Cutting Costs by Simplifying Your Wardrobe

now THIS is a closet
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Many of you know that I have spent the last little while trying to figure out fashion on a small budget.  I have been recently quite successful when I realized how to shop so you have a style rather then like you went to the clearance rack and bought whatever was the cheapest.  Yes, I used to be the person with kids dressed in florescent orange shirt with teal green pants, because they are little and don’t care.  I also used to be the mom who stood in front of her closet with nothing to wear only because none of the 20 items in there matched.

I recently took a friend with me to the thrift stores to help me keep my focus and it has been a life saver for me.  I now have an idea of a classic style on a small budget.  How exactly you do that and why it is important.  I am only barely starting to get this through.  So when my husband emailed me “Move over Gok Wan one 1950′s housewife has all the style advice you need” I knew this was part of the answer for how to create a frugal wardrobe and I wanted to share it with you all so you cold do the same.

In the article it talks about decluttering your wardrobe.  When you do this you go through it and make outfits that match.  and you keep those outfits and get rid of the rest.  There are a few benefits to this, one is that it helps to reduce the amount of things you have that don’t match or that you don’t wear. It keeps the clutter down in your closet and keeps what you have matching with each other.

This also reduces the feeling of having nothing to wear because getting dressed is easy.  You find a shirt and you know what pants, shoes, and accessories you have that match.  So you just have to pick them out and put them on.  You know you have outfits.  This feeling reduced the feeling of need to go out and shop for new things.  You feel more content with what you have.

In applying the decluttering principle in my own wardrobe I have been able to feel so much better about my wardrobe.  I have such a small wardrobe right now, but I am noticing that I am often very happy with what I have.  I do need a few things still so I have enough to last me, but I feel like for one of the first times in my life that I feel good in my clothing.  I feel like I spent a lot of money on my clothing, but I didn’t.  and knowing that I only spend a fraction of the price on these items makes them even better, so I love them even more!

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