It’s a new year, which means people everywhere are busy making plans to change their lives.

I have to admit, I have never been one to make a big new years resolution.

I think part of it is because I don’t want to set a goal for myself and then fail/not follow through (and we know the stats about news years resolutions, right?).

But the other part of me that resists it has to do with the fact that I am ALWAYS setting goals for myself and “mini resolutions” throughout the year (so it feels unneccessary to add another one just because it’s a new year).

Saying all of that though, when my friend Kate over at This Mom Loves asked me to be one of the guest experts in her “Expert Advice for Your Best Year Yet” post, I couldn’t resist.

Click here to get advice from yours truly along with other advice from some big names like Deisgn Expert Sarah Richardson, whose advice really resonated with me – the idea of living with less, but better quality items.

She quoted the founder of the Arts & Crafts Movement who once said, “have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Something that I believe should be applied to your wardrobe as well.

If you’ve been reading my posts in recent years or following me on social media, you know how passionate I have become about living with less when it comes to your wardrobe, investing in the best quality clothing you can afford, only buying and wearing what brings you joy, strategically planning your wardrobe and shopping, and becoming a more socially conscious consumer.

And in this coming year, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me around these themes.

But just like New Years resolutions, I understand that all of this can feel overwhelming, time consuming, and maybe even unattainable.

That’s why I think it’s best to do it in small steps – just like my “mini resolutions”.

Like anything else, you have to start somewhere.

And the smallest changes add up over time and often have the biggest impact.

 

Simple Ways to Makeover Your Wardrobe as a Conscious Consumer. #sustainablestyle #ethicalshopping #livewithless #lessismore #minimalistwardrobe

 

1. Maybe you are sick of having an overflowing closet of “nothing to wear” and are dying to purge your wardrobe and enjoy a “less is more” closet, but are worried about REALLY having nothing to wear.

No one says you have to toss it all today!

Start off by getting rid of anything that is stained or damaged beyong repair.

Then in a couple months, move on to the pieces that no longer fit.

Then in another couple months, work on removing the pieces that you don’t like to wear, don’t bring you joy, and just don’t feel like you anymore.

 

2. You are so sick of your entire wardrobe and want to start over, but just don’t know where to begin (or feel like you can’t afford to).

Once again, the key is to start small.

Start with a mini wardrobe detox and get rid of the pieces that are beyond repair, don’t fit anymore, or you don’t even like wearing.

From there, make a “shopping list” of items you need to replace them – you’ll likely discover you need less than you think.

For example, you may do an edit of your closet and get rid of a half dozen tops you never wear anymore, some old jeans that no longer fit, and a couple of belts that are outdated or cracked.

With some strategic planning, you could probably just buy one new quality statement belt, a couple new pairs of jeans, and 3-4 different tops (maybe a couple sweaters, a blouse, and a layering piece) and have yourself a dozens new outfits you love to wear. 

If you’re REALLY strategic about it – you’ll also be able to mix those new pieces with older items you kept in your wardrobe (making those pieces feel new again!).

And of course, if you’re not confident going it alone and want to get it done in the shortest amount of time possible (and save money by making wiser purchases), you can hire a Personal Stylist to help you get there.

 

3. You are feeling a bit icky or guilty about making all those past purchases from fast fashion retailers and supporting that industry – but feel like you can’t afford better quality pieces.

Again, you don’t have to toss your entire wardrobe and start from scratch vowing to never buy another H&M Sweater or pants from Zara ever again!

In fact, you can become a more conscious clothing consumer AND still wear fast fashion brands. #forreals

One way is to start taking care of the pieces you already own so they last longer. Whether that means buying a sweater shaver to remove all the pills on that H&M Sweater, washing your pieces in cold water only and hanging them to dry so they don’t fade and lose their shape over time, or taking something to the tailor when it gets damaged.

You could also stop supporting fast fashion retailers by refusing to buy their pieces new (at their stores) and only shopping for them at thrift and consignment stores in an effort to keep those pieces out of landfills.

From there, if you want to do a fast fashion detox and stop supporting those types of retailers altogether, but you’re not ready to start paying retail for higher quality brands – go back to those same thrift and consignment stores and purchase higher quality labels there. Off price retailers like TJ Maxx and Winners are great for that too!

Like I said before, the key is to start small.

You didn’t acquire your current wardrobe or habits overnight, so if you’re looking to make changes, it’s going to take some time too.

Once you begin, you may find the small changes enough. Or you may want to go further and bigger.

Oftentimes, the hardest part is just getting started.

If that’s the case and you want some guidance along the way, make sure to come on over to my FREE Facebook Group, The Style Society so I can support you there.

In the meantime,

Here’s to new beginnings (no matter how big or small)!

 

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