Lots of clothes, nothing to wear.

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You’re just getting into the stride of your career. You’re a mid-level professional with hope, promise, and youth. Like others in your position, you have a wardrobe brimming with clothes. Yet how often have you gone to your closet and lamented, “I have nothing to wear”?

Nothing to wear?

 

 

 

The average closet today has about 100 clothing items. That’s a lot. Your parents had half as many clothes at your age and your grandparents had half as many as they did. So why do so many professionals today feel they have nothing to wear? The answer lies in our ever-changing culture.

You likely don’t do the same kind of work that your parents and grandparents did. From the early 1900s through the 1960s, American industry revolved around blue-collar factory work and farming jobs. gm1What you wore to work every day was more or less a clean version of the same outfit. But whether blue or white collar, there was a generally appreciated style that was easily followed. The economic and the cultural landscape started to change dramatically by the 1960s. Blue collar jobs started loosing ground to white collar.

The aftermath of the various cultural upheavals of the 1960s also led to the partial rejection of formal attire.

coverAccordingly, the individual behind the “uniform” needed to be expressed and appreciated. And to express yourself you needed more and different types of clothing. This economic and cultural shift was a boon to the fashion industry. And with new technology in textiles, fashion, once reserved for the rich and famous, became affordable to nearly everyone.

 

 

 

Freed from the template of tradition, professionals today are more open to experiment in their dress. 198629-pn-workwearMany are expected to look both formal and casual; a professional casual. It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s indicative of a society where the professional is required to embrace the new to be relevant.

In our efforts to stay relevant we feel compelled to keep up with the newest fashion. But clothing that is fashionable today will be less appealing tomorrow. In less than half a decade our closets become filled with clothing we’ve left behind.

Elizabethian ActorsToday’s professional is not the first to experience the challenge of fashion: To quote Shakespeare, “…I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man”.

 

 

Today it is a common problem, produced by affluence, and experienced by many. That’s how a closet full of clothes turns into just a few go-to outfits, and suddenly we have nothing to wear.

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Foolproof Guide to Creating an Awesome Wardrobe (By Buying Clothes You Will Actually Wear)

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This could be your wardrobe!

This could be your wardrobe!

It is said that we use only 1/3 of the clothes in our closets. Wow. If that’s true, it means that 2/3 of our wardrobe we should never have bought in the first place. OK, maybe there are legitimate reasons for not using some of those clothes. You lost or gained weight, you’re waiting for the right occasion, or you’re holding onto your Members Only jacket, hoping it comes back in style one day. But what about the rest of those clothes you never wear?

 

If there is a science to the art of buying clothes that you will actually wear, it starts by first establishing your style.Dressed mannequins

Manufacturers spend millions of dollars trying to sell you the new look and their idea of style. But mannequins and models in catalogs can be made to look great in anything. So don’t assume you have to dress like them to look good. It’s your job to decide what works for you.

Figuring that out is easy. Are you more comfortable with a classic elegant look, or, a bold fashion-forward look? When the tailor asks you, “cuffs or straight leg?” and you respond,  “what’s everybody else doing?” then maybe you fit right in the middle. There may not be a special name for your style, but who cares? The important thing is that your wardrobe fits comfortably on your body and within your style.

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Unless you just recently started buying clothing, you already have the answer to decoding your style hanging in your closet.

Look in your closet and identify your go-to outfits. Force yourself to describe why you like them. Maybe it’s because you feel the cut makes you look taller, slimmer, more attractive, more professional, or friendlier. Then determine how it does this: is it because it has a lower waistline, a v-scoop, or a drape neck, etc. Then ask yourself why you don’t like other outfits as much. While color is important, try to think beyond just the color of the item. This exercise should give you a good sense of your general style.

The second crucial element to buying clothes you will actually wear is to never go shopping without a specific need in mind.

When you go shopping without a particular need, you increase the chance of buying clothing that doesn’t fit your style or wardrobe. Before shopping, spend a little time in your closet to review. Your wardrobe should not be a random assortment of clothing; the next item you buy needs to fit somewhere and it needs to match something.

It helps to think of individual clothing items as players on a team. When shopping, shop for the team. You might tell yourself, “I need a charcoal pants to match my wool plaid jacket; a blue shirt and skirt that will compliment my green sweater.” Ask yourself: does the item easily create more outfit combinations on my team? If the answer is no, then you probably shouldn’t buy it.

Understanding your style—which clothes you like and why—will go a long way towards making you a better shopper. Buying clothing with a specific need in mind will help you create an awesome wardrobe that you will actually use.

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Up Clothes and Personal – Discover Your Style

Vintage, couture, casual, preppy. What’s your clothing style?

As our in-house fashion blogger Allison explains, understanding your clothing style is important to creating a cohesive look. And it’s not that hard to do. Just answer these three simple questions:

1. What colors, tones, and textures do I favor?
2. Which clothes do I wear most often?
3. For the clothes that I’ve bought, but never actually worn, what drew me to them initially?

Watch the video above to learn more!

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