Less is always more, especially in your closet

“Every time I look into my gaping, jam-packed closet, I feel like such a glutton. Is there really a reason why I should have so many clothes, 75 percent of which I never wear? There are only 365 days in a regular calendar year, and thus 365 different outfits one has the possibility to wear-with no repetition of course.”

Every time I look into my gaping, jam-packed closet, I feel like such a glutton. Is there really a reason why I should have so many clothes, 75 percent of which I never wear?

There are only 365 days in a regular calendar year, and thus 365 different outfits one has the possibility to wear-with no repetition of course.

Honestly, what stressed, overwhelmed student has the time or energy to wake up every day and put together a new absolutely fabulous look, especially this time during the semester? It’s simply not realistic!

I fell in love with shopping at the thrift store in my late teens because it was so cheap and I could get a bag full of clothes for the price of one T-shirt at retail.

Looking back now, though, I realize that buying bags full of clothes just because they were such good deals was a bit foolish, if only because I really don’t need that many clothes!

I think one can easily get sucked into the allure of cheap shopping at the thrift store and then end up with a bunch of junk they have no idea what to do with.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore the thrift store and still go religiously to search for treasures, but I am much more selective than in the past. Nowadays I tend to just buy rare items like vintage denim and army surplus wear.

I think it is important when shopping at the thrift store to ask yourself: Would I buy this if it wasn’t so inexpensive? If the answer is no, then slap the item back on the rack and move on.

Recently I have realized that less is always more, especially when it comes to buying clothes. Instead of buying ten items at the thrift store, half of which I probably won’t ever get around to wearing, I find it much more sensical to invest in one quality piece that I can mix and match with my other clothes and wear more than just once.

In addition to cutting back on the number of items I purchase, I also make sure to research exactly what piece I am looking for before I go to the store to buy it.

Impulse buying can be a very dangerous habit-believe me, I know from lots and lots of experience-but beating it is not as strenuous as it may seem. It’s only a matter of knowing exactly what pieces you want to add to your wardrobe, finding the store or designer that makes the version you like the best, and then going and purchasing it

A very edited closet of well-made, classic, and sometimes very innovative clothes always trumps a messy wardrobe of shoddy, ill-constructed threads. Unfortunately, I am finally realizing this after my closet has transformed into a fashion supernova of clothes I haven’t even worn. Now I have to plan numerous garage sales over the summer to purge!