So here are some guidelines on how to maximize your closet and so that you'll never be charged with being an outfit repeater ever again (unless you're a senior and it's hell week then go ahead and wear the same outfit twice in one week, we don't mind).
This may be a bit tricky considering that school work will already occupy more than half of your brain and you won't even be able to remember your own birthday but try to recall when you last wore something. Because after a while, people won't even remember that you own a peach blouse or what day you wore it on. It would be smart to repeat an item 2 months after you initially used it but this rule is still flexible and we'll explain why later. If you're planning on wearing the exact same outfit (meaning the exact same shoes + bottoms + top combo) then I suggest you wait for about 3-4 months.
Season After Season
There might be an unwritten rule on only using seasonal pieces for the right season (eg: never using your fall jacket during the spring time) but actually, it's very savvy chic to break this rule. The Philippines may only experience two seasons but this is still very much applicable. For example, if you have a sweater that you normally only use during the cold months with jeans and flats, you can still wear it during the warmer months by paring the item with shorts and some sandals. It's not about when you wear it, it's about how you wear it.
The most important tip on how to repeat clothes actually starts even before you plan your outfits; it starts when you're shopping. When you shop, make sure you're buying investment items which means that you'll want to wear them more than once and that they'll fit into your wardrobe/ style. In the dressing room, try and think of what items you already have will look good with what you're trying on. If the piece of clothing can be incorporated in more than 2 outfits, then you're good to go.
Little Black Everything
The pros of having a lot of black clothing is that 1. you will feel ten times better once you put on anything black and 2. they're extremely versatile. Simple black day dresses, loose shirts, and chiffon tops are great because you will be able to dress them up or down, they're appropriate for any occasion and they'll match with anything you have in your closet.
Simplicity is the Key
One word: Normcore. This trend will save your life when it comes to repeating clothes since Normcore outfits are very simple and they're made up of basics. Stock up on basics such as plain t-shirts, tank tops, and simple sweaters. The perfect example is the white shirt. You can literally wear a white shirt everyday with different bottoms and accessories and you wouldn't even be called an outfit repeater. Also, basic items will last longer since they will never go out of style.
The General Rule
Mix and match your clothes so that they won't look the same. That's all there is to it.
- Victoria Urrutia
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