September means a start to a new academic year, whether the start of a new school, university, evening classes, or back to business for many. It may also mean you have now finished work as you have become a Mum, a housewife or recently retired. So it is a good time to consider your new lifestyle and what clothes you need to suit it. This doesn’t mean you need to buy all new clothes but it may well mean purchasing some new items to help adapt your existing wardrobe to your new way of life.
When you dress the part, you look the part, feel the part and you think the part.
Plan what you need for the various events in your life and look out for bargains where you have gaps and need new items.
7 tips for a great wardrobe to suit your lifestyle and budget:
- Take time to sort your wardrobe. Try mixing and matching items, to give your outfits a different look and make a change.
- Ensure your clothes are clean, neat and tidy at ALL times.
- Mend items when they need it or take them to a tailor or dressmaker. They will last longer and look better. This includes wearing trousers at the correct length so that they do not fray.
- Ensure your clothes fit you well, consider alterations where necessary. It will pay dividends when your clothes look like they belong to you and show your figure at its best.
- Have layered items for the changeable weather, wear a vest or thick cardigan in the cold, light weight tops work well in the warmer weather or can be worn underneath on cold days.
- Colours should mix and match, so choose three or four shades of colours that suit you and that go with one another. Have key items in neutral shades e.g. black, navy, grey or camel.
- Add accessories to your clothes to update them, adapt them for various occasions and to change your look.
The cost of living constantly increases so it is a good time to ensure you do not waste money on clothes you do not need or wear. Sorting, organising and planning is key. A little time spent on your wardrobe will pay dividends and will give you extra money for holidays or for saving. For your key items that need to last and are worn the most try to buy the best quality you can afford so they last longer.
Think organise, plan and then shop.