It is satisfying to actually wear almost everything you own on a regular basis. No wasted closet space, less conflict when choosing outfits, easier packing for holidays and a defined sense of personal style- there are lots of benefits. Here are five more subtle ways in which I stop myself from buying clothes which will never get worn.
1. Stick to the 'one in, one out rule.' Whenever I buy a new item of clothing, I discard an existing one. This might sound wasteful but it actually makes me carefully consider purchases before making them. If I cannot think of something which is worth getting rid of, I won't buy something new. This is a way of adding a little resistance to the act of buying clothes and making it more thoughtful. It means that my wardrobe evolves to meet my needs and stays concise.
2. Consciously spend your disposable income on something else.When you have a clear vision of where to channel the money normally going on clothes (be that £10 or £1000 a month), a tangible reward is created for changing your behaviour. Regardless of your actual income, no one needs clothes they never wear. I saved up to go to Paris recently.
3. Schedule when you do laundry. This is a tiny change that can make an enormous difference to your wardrobe. I plan laundry loads in advance and that leads to needing fewer clothes as I can be sure that what I need on particular days will be clean.
4. Stick to a colour scheme. Minimalists are infamous for only wearing monochrome clothes. I mostly own black and grey, with some white or denim items. It is a cliche though it does make it easier to actually wear what you own. After all, one black t-shirt looks pretty much the same as another so why buy multiple? If you choose colours which you love and that suit you, they are more likely to get worn. I love wearing black- it feels good in it and choosing outfits is simple. As a plus, this makes laundry much easier.
5. Buy duplicates of favourite items. Note that this is advice for having clothes you wear, not for owning fewer. These will interconnect with time. If I find the perfect piece and it is possible to buy a duplicate, I do. This eliminates having to choose new ones- one less choice to make on a day to day basis. I recently returned to Hoodies and brought a version of my favourite dress in grey and another one of a crop top I wear almost daily.
What tips do you have for avoiding buying clothes which will never get worn? Let me know in the comments!
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