Collective Hub pal and stylist Jeff Lack lets us in on a few of his secrets for getting the most out of your wardrobe. We’re huge fans of his rule that you should be wearing 80 per cent of your wardrobe, not 20 like most people tend to do. This will involve careful curation and some culling, but even that can be fun if you tackle it right.
Get your wardrobe sorted
When youâ€™re busy conquering theÂ world, the last thing a time-poorÂ entrepreneur wants to waste timeÂ on isÂ deciding what toÂ wear. However, weâ€™ve all had thatÂ â€˜I have nothing to wear!â€™ moment.Â A well organised, tidy and lifestyle-appropriate wardrobe will save youÂ time and headache.
“My shopping philosophy is, ‘BuyÂ once, buy right’. No impulse buysÂ and no purchasing just because itâ€™s onÂ sale.”
What, exactly, is “lifestyle appropriate”? Ask yourself thisâ€¦Â Do I have more casual piecesÂ in my wardrobe when I ultimatelyÂ spend more time in smart business attire? As a rule, aim to wear 80Â per cent of your wardrobeÂ instead of 20Â per cent, like most do. ThisÂ usually comes from our attractionÂ to clothing we wear for socialisingÂ and the weekend. LookÂ objectively at the balance ofÂ business versus leisure and make aÂ plan to get your wardrobe working for you.
Letâ€™s start with some tried andÂ proven tips to solve this all too oftenÂ dilemma.
1. Declutter your wardrobe. If it doesnâ€™t fit, suit you, or is worn out â€“ sendÂ it to your favourite charity.
2. Design a wardrobe space thatÂ gives easy access to your mostÂ worn pieces.
3. Create a wish list of pieces that are clearly missing from your wardrobe, alongÂ with a suitable budget.
4. Shop for the wish list only (noÂ impulse buys!) and adhere to theÂ budget.
5. Combine any new pieces with your existing wardrobe and flat-lay photograph ensembles that you canÂ easily access from your phone orÂ laptop.
The stylist’s rules for shopping
My shopping philosophy is, “BuyÂ once, buy right”. No impulse buysÂ and no purchasing just because itâ€™s onÂ sale. This form of retail therapy isÂ rather healthy if you have a plan. Magic doesnâ€™t just happen. Armed with your wish list, go intoÂ your favourite store and ask for theÂ items youâ€™re looking for.
If an item fits well and looks good,Â put it on hold for a couple of hoursÂ and assign the brand to the pieceÂ listed on your wish list. Once youÂ have finished sourcing theÂ complete wish list, you will knowÂ which store to go back andÂ purchase from. To avoid buyerâ€™sÂ remorse, try the items on again andÂ ask yourself, â€œCan I see myselfÂ wearing this regularly?â€ Remember that your size will vary from label to label.
Here are some super easy tips forÂ next time you shop.
1. When buying jeans, buy oneÂ size down from the pair that feelsÂ perfect. They always stretch atÂ least one size.
2. When buying shoes, they mustÂ fit firmly, but not pinching. Take theÂ time for your feet to warm up toÂ the shoes, which means standingÂ and walking in them for a fewÂ minutes.
3.Â If a piece is close but not quiteÂ perfect, check if it can be alteredÂ without too much additional costÂ to make it perfect.
4.Â Ask shop assistants what their current inspiration isÂ from the latestÂ collection, youâ€™d be surprised atÂ how the level of service changes, based on a little personal interest.
5.Â Hire a personal stylist; they areÂ worth their weight in gold. TheÂ decisions made with a stylist willÂ save you time, money and hassle.