Thursday, 17 August 2017

Orphan clothes

Do you have items of clothing in your wardrobe that don't go with anything else there? You know, the ones that sit there month after month (or year after year!). They could be there because they were part of an outfit for a wedding or other occasion or maybe someone bought you something for your birthday or Christmas and it is in a colour or style that isn't quite right for you. Whatever the reason, you look at those items every day and think maybe you should wear them but then dismiss them. 

I've had orphan clothing in my wardrobe on several occasions in the past. I once had a really nice blouse which I wore with a skirt a couple of times. It felt too 'dressy' to wear regularly (as I thought then) so it just got left forlornly in my wardrobe. After a few years I got rid of it because I'd had it for so long that it had lost its appeal! What a waste of money.

Here are some things you can do to ensure you wear your orphan clothes:

1. Make sure you buy clothes in colours that suit you and fit you properly. I can help you with this.

2. Before you buy anything new, think whether it will go with at least 3 other items in your wardrobe.

3. If it is a top or jacket that is 'dressy' why not wear it with jeans? These days anything can go with jeans.

4. If you are finding a coloured item of clothing difficult to match, a top or bottom in the correct neutral colour for you is a good option, or a patterned top or bottom containing one of the colours would go well.

5. Maybe you have coloured shoes that don't go with anything? Try wearing them with neutral colours in your wardrobe or, again, jeans.

6. Finally, only buy clothes that you really love and need. That way you won't be left with clothes that gather dust day on day! Then orphan clothes will be a thing of the past.

However, if you find that you really can't make an item of clothing work, then maybe it is time to donate it or sell it to someone else who could make use of it.

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