Tired of splurging on the trend of the month only to be left with a closet full of out of style pieces month’s later? We’re here to help with six fashion editor secrets on how to build a wardrobe that stands the test of time.
Take stock of your closet
Imagine, a wardrobe filled with only your favorite pieces that fit well and look great on you! Most of us have a closet overflowing with long forgotten items we never wear, which makes getting dressed each day a chore. It’s time to take stock of your wardrobe and look at everything with a fresh eye. This is your first step towards discovering your personal style and creating a wardrobe that works for you. First, set aside everything that you love, have worn recently and know you want to keep. Everything that is left should be tried on and examined with a discerning eye. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, is in poor condition or is woefully out of style — there’s no sense hanging on to things you’ll never wear or waiting until something comes back in style. After eliminating the dead weight, what remains are old favorites that are ready to be rediscovered and added to your daily wardrobe.
Think like a fashion editor
Now it’s time to act like a fashion editor: mix and match your pieces and see how they can be worn in new ways. Get creative or use magazines, fashion blogs and Instagram for inspiration, you’ll be amazed at how many new outfits you can create with the pieces you already own. And if you’re truly organized, take digital photos of your outfit ideas — it will make getting dressed easier and will ensure that items don’t get lost in the back of your closet again. Finally, organize your closet the best that you can and move your most versatile favorites front and center. Remember, if you can’t see it, you won’t wear it.
Shop for what you need, not what you want
Now that your closet is organized and you (hopefully) love everything that remains, it’s time to rethink how you shop. Don’t obsess over the latest must-have, focus on what you need to round out your wardrobe instead. Do you really need a 10th pair of black pumps or another little black dress? No, but perhaps that fabulous statement necklace is just the thing to make your little black dress or classic white shirt pop.
Focus on seasonless pieces that can be layered and worn year round
Try not to think in terms of winter and summer clothes; instead, invest in seasonless items that ensure you will get the most out of every piece you buy. Fabrics like silk, cotton and lightweight wool or cashmere can be worn virtually all year. Sleeveless or short sleeve pieces can be easily layered under jackets and cardigans or over thin turtlenecks and long sleeve shirts when the temperature dips. Skirts and dresses can be paired with tights and boots in the winter or bare legs and sandals in the summer.
Think quality, not quantity
In recent years, we have become so accustomed to fast fashion and the trend of the moment, that we often sacrifice quality in order to own “the next big thing.” Is it better to spend $200 on 5 cheap but chic shirts you’ll wear just for the season, or should you spend that money on a great fitting dress you’ll wear for years? A disposable wardrobe just doesn’t make sense. The savvy wardrobe is well-edited and consists mainly of quality pieces that are made well and will last.
Discover the power of accessories
Whether it’s a fantastic necklace, a chic belt, a colorful scarf, textured tights, a luxe handbag or oversized sunglasses, a well-chosen accessory has the power to instantly upgrade or completely transform your look. A few high-impact accessories can do wonders for your wardrobe.