Do you have nothing to wear? Building a Versatile Wardrobe

A versatile wardrobeThere’s nothing more frustrating than having a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear. Maximize your wardrobe’s potential by shopping smart, establishing a clothing budget and using accessories to spice up bland outfits. Here are a few more tips to try.

Perform a wardrobe sweep. Go through every piece of clothing you own and eliminate anything that doesn’t fit, is worn or tore or that you no longer like. Put it all into a box and throw away the rags while giving the nicer items to charity.

Define your personal look. Are you a “classic” type of girl or more “chic”? Knowing your personal style can save you both time and money.

Establish a clothing budget. Put away a little bit of money each month to put towards a new wardrobe. Remember that it’s better to spend a little extra on the items you wear the most, such as jackets and shoes.

Skip impulse purchases. Don’t get tempted by those 2-for-1 sales or the clearance rack at your favorite store. Save your money to buy a more thought-out ensemble.

Focus on size and shape. Don’t buy a garment with the hopes you’ll fit into it after you lose weight. Buy for your current size and factor in your body shape. Unless you plan to get the garment altered, take a pass and find something more suited for you.

Incorporate the Essentials. Every woman should have a wardrobe that includes neutral colors, such as black, white and navy, to use mixed-and-matched with various outfits. Opt for solids over prints as these can be dressed up or down for the occasion.

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