The truth is I have a lot of clothes. There I said it! It’s the truth. I may be thrifty, but I love my wacky skirts and plain t-shirts. While I have a wide variety of clothing options, I found myself sticking to the staples especially in the morning when I had little time to plan an outfit. I’ll share some tips on how not to wear out your favorite clothing items and accessories!
It became apparent that my favorite clothes were on their death beds. One victim was my favorite vintage cardigan—a cream colored one with cream embroidered flowers. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this one item. However, today, a year after I purchased it, it’s on its last legs due to the fact that I was wearing it twice a week at one point. Don’t let this happen to you.
The first step to preventing over use of your clothes is to divide your clothes into categories if only in your mind. I have certain clothes that are designated “business casual” and I only wear these clothes to work or special occasions. The other main category I have is “casual clothes,” which includes clothes I wear everywhere but work. This mentality can be used on any category of clothing (shirts, skirts, dresses, socks). Dividing your clothes and sticking to your categories will make your clothes last longer.
Another method is to divide your clothes by what you have worn and what you haven’t worn. This month I challenged myself not to wear the same thing twice until I ran out of clothes. One closet holds clothes I haven’t worn and the pieces I have worn are banished to the fall/winter coat closet. These items are taken out of rotation.
Clothes I haven’t worn.
Clothes I have worn.
I’ve been noticing lately that I am fairly anti-accessory mostly because I stored away my jewelry in boxes. In effort to use what jewelry I have more, I put my jewelry out where I could see it everyday. I made this board myself and hope it will help me use what few accessories I do have. This is more of my every day jewelry. I keep my “good jewelry” in a jewelry box lined with velvet to protect gold and semi-precious stones.
I’ve found that setting guidelines is the biggest factor in not overusing my clothing. Following these rules can be difficult, but hopefully it will push you to be more creative and work with what you do have instead of run out and purchase something new.