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Four Ways To Get The Most Out of Your Wardrobe

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We’re all familiar with that closet full of clothes but nothing to wear feeling. We’ve probably all dragged a bunch of pieces out the wardrobe and then left them on the bed or floor because nothing seemed right for the occasion.  These meltdowns are quite common.

Thankfully, I don’t have these experiences very often anymore and you don’t have to either. It all centres on building a wardrobe that fits your personality and lifestyle.  Don’t think this means you need to constantly buy new pieces.  It means making the most out of what you already have and thinking carefully about any new pieces you add.

So let’s get into some of the things you need to consider.

Forget that work clothes/”out” clothes distinction.

Obviously, you won’t wear your sexy club dress to church but wherever possible, buy pieces that can be styled differently depending on the occasion.  Jackets can help you transition a strappy top from the weekend to the office. Tights can make a shorter skirt more work appropriate. Jewellery, belts, hairstyles and makeup can go a long way in making an outfit look completely different. The dress below can easily be styled for both work and play.

Take advantage of flea markets and thrift stores.

This suggestion serves two purposes. Thrift or consignment stores give you a way to get rid of those clothes you’ve only worn once while also letting you buy new to you pieces that would be more useful. If you’re in Barbados you can try 2nd Encore Consignment BoutiqueSt Michael’s Cathedral Thrift Shop,  A’New Treasures. I’ve never shopped with any of them so I can’t vouch for the selection but they should be worth a try. You can also get a group of friends together and swap some of your clothes and accessories.

Invest in multi-way clothing

Convertible clothing is especially popular among frequent travellers since it reduces the amount of luggage you have to lug around. However,  they can also be useful for the average person since you can get a lot of mileage from one piece. Quite a few options are available online but my plug is for this 5-way dress designed by Barbadian Andrea King of The 5th Element Experience.

The 5th Element Experience 5-way dress, andrea king, barbadian fashion, caribbean fashion

Get the right mix of colours.

You know that skirt you have that only goes with that one top? You may want to ditch it! Unless you are content wearing the exact same outfit all the time, you’re not getting much mileage from that skirt. Basically, you wasted your money. I would suggest giving it away or selling it at a flea market unless it has some sentimental value.

Don’t make the same mistake again. You want clothes that can easily mix and match with each other. For me, black and white make the perfect canvas but you may prefer earth tones. Whatever your preference, the point is to buy pieces that you can coordinate easily.

Do you have other tips for making the most out of your wardrobe?  Or do you have a specifc question you need answered? Drop me a line in the comments.

3 Common Wardrobe Problems and How to Solve Them

You’ve probably heard the term “shop your stash” in reference to makeup, hair products or nail polish. The idea is to save money and clear some space by using products you already have before you buy more. You can also shop from among your  clothing, shoes, bags and accessories because chances are, you don’t wear a lot of the items you have. A full closet and “nothing to wear” is one of the most  common wardrobe problems.

I’m going to share a few ideas to help you get some mileage out of clothing you may be uncertain about wearing. If you absolutely hate a piece, it’s probably best to swap with a friend, sell via a resale store or donate to charity. On the hand, if you like it but can’t quite figure out how to get it into rotation, these tips are for you.

Wardrobe problems

 

Wardrobe Problem: You have a fancy dress but you don’t wear it because you don’t go to cocktail parties or formal dinners.

Solution: Reach out to your closest girlfriends and make a reservation at a swanky restaurant well in advance. You probably end up going for pizza or ice cream since it’s cheaper and you can do it at short notice. But a little pre-planning can go a long way. Save up for a fancy night and encourage your girls to wear the dresses or shoes they don’t usually wear. Prepare to take tons of pics!

Wardrobe Problem: You have a statement piece but you’re not quite sure how to style it.

Solution: There can be a temptation to go all out when you have a bold print or colour. And maybe you CAN pair that zebra print jacket with another print someday (like you saw on Instagram) but start out simple. Maybe a black pencil skirt is all you need to get you out the door the first time. You can try riskier looks as you go on.

Wardrobe Problem: You like the print but you don’t like the silhouette or there’s just some element you want to change.

Solution: Try some DIY. Make cutoffs from long jeans. Use the material from a top to make a headband or headwrap. Turn a skirt into a cosmetic bag.  If it’s the colour you don’t like, try dyeing the item.

Getting dressed and making the most of your wardrobe can be challenging but it can also be fun so enjoy the process!
If you have a particular wardrobe challenge, drop a line below and let’s see if we can help you out.