5 Tips to Get More Wear from Your Wardrobe

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When was the last time you got really serious about your clothes and how you can get the most out of them? If it it has been a while, now is the time for you to start thinking about maximizing your wardrobe potential.  It is difficult to justify waste when it comes to fashion and clothing, so read on to learn 5 tips to get more wear from your wardrobe. 

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1. Choose Clothing Items That Are Flexible

Flexibility is important when it comes to clothing items. If you always make a point of buying flexible clothing items that can be worn and used in a variety of different contexts, you will certainly get more long term use from them. When browsing and buying clothes, always ask yourself how versatile an item is before making the investment and adding it to your wardrobe.

2. When Necessary, Make Changes 

By making changes to your clothes and how you style them, you can potentially transform them and breathe new life into items that may no longer appeal to you. Companies like Stitch It can help by making modifications to clothing items which is always a better option that simply throwing things out. So whenever you feel the need to revitalize an article of clothing, try having it altered first which will allow you to get more wear out of your clothes.

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3. Lend and Borrow With Friends

If you have some wardrobe items that you just don’t care for anymore, they can still be of use to you. Perhaps you have items in your closet that no longer meet your style needs or simply no longer fit you.  Consider lending them to friends who could wear them in exchange for wardrobe pieces that may no longer serve a purpose for them but may be exactly what are looking for.  By swapping and exchanging clothing with friends or family, you can give new life to unwanted or unneeded items without just tossing them away.

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4. Experiment With Your Outfits

If you really want to get the most out of the clothes you wear, try experimenting with different combinations.  It is impossible to unlock the potential of every piece of clothing until you have tried out a few different ways of styling them.  Then you can decide how each piece works best within the context of your entire wardrobe.  Don’t hesitate to experiment with new styles and new combinations. Even if something you try doesn’t work, it will still be a learning experience for you and help you to become more creative in your outfit choices.

5. Take Care of Your Clothing with Proper Storage and Hanging

It might seem like the most basic thing in the world, but how you hang your clothes will also have an impact on how much use you will get out of them over time. In particular, consider the best ways to maintain the shape of your clothing pieces while they are being stored. For example, strong, broad hangers made from wood tend to be the best option when it comes to keeping the shoulders of shirts and sweaters fully in tact for a long time to come.

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Getting more out of the clothes you wear each day might not sound like a big deal, but it will save you money and help you become a more efficient person.  It is also less wasteful and much better for sustaining the environment.

I hope you have found these tips helpful.  If you have any tips of your own for expanding the longevity and versatility of your wardrobe, please do share them in the comments.

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6 Responses

  1. These are awesome tips for preserving and getting the most wear for your clothes. It’s definitely efficient to work with clothes that are already in your closet and try out in different combination to see what works. You’d be surprise at the combos you come up with. 😀


    • Maureen, thanks so much for reading! I love playing around in my closet putting together different combinations. I almost never wear the same exact outfit twice because I am always creating new combinations.


  2. These tips are so helpful. I find it necessary to take care of clothes. Hanging them properly might work. It is an ultimate way to save them from damages.

    • Stephanie, I am so glad that you found some sound tips here! I am big on hanging most of my clothing, but I do fold my sweaters and knits to prevent stretching in weird spots! I also am super careful with washing which definitely prolongs the life of even lesser quality pieces. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.


  3. Some really useful tips! I´ve recently been reorganizing a bit my storage and hanging for the next year! wooden hangers are the best! Thanks for sharing!

    Merry Christmas,
    Anna / http://atlifestylecrossroads.com

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