in the pieces you already have and learn where you can get certain articles of clothing fixed locally. It is usually worth spending a little bit of money to get things fixed rather than re-buying the same thing over and over again.
3. Know Your Wardrobe Inside Out
It’s easy to forget what’s sitting in your closet and dresser drawers when you haven’t worn the items in quite some time. There will be great pieces that you believe were lost that were actually hidden away and haven’t seen the light of day for months (or even years).
Before you head to your favorite spot and buy something new, make sure that you have a clear idea of what is in your wardrobe. Take the time to clear things out and declutter your stuff so you will know what you have and what you don’t.
The last thing you want to do is buy something you don’t need or already have.
4. Create Your “Uniform”
Becoming more stylish doesn’t mean you have to have completely different pieces that make you seem like a different person every day of the week. Of course, you shouldn’t aim to have the 15 of the same shirt and 10 of the same pants, but don’t be afraid to have similar items that you know fit you well.
All of the most stylish men and women in the world have their own uniform. They keep it simple, they know what style works for them, they know what improves their look, and they stick to their formula when choosing new pieces. Are you athletic? Are you rugged? Are you a fashionista? Are you a greaser? Figure out and learn your personal style archetype.
5. Make Some Tough Decisions
Absolutely no one likes throwing things away. Especially when your hard earned money was spent to obtain the items. To part with a certain piece of clothing sometimes means letting go of old memories. However, there is no need to hold onto everything you’ve ever loved or worn.
Allowing those once or twice worn items to sit in your room for years to come is a great way to lose space for new, exciting pieces you might find along the way. If you’re having a really hard time parting with a certain piece of clothing, put it to the test and see how many times you wear it over the next few months. If it never gets worn, it gets tossed to the curb.
6. Discover New Brands
It’s easy to get stuck in a style rut when you become attached and comfortable with certain brands and shops – just as people do in their place of work. We aren’t saying you should drop your favorites, but you should always keep an eye out for up-and-coming brands and brands that are selling pieces you love.
Amazing brands hit the market every day and they are waiting to be discovered. Explore the physical and online world year round and you’ll end up with some truly special, stylish finds that will have everyone asking where you shop.
7. Don’t Go On Shopping Sprees – They Aren’t Worth It
A few times a year, we feel like we hate everything we wear and there is nothing exciting to throw on anymore. When this happens, more often than not, we decide to go on huge shopping sprees and end up spending large amounts of money on items we may never wear. Don’t let your wardrobe get to this point.
Instead, keep an eye on piece-prizes all year round to find things you love and can’t live without. Think of your style as a constantly evolving process rather than a push-button restart every few months.
Allowing yourself to buy one really nice piece one per week or month, rather than having huge shopping sprees instead, will likely result in much better and more thought-out style decisions.
8. Buy One, Get Rid Of One
A simple rule to keep in mind is that when you adopt one piece, you get rid of another. Every time you add something new, take a piece out to sell, donate to charity, or hand down to someone in your family.
Not only will this keep your closet racks and drawers from overflowing, but it will make you much more confident about your purchase when you know another piece will be biting the dust. You’ll never buy something unless you completely love it.
9. Don’t Buy Something Only Because It’s A Bargain
Bargain shopping sprees most often end with disappointment because you weren’t buying because you loved the piece but because it was on sale. It’s easy to be won over by extreme discounts – we know – but you should really only buy a piece if you feel it will be a much-needed addition to your clothing arsenal.
No matter how affordable it was, if you never wear it, it’s a complete waste of time and money.
10. Don’t Buy Something That Doesn’t Fit You Or Your Style
It’s not uncommon to hold on to items that no longer fit in the hopes that they will once again in the future. It’s also common to buy something a few sizes smaller than you are now as an incentive to lose weight. However, holding on to these items you can’t physically wear is one of the worst things you can do if you’re trying to reduce the size of your wardrobe and improve your style.
What good is a piece if you can never wear it? Be realistic and honest with yourself – if it doesn’t fit, donate it.
Another thing people tend to do is buy something on a whim because it’s a big trend or a current fad that we saw on someone else. But, just because it looked great one someone else doesn’t mean it will suit you. If the piece of clothing doesn’t make you feel confident and comfortable in your own shoes, it has no place in your life or closet.
11. Stay Away From Single-Occasion Items
Everyone is guilty of purchasing an outfit, piece of clothing, or jewelry for certain events or special occasions. Maybe you’re out on a Friday night with old friends, or heading somewhere else exciting that makes you feel like you need something special to make the occasion more enjoyable.
However, as much as we like the piece that we buy, it rarely gets more than once. Instead of purchasing something extravagant for only one type of event, try to have a few dressier pieces that you can mix and match for a more versatile wardrobe.
If you go for something simple and classy, rather than trendy, you’ll be able to wear it again and again for events to come. Plus, accessorize cleverly and it will never look or feel the same.