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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3 Easy Steps to Reduce Stress by Streamlining Your Wardrobe

The holidays are a stressful time; there are cards to send out, meals to prepare and gifts to be bought. That’s why MyClothingHelper wants to leave you with one less thing to worry about by helping you organize your closet and reduce your wardrobe. And, as a bonus, when you purge your closet you can donate those old clothes and accessories to those most in need.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to a leaner, more efficient wardrobe.

  1. The rule that you should “ditch your clothes if you haven’t worn them in a year” doesn’t always apply says Melanie Fascitelli, President and Creative Director of Clos-ette, a company that specializes in creating luxury closets. “Trends come back around, so even if you haven’t worn it in a while, it might be worth keeping. The questions that really need to be asked about your clothes are “would I buy this today?” and “is this looking worn-down?” But, “if something doesn’t fit, it just doesn’t fit,” says Fascitelli. If it’s worn-out or fits poorly, you won’t be comfortable wearing it. The reality is that you probably won’t ever wear it again, so get it out of your closet!
  2. Once you’ve determined what clothes to let go of, you can donate your items to a number of reputable charitable organizations, including DonateMyDress.org, Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Zealous Good.
  3. Maintain a tidy and purposeful wardrobe by grouping clothing items together. Designate a space for all of your dresses and hang them together, do the same with button-down shirts, and so on. Be vigilante in keeping your closet organized. This will save you time by making it easier to find clothes on the rack and it will give you a more clear and organized picture of what clothes you have available to wear.

Closet organization products such as MyClothingHelper, tie racks, and over-the-door shoe organizers are also great tools for keeping a neat and organized closet.

Make this holiday season your most stress-free and giving season yet. Be honest about what clothing you’ll never wear again. If you need help, organization products like MyClothingHelper can help you be more decisive by showing you how often you are really wearing your clothes. And remember to give your excess clothes a second life by donating to a charitable organization.

Organized closet = happy girl

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Clothing Care: Managing Clothing Wear Of Not-Yet-Dirty Clothes

“In-be-cleans,” “purgattire,” “tweener duds” are some of the names given to those clothes that have been worn but aren’t ready to be placed in the laundry basket. Just about everyone has these clothes and we try to keep track of them.Girl in closet

I’ll start by explaining a typical scenario that leads to in-be-clean clothes.  Most of the time I’ll wear a pair of pants to work, sit in my office all day (where I don’t exert too much physical energy), and then change when I get home. Considering the climate-controlled environment I spend most of my time in, unless I spill something on my clothes, the reality is that this hardly-worn clothing is perfectly wearable. I find it’s reasonable to get at least two and maybe even three or four wears from my clothes.Office workers2

But the issue arises of how to organize and keep track of these clothes. You know you’ll wear them again, but you’re hesitant to put them back in your closet where you might confuse them with freshly-cleaned clothes. So often times they end up hanging from hooks and doorknobs, strewn across hamper bins and chairs, or forgotten in a heap on your bedroom floor, your “floordrobe,” if you will. But that’s not really the most organized or aesthetically pleasing way to organize. If your clothes are not dirty enough to be washed, then they are clean enough to hang back in the closet.girl & clothing-pile 2

Some people use a system of hanging clothes backwards in their closet in order to differentiate between dirty and clean. Others rely on the sniff test, a decidedly unscientific, and to some, a gross method of keeping track. (Don’t even get me started on those people who don’t wash their clothes until they are visibly dirty). Ultimately, these methods only get you so far. Sure, you may be able to tell the difference between clean and slightly-worn, but how do you know when it’s actually time to wash?Young man holding pile of clothes 2

The only way to really know is to use a system that keeps track of how often you wear your clothes. That way, not only do you know whether it’s clean or been worn before, you know exactly how many times it’s been worn, and therefore how dirty it is. MyClothingHelper is a product that does just that; it literally counts how many times you wear something. This information allows you to wear something again (and again, if it’s still clean enough) with confidence. No need to waste time while getting dressed in the morning trying to guess what’s fresh and what’s semi-worn.

Using MyClothingHelper can help you get more wear out of your clothes. As a result, you’ll do less laundry and minimize wear and tear on your clothes. Not to mention, it also encourages you to get those in-be-cleans off the floor and back into your closet! It’s a simple tool, but one that provides valuable and practical information to help you organize and maximize your wardrobe.

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