Stylist Jeff Lack shares a few of his secrets for getting the most out of your wardrobe. We’re huge fans of his rule that you should be wearing 80 per cent of your wardrobe, not 20 like most people tend to do. This will involve careful curation and some culling, but even that can be fun if you tackle it right.
Get your wardrobe sorted.
When you’re busy conquering the world, the last thing a time-poor person wants to waste time on is deciding what to wear. However, we’ve all had that ‘I have nothing to wear!’ moment. A well organised, tidy and lifestyle-appropriate wardrobe will save you time and headache.
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What, exactly, is “lifestyle appropriate”? Ask yourself this… Do I have more casual pieces in my wardrobe when I ultimately spend more time in smart business attire? As a rule, aim to wear 80 per cent of your wardrobe instead of 20 per cent, like most do. This usually comes from our attraction to clothing we wear for socialising and the weekend. Look objectively at the balance of business versus leisure and make a plan to get your wardrobe working for you.
Let’s start with some tried and proven tips to solve this all too often dilemma.
1. Declutter your wardrobe. If it doesn’t fit, suit you, or is worn out – send it to your favourite charity.
2. Design a wardrobe space that gives easy access to your most worn pieces.
3. Create a wish list of pieces that are clearly missing from your wardrobe, along with a suitable budget.
4. Shop for the wish list only (no impulse buys!) and adhere to the budget.
5. Combine any new pieces with your existing wardrobe and flat-lay photograph ensembles that you can easily access from your phone or laptop.