Don’t think I don’t deal with the same issue. I often do, especially once a month, that time of month, and I just feel like taking everything out and giving it away, even though I realise that would be silly, because my closet is about to burst, and the things in there don’t exactly belong into the bin. But still … It’s a feeling I’m sure every one of us gets sometimes. I was just hanging out with my friends last night, when one of them started talking about this evergreen topic: “I have a full closet, but I never know what to wear and it’s making me crazy”. This was, of course, followed by a bunch of advice on decluttering and buying smart, but what it really comes down to is that we’re all prone to compulsive buys every now and then, and many pieces that find their way into our closets were actually bought as consolation. So, how do we deal with this issue?
The key word here is consistency. If you wake up in the morning feeling like your closet is bursting by its seams, and there is still nothing in there worth wearing, it’s because things are too different for you to be able to style. You need consistency in three areas, as follows:
This doesn’t mean everything in your closet should be in one colour, far from it, but you have to put at least some effort into colour-coordinating and buying pieces that you can wear together. So opt for either cold shades or warm ones, this will make it easier to style. It goes without saying you should have a little black dress as well as a little white dress, and as far as the rest is concerned, find consistency in a colour scheme and let that be your guide. An example: you have ten brown coats and ten pairs of black pumps, which means you have nothing to wear!
Materials are another area, where you should strive for compatibility. This becomes difficult, if you opt for exceedingly lightweight fabrics (like silk) or extra heavyweight ones (such as wool). So choose the in-between, which you can then layer, as we see all around us nowadays. Example: you have lots of blazers and blouses, but you can’t seem to match them to one another. This probably means the blouses are too heavy or stiff, and the blazers for instance velvet, which is a nightmare to wear together. Always keep in mind what you already own, before buying anew.
You have to find your very own and I know it’s not so simple. We’re not all the pink and frills type, just like we’re not all a pair of sneakers and jeans type. So what’s your style? Be consistent and buy the pieces that are in harmony with it. If you’re the sporty type, that frilled blouse you bought at a discount makes absolutely no sense, because it doesn’t match any other item, so it just hangs there all alone. It always makes more sense to buy less and of a higher quality, than vice versa. If you need some styling inspiration, you can let gorgeous pictures and styles on Pinterest be your guide, and I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll adore.
Have you ever asked yourself, why men seem to have fewer issues with this? Because they go for simplicity and have less stuff in their closets in addition to being more focused on a specific style, so they rarely miss. So we could say that consistency and simplicity form the winning strategy.