Minimise Your Wardrobe: The 80/20 Solution

Do you find yourself hoarding lots of clothes and accessories, but still constantly stuck with nothing to wear? There’s a statistic which states that we wear just 20 per cent of our wardrobe around 80 per cent of the time. Who else is looking at their wardrobe (or floordrobe) right about now?

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Whether you’re on a tight budget when it comes to clothing, or seriously contemplating a reduction of your wardrobe, the 80/20 wardrobe plan will be the answer to your prayers.

How does it work?

80 per cent of your clothes and accessory budget is allocated to pieces which will form the foundation of your wardrobe. This could be anything from a much-coveted leather jacket for winter, an LBD for the warmer months, or even just an everyday pair of denim jeans. It leaves no room for impulse-buying or chronic late-night shopping, either.

Tip: Keep organised!

Make sure you have a list of your must-have pieces either in a favourites folder or stashed away on your phone. To keep from impulse buying, think about the item for at least one week. That way you might even forget about it altogether and save some money, which is a plus.

What about the other 20 per cent?

The rest is free to spend on sales, a tiny impulse purchase, or just something you had to have before leaving the store. Since the bulk of your budget is already put aside for those more serious pieces, this means that you’re less likely to waste your money on an impulse buy.

The damage will be something small and discrete rather than a white leather and fringed jacket for the summer (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).

Tip: Avoid online!

This could be mighty tempting for those who love an ASOS or Topshop sale, but it’s not really worth it if you don’t know your size. Plus, think about the postage costs which are only free if you spend a certain amount of cash. Who else has time to wait for their package to arrive?

Save yourself the disappoint and try these items on in-store if you have the chance. Also, take pictures (from all angles) and save them in your phone.

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July 13, 2015

Do’s And Don’ts Of Detoxing Your Wardrobe 

With summer nearly over, it’s now the best time to go through your wardrobe and clean-out any unnecessary items.

You know the pieces we’re talking about; clubbing dresses, tops that don’t fit anymore, and lets not even mention those shoes you haven’t worn in years. We show you some simple steps if you’re looking to keep, toss, or sell your clothes.

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DO: Try everything on

Lets just get this painful truth out of the way, sometimes clothes don’t fit like they used to. Especially if you’re sorting through the clothes you once wore clubbing at 19. If you’re considering keeping that bandage dress, make sure to try it on first.

DON’T: Go it alone

Remember what Carrie did when she broke up with Big? Invited the entire gang over to her apartment to cull through her closet (margaritas aren’t essential, but kind of necessary). Your friends will be brutally honest with you, and the process won’t feel too daunting.

DO: Distinguish between throw and give

Just because an item isn’t up to your standards, doesn’t mean that you should be giving it away. If you are prepared to donate your clothes to someone else, at least make sure they are in good condition. Throw away any items which are ripped, soiled, or even stained.

DON’T: Keep things for a rainy day

‘I’ll wear this when I lose weight’

How many times have you said this clichéd line to yourself? Bite the bullet and just remove the item from your life altogether. Odds are, it’s probably creating more than half of the clutter in the first place. And think of all the new items you can buy (and wear right now!).

DO: Abide by the 1 year rule

If you haven’t worn an item of clothing in more than one year, then you probably never will. This can be especially painful if your item is still intact with the original sales price…

DON’T: Hold onto damaged items

While it might seem insane to throw away a $500 pair of shoes, you probably wouldn’t wear them if they’re damaged. Re-sole your shoes if possible, and invest in a good suede and leather cleaner. Prevention, people!

DO: Sell your items

Classic pieces such as designer bags, clothes, shoes, and accessories can also be sold for a profit. Make sure you include all authenticity cards, and take many pictures of the item in daylight. It’s also a given that nobody wants to purchase a fake or fraudulent copy, so be honest in your listing.

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February 20, 2015