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Fast fashion is making us buy way more clothes than we need, and our wardrobes are filling up with pieces we may have only worn a handful of times, once, or never worn at all. We’re buying so much clothing because we want to cultivate our personal style and have an idea of what we want that to be. However, our desired aesthetic can be a lot different from our lifestyle and practical fashion sense, so how we want to dress may be affected by these factors.
Having a better understanding of these differences can help us shop smarter, leaving less bulk in our wardrobes and giving more articles of clothing a better and more functional life. Here are some factors that could help you discern whether your clothes are suitable for you or not.
While we all want to have pieces that stand out and are a bit more daring, those articles of clothing may just be going to waste. While that silk slip dress may be gorgeous, it may be too fussy and high maintenance to be worn as often as you’d like.
While we have tons of clothes to choose from, we tend to only reach for a handful that we know work for us and that are often functional, comfortable, and flattering. We should focus more on shopping for items we know we’ll wear versus ones we think we’re going to wear.
You may want to reach for those platform shoes because they look good with the outfit you’re wearing and they’re incredibly fashionable at the moment, but you decide against it because you know you’ll be doing a lot of walking and they just won’t be practical. A lot of the clothes we like will often turn out to be uncomfortable or fussy, so we leave them at the back of our wardrobes thinking we’ll find an opportunity to wear them eventually.
Instead, choose things you know will work no matter the situation. While you can definitely have items that you reserve for special occasions, it’s best to keep those pieces at a bare minimum.
You may notice that once all your favourites are in the wash, the clothing you don’t like as much has to be used. Often, these pieces are ones that don’t feel right on your body because they’re too tight or too loose. These are pieces we should let go of, and these pieces should also inform our shopping.
Even if something is cute, if it isn’t in our size, we shouldn’t force it. Many people buy tighter-fitting clothing with the idea that these pieces could motivate them to drop a few pounds, but trust us when we say this won’t work and that piece will just be laying in your wardrobe indefinitely.
While shopping for pieces that you know suit your lifestyle will make you feel comfortable and confident, having too many versions of the same thing can also be detrimental. You’ll end up with several options for one thing, and often, you’ll get overwhelmed and choose the version of the item you reach for the most anyway. In these cases, consider shopping less and just stay with the few items you love, especially when they’re still in good condition.
Shopping can be fun, but it can also cause a lot of clutter and overwhelming decisions that leave many pieces of clothing unused. Take a look at all the unused clothing you have and see what they have in common, as this will help you discern what types of clothing actually suit you and your lifestyle. You can trust us when we say you’ll be much happier for it.