How To Select And Maintain Clothing You Will Actually Wear

Shopping for clothes that look good on you is easy if you learn how to choose the correct colors, sizes, and styles.

Do you have a closet full of clothes you never wear?Learning to buy comfortable, stylish clothing that actually looks good on you can help solve that problem.There are many considerations involved in selecting just the right outfits; doing a little planning before a shopping trip can help cut out impulse buying and give purpose to your wardrobe decisions.Thinking about what impression you want your attire to present, how much you have to spend on your wardrobe, and which pieces you need to complete or complement an outfit can help you make wiser shopping decisions.Follow these tips to expand your wearable outfits.

Take stock of the clothing that you already have in your closet.If you have clothing that you've bought and have never actually worn, take a look at it and decide why you've not worn it.Most reasons would revolve around an item of clothing not looking right when you try it on.Sometimes clothing is selected while shopping because it's on sale and looks great on the hanger; even though something is your size doesn't mean it will fit exactly right or flatter your figure, so trying on clothes before buying and making an honest decision as to whether a particular item looks goodis important.Shopping with a frank friend or looking in a mirror that shows you a back view of your outfit can be instructive and help you to avoid buying ill-fitting clothes that you will never wear.If you have recently gained or lost weight, trying on several sizes of the same item can help you find the proper fit.Sometimes certain brands will fit your figure type more perfectly than others; trying on a wide variety of clothing, even if you don't think some of it will work, can often lead to surprises as you find pieces that fit well.

After taking stock of clothing mistakes you have made, look at the clothing that you actually wear often.Most people wear less than a fourth of their clothing inventory most of the time and the other items just hang in the closet or are worn only occasionally.Try to decide why you wear those certain pieces over and over.Is it the perfect fit?Most people like clothes that make them look thinner, or flatter a certain piece of anatomy.If you have some slacks that you wear constantly, write down the brand, size, color, etc. so that next time you go shopping for clothes you can look for some slacks of that brand and size in another color.If you have tops with all kinds of neck treatments, but usually wear the V-necks, buy more of that style.If you have a business suit that you wear often, make note of some new or different accessories that would complement the outfit.Taking a little notebook with you while shopping can help you to focus on just what you need to expand your wardrobe.


Look at the colors of the clothes you have in your closet.If you have trouble putting together outfits, group your clothes by colors in the closet.You may find that you have many clothes of one color, such as black, or that you have a mishmash of colors that don't really go together.If you already have 32 pairs of black slacks, you can probably concentrate on adding some new colors on your next shopping trip.Finding the right colors for your complexion can be enlightening and help you prevent wardrobe mistakes.There are seminars and books that can help your select the colors that highlight your looks or you can just hold up different colors to your face in front of a mirror and see what looks best.For instance, you will probably look better in either black or brown, but not both.If you have a large number of clothes that fit but just don't look right when you try them on, the colors could be the problem; find out whether warm or cool colors are your best choices and shopping will become much easier.Putting together new combinations of colors with clothes you already have can help you make new outfits also; if you can't see any new possibilities, invite some friends into your closet and see what they can come up with.

Do you have a lot of faddish clothes that have quickly gone out of style?Concentrating on classic designs can help you build a wardrobe that will last much longer.Buying more expensive classic designs can actually be more cost effective than buying new styles at a lower price. For instance, a $200 pair of shoes that you wear once a week would be more cost effective than a $30 pair that you wear only twice a year.If you get more than 50 wears a year from the $200 pair, they average only $4 per wearing, whereas the $30 pair averages $15 per wearing.Of course, some special occasion clothes that are worn only occasionally are necessary, but for work and leisure clothing, calculating the "wearability cost" can be an eye opener.If you take note of the clothes you wear often, many of them are probably classic designs on which you can spend a little more.Buying an inexpensive version of an item of which you're not sure can enable you to determine whether you'll wear that item often or rarely.If you love the item and wear it several times a week, you can then shop for a more expensive version; if you never wear it, then you've not made an expensive mistake.

After you have selected clothes that you will actually wear, learning how to maintain your wardrobe is important.If you wear certain items often because they don't have to be ironed or dry cleaned, investing in more of that type of clothing will expand the number of your outfits that are always ready to wear.Investing in a steamer will allow you to get more wear from your dry cleanables and ironed clothing, and checking labels carefully before buying is important.Dry cleaning adds to the wearability expense of clothing, and if you buy clothing that requires special cleaning, the availability is often limited also.Although some garments with labels advising dry cleaning can be hand-washed, there can be many problems such as fading, shrinking, or fraying, and line drying is almost always advisable for this type of clothing.While shopping, check care labels carefully to select the type of clothing that best suits your needs; if you have a washer and dryer in your home, you may want to select more items that you can launder, but if you send everything out to the cleaners, this might not be an important consideration.If you do your own laundry, be sure to read the care labels, especially the first time a garment is laundered.Things like recommended water temperature, dryer heat, and whether or not bleach can be used can make a big difference in how your clothing looks when it comes out of the washer and dryer.Many people ruin their clothing by using improper laundering techniques, so if you want your clothes to look as good as they did when you bought them, read and follow the instructions on the care labels.

Occasionally a piece of clothing will lose a button, get torn, or become stained.Learning how to deal with these problems is essential if you don't want to have to throw out clothing constantly.If you don't think you can learn to repair clothing, many dry cleaners will make repairs or alter clothing that no longer fits, and fabric stores and tailor shops will have names of seamstresses who can repair clothes.Having a special place to put clothing in need of repair is helpful; it's hard to remember what needs attention if you hang something back in your closet when you see a problem.If you have a sewing machine, making repairs like sewing up a tear is easy, and hand sewing works well for torn-out hems and buttons.If you don't sew at all, iron-on tape is available for hems, and safety pins can do in a pinch.Learning about stain removal is essential; check the laundry aisle of your favorite store and read the labels on the stain removal products, selecting those that are appropriate for your clothes if you do home laundry. Promptness is important in dealing with both stains and repairs; treating a stain immediately means you won't forget to do it before laundering, and sewing up a small tear means it won't become larger and ruin the whole garment.

Proper storage methods for clothing will help you to always have many items from which to choose.If you get your clothes cleaned and pressed and then stuff them into an overcrowded closet, you may see wrinkles when you pull out an item.Going through your closet and weeding out unworn items will help you to have more room for the clothes you wear, allowing them to hang properly.Investing in hangers that allow multiple items, such as those for skirts or slacks, will also free up closet space.Folding clothes that shouldn't be hung, like sweaters or delicate items, will help to avoid shoulder stretching and tears.Putting shoes on racks or shelves will prevent scuffing and nicks, and will add to order in your closet.Generally, if your closet, shelves, and drawer space look orderly, your clothes will remain in better shape than if you have everything stuffed, scattered, and disorderly.

Paying attention to what clothes you wear and don't wear in your closet can help you to learn to select clothes that you will actually wear often.Learning which colors look good on you, choosing correct sizes, and determining when more expensive, classic clothing is a better buy than less expensive, faddish styles are important steps to becoming a better clothing shopper.Maintaining the clothing you already have helps your wardrobe to last longer and allows you to have more clothes available on a day-to-day basis.Proper cleaning methods, prompt repairs, and orderly storage will help your clothing stay in good shape and prolong the life of your wardrobe.With just a little planning, you can become a better shopper and have the right outfits always available.

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