The seasons are changing and it’s time to make a change. After all, they do say a change is as good as a holiday. And boy, do we need one right about now! Go through your collection and get rid of anything you haven’t worn in 6 months to a year. Only keep the things you truly enjoy wearing. It’s also the perfect time to bust out your bsmart card and add some new items to fill the gaps.
Here’s how to get started:
- Donate any items you no longer wear
We all have that one pair of jeans at the back of the cupboard waiting for the day you’ve lost a couple of kg’s or that one skirt that you’re still going to wear when you find the perfect top to go with it. NO MORE we say. Get rid of anything that is taking up space or doesn’t make you happy when wearing it. With the colder weather approaching it will brighten someone in need’s day to have something warm for the winter. And even if you aren’t getting rid of your chunky jerseys, any item of clothing will be most welcome at shelters, hospice shops or just as a gift for someone who you know might really need it. Just be sure to wash all the items before donating them.
- Back to basics
After you’ve cleared your closet of anything you don’t want or wear anymore, it’s time to make a list. Take note of any basics you may have thrown out. These basics tend to anchor your look, are versatile and you can get a lot of bang for your buck out of these as you’ll be able to throw them on more frequently than other once-off or statement pieces. These may include; a black blazer, a classic LBD (little black dress), jean jacket, button-up shirt, pumps, a dark-wash jean, etc. This is completely dependent on your style. What might be essential for someone, may not be essential for you. So this is not a rule, it’s a suggestion of what usually works for most styles and body types. Click HERE for more inspiration and HERE for a basics-checklist.
- Consider a capsule wardrobe
Building a capsule wardrobe can be a daunting task, especially if you like a lot of variation. But just because it’s usually made up of muted tones all in the same colour family, doesn’t mean you have to do it that way too. You can create a capsule wardrobe out of a range of crazy colours, pretty prints and tantalizing textures. The important thing to remember when creating a wardrobe like this is that you need to be able to wear different combinations of all the pieces and make a lot more outfits than individual pieces of clothing you have. This makes getting dressed in the morning much easier because if you’ve followed this one cardinal rule, anything you throw on will look good. Just go for it, you’ve got nothing to lose. Here’s a 5-step guide to help you get started.
- Shop till you drop
We’ve partnered with more than 12 000 retailers to bring you the best deals possible. Most of them will be operating during level 3 so use our handy MAP to find retailers in our network close to you. Filter according to clothing (on the right-hand side above the map) to search for stores in your area.
- Create a lookbook
This one might be a little extreme for some, but if you’re always sitting on your bed in front of your closet for 30 mins before getting dressed this might be for you. Put aside a Sunday afternoon (or whenever the inspiration strikes) and put on a fashion show. Try on all your clothes in varying combinations and put together looks that look and make you feel good. You can take pictures and store them in an album on your phone for easy reference. This means you’ll be able to hop out of the shower in the morning, flip through your options and get dressed in a flash. This will also help you identify exactly what you have in there. You might just rediscover your favourite top that you forgot you had.
*It is advised that you do not make unnecessary trips to shopping centres and other crowded areas at this time. If you do go shopping, make sure you take the necessary precautions:
- Do not touch your face
- Sneeze/cough into a tissue or a flexed elbow
- Wash your hand regularly
- Disinfect any regularly used items (phone, wallet, keys, bank cards etc)
- Keep as great a distance between you and anyone else when you’re out and about (1 m or more)
Please remember that it is up to each one of us to do our part and keep ourselves and loved ones safe. Visit https://sacoronavirus.co.za/