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Look stylish, buy less this season

BY: Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah
One good way to keep your wardrobe at a sensible size is to adopt the one-in, one-out approach.

Every New Year comes with different plans. For some, they have to look good throughout the year. We are equally in a season where most people are crying that the current inflation is weighing down on their pockets.

For many, the start of another year can be a great opportunity to declutter one's life and take stock of what you really need, particularly when it comes to your wardrobe. In many ways, it is the perfect time to figure out what should stay, and what should go. Have you observed that whenever you try to declutter your wardrobe, you end up finding some clothes, shoes and accessories you bought several years ago and never touched?

 

Most of us are guilty of hoarding things, therefore, if you intend not to spend a lot on clothes this year you can definitely uphold the decision. Below are some wardrobe resolutions to undertake now so that you can make space, save money and look the best you ever have.

 

Try to get rid of something

One good way to keep your wardrobe at a sensible size is to adopt the one-in, one-out approach. For instance, if you buy a skirt or a pair of jeans, go through your things and see if there is something that does not fit you again. You can easily give it away to a friend, sibling or someone who likes it. This will also go a long way to refrain you from buying and keeping things you don’t want. Especially if you are the type who loves holding on to your things.

 

Do you buy a dress for every occasion?

Instead of purchasing something specifically for certain events, try to have a few dressier pieces in your wardrobe that are handier. If you go for something simple and more classic, rather than trend-led, you’ll be able to wear it again and again. Accessorised cleverly, it will never feel the same look.

 

 

Return things that do not fit you

There are times you come across a beautiful shirt or dress which may not be your size yet you don’t want to let go. Always be realistic and honest with yourself. You can’t keep such a dress hoping to lose some weight. It doesn’t work that way. If a piece of clothing doesn’t make you feel confident and comfortable, it has no place in your life.

 

Make some tough decisions

Nobody likes throwing things away. To part with a piece of clothing sometimes means letting go of memories, which can be really tough to do. However, there’s no need to hold on to everything you’ve ever loved, especially if it’s something you haven’t worn for decades. If you really can’t bear to part with something, put it on trial and see how many times you wear it in the next six months. If it doesn’t see an outing, it's officially time for it to go.

 

 Know your wardrobe inside out

Before you go ahead and buy something new, make sure that you have a very clear idea of what is in your wardrobe already. If you have a clear-out and declutter, you will know what is in there and this will prevent you from accidentally buying things you don't need. Sometimes, when you find something that appeals to you or flatters your body, you are quick to grab all the various colours that come with it.