A lot of us have so many clothes but most times we do not have what to wear especially when we are going out. We just can’t seem to find what works and we end up buying more clothes only to find out we still don’t have anything to wear. Ironic right?
Styling your clothes could be overwhelming if you can’t find things. Another thing that could cause you stress is if you have too much clothes but can’t figure how to store them.
Have you ever been in a situation where by your wardrobe is full but just can’t seem to put things together? Or are you tired of buying over and over again only to arrive at the same destination of not having anything to wear.
The truth is when we do things the same way, we always arrive at the same results. To get different results, we have to do things differently.
In this post, I will share a few TIPS to follow for you to beat the I don’t have what to wear blues and teach you the art of maximising.
I get a lot of comments like……
Hey Mj, you always look nice, your wardrobe must be very large or you must have so many clothes etc.
First of all, I have the most compact wardrobe you can ever think of. It is compact but very functional. When I say functional, it means my wardrobe has every thing I need for my lifestyle and my personal style.
A functional Wardrobe is what we all need and not a wardrobe filled with what doesn’t work.
What is Maximising?
Maximising is simply an art. It is a way of wearing something in your closet in different ways and to different occasions. It is a way of getting the more wear out of your clothes.
Follow this simple rules to learn the art of maximising
1, Buy what works with what you already own. Then you will be able to mix and match what you have with what you just bought or simply mix old with new. Learn how to shop happy here if you don’t know how to.
Before you buy anything, think about it and visualise how you can wear that item in more than 3 ways. This may sound hash but if you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Aways remember that there is a difference between a want and a need.
If you need something, you will be using it immediately while want on the other hand could join the statistics of things you don’t use in your closet.
2, buy what works for your life style. For e.g, a stay at home mum would probably not need a 3 piece suit. If you are going to go back to work after some time, you should wait till then to buy what you need for then. I will consider this a life style change.i.e from been a stay at home mum to a working mum.
3, Try your clothes on. If you think of something, go ahead and try it on. If it doesn’t work, take it off. The good news is that clothes are not tattoo, they can be taken off. Try something else if you have to. The is practising the art of maximising.
4, Wear your clothes : a lot of us keep some certain types of clothes for certain occasions. When we do that, we limit the number of places we can wear our clothes too. Be creative in styling and look for other ways to wear those ones you are keeping away.
5, If you don’t need it anymore, let it go. This is always the hardest bit. We all hold on to things we may never wear again. Letting go of what you do not need will make space for things you really need. Most importantly, you will be able to find what you need and what you use.
It is okay to purge your closet of items you do not need or would not wear again. Give them to charities, make new home for them by selling them or give them to friends and family.
6, Most importantly, you save money. Truly, you can never save too much.
Allow me show you an example of the art of maximising in photos. Below is a skirt-suit I wore a while back.
I paired the skirt differently as seen below…..
I paired the jacket with denim as seen below…….
The “art of Maximising” is not all about skirt suits only, it is all about mixing and matching different pieces in different ways to create what works. It could be a formal look or a casual look.
Let’s see another art of maximising from casual to formal in the below waist coat pairing…..
In the below picture, I wore the same waist coat as part of a “suit”. The other 2 pieces are not part of a set but separates. Full details of the look here.
You will see from the statistics above that buying what do do not need is more or less like deliberately throwing money away. Instead of throwing your money away, why not save it? If you learn the art of wearing your clothes over and over again, you will be saving a lot of money.
Do you believe in the art of maximising your closet? Do you buy clothes every time you need to go out or do you wear and re-wear over and over again. Please share your TIPS with me, I would love to know them.
I hope you found the post helpful.
I want to thank you very much fro stopping by today. I am always very happy to see you here.
Wishing you lovely day.
Much Love, Mojisola.
Photo Credit : Organisedlifeandmind