What we wear has an impact on our thoughts, feelings as well as how we connect with others. Having a wardrobe is something we are all tasked with the duty of obtaining and maintaining. This is not a duty exclusively for those who desire to be fashionable or stylish.
Let’s take a look at 10 tips that you are misusing your wardrobe.
Your everyday look made you look tired.
The origin of this issue is what I call “go-to” items. Consider your looks over one month. Are these items ‘go-to’ largely because they fit comfortably? Do you fall back on these items out of frustration? Are these also items that you launder most often? Answering “Yes” to most of these questions indicates that you are wearing down your wardrobe.
2. You find yourself saying you have nothing to wear but have a lot of clothes in your wardrobe.
The origin of this issue is being overwhelmed from life responsibilities or having too many options in your wardrobe. Does creating looks cause confusion when looking at options? Are you exploring a new style and have not detoxed the old looks? Do you create a mess when getting dressed so you use “go-to” items? Answering “Yes” to most of these questions indicates that you are not buying with the items end use in mind. Consider doing a wardrobe detox and 30 day wardrobe usage journal.
3. It is difficult to identify complimentary items in your wardrobe.
The origin of this issue is the lack of transitional wardrobe staples and implusive shopping habits. First, consider your motivations to make purchases. Is the majority of your wardrobe purchased for one occasion ? Do you look for items that flatter you and may be appropriate for multiple occasions? Are your accessory items being used creatively? Answering these questions will help indicate that you are not building a wardrobe but making purchases case by case.
4. You look at your wardrobe and feel overwhelmed.
The origin of this issue is lack of planning. Consider the manner in which you accumulated your wardrobe. Have you synced your motivation to make purchases with how those purchases will be stored? Do you detox your wardrobe annually? Are past purchases often forgotten? Would like a solution but do not know where to start? Answering most of these questions can help indicate that you do not consider your wardrobe storage space when you are making purchases.
5. You are using under 80% of your wardrobe annually.
The origin of this issue is found in the amount of wardrobe items that you “purchased with intention”. Consider those impulse buys, options for one time use such as special occasions or vacations. Consider the many items that you have not worn that have tags on them. Do you have well fitting wardrobe items that have not been worn in over a year? Do you still find these items fashionable? Does thinking of how to use them cause you stress? Answering “Yes”' to most of these questions indicates that you are not taking advantage of your style opportunities and should consider using socializing as reasons to use these items. If you don't know where to start perhaps a wardrobe utilization consultation could get you in the right direction. The goal is to utilize 80% of our wardrobe within a 365 day period.
6. You know what style you want but don’t feel your wardrobe supports the vision.
Think about your overall self adornment process. Are you inspired by images of stylish individuals? Do you purchase exact items of marketed looks or close replicas? Do you detox your wardrobe annually? Do you relate inspirations back to your signature style? Answering “Yes” to most of these questions indicates you are overly inspired by fashion industry marketing and may want to start with a staple wardrobe that exudes your style and build tour looks out from there.
7. You shop for new clothes often.
The origin of this issue is a cycle of buyer's remorse. Consider your after purchase behavior. Are you closely evaluating items? Do you rely on return policies as a safety net? Are you ensuring that needs are prioritized higher than pleasure from making a purchase? Answering these questions will help indicate that your wardrobe is working you not working for you.
8. It is stressful to put your clothes away after washing.
The origin of this issue is unorganized wardrobe storage. Think about the space available for wardrobe storage. Do you consider storage space when buying new wardrobe items? Are you storing items in easy access places? Do you use the proper folds and hangers to store items? Is laundry being done frequently to avoid your clothes being piled up? Answering these questions will help you evaluate if your wardrobe storage is being used efficiently and your washing systems are working.
9. You forget about items that are in your wardrobe.
The origin of this issue is mixed between lack of organization and having too many options. Consider your intentions for wardrobe purchases. Has your wardrobe increased since your last detox? Are your wardrobe items placed in an easy access manner? Are many items purchased with no immediate use in mind? Answering these questions will help you evaluate if you are accurately rationalizing your wardrobe items' value to you. Having a lot of something can lead to lack of appreciation and undervaluing having it as a possession.
10. You lack diversity amongst categories of wardrobe.
The origin of this issue is fear of leaving a comfort zone. Consider the items you're most comfortable using. Do you tend to buy multiple colors of the same style item? Do you buy or wear the same color items? Are you giving yourself permission to look different from your usual? Answering these questions will help you evaluate if you have a signature style or are in a style rut.
In conclusion, We must unlearn a wasteful wardrobe mindset and embrace a healthy wardrobe mindset. Doing so will boost confidence and decrease our wardrobe issues. If you need support feel free to book a consultation or read up on the subconscious reason you're misusing your wardrobe.