January is a tough month for all. With the pressures of the New Year hovering over our heads to the long cold weeks in between the next pay cheque since Christmas, it can be quite daunting when you feel almost as if you have absolutely nothing to wear. But, is that really true?



Declutter

As I've said in my previous post - 'Ten Things on Moving Abroad', I've gone and done the scary thing and moved to Hong Kong. One of the points I made in that post is I had to pack my whole life in a single suitcase no more than 20kg. You'd think I got the decluttering down to a T but of course not... Even though I packed what I thought I needed, I sure as hell still feel there are some items that can could have easily been replaced. You don't need everything in your closest, I am sure of it. Take a look yourself and if you really put your heart to it, you'll find there are some pieces that can be loved elsewhere. Donate to a charity or send abroad, the choice is yours. However, once you've decluttered your wardrobe, it really helps you think about what outfits you can put together with what you have. (You'd be surprised)

Realise your Lifestyle

Okay. This is just obvious -

Why do you have an endless amount of lovely dresses, if your lifestyle doesn't require you to wear them?
Because they're pretty. Right? You may get to wear them eventually. Right?

I have had a complete change in career. I have gone from being within the Business Industry to teaching English and most of what I used to wear, certainly is not needed in the sort of environment I am in. This is played a massive part in my wardrobe recently as I began to realise I would rather be able to be comfortable in my everyday lifestyle than feel the need to look great with no comfort whatsoever just because I wanted something new. Be practical. You'd save hundreds!

Play Around

For the most part, I think we get carried away when it comes to shopping and buy whole new outfits altogether when the cheaper alternative is looking at what you have, putting together pieces and 'playing around'. A simple slogan tee can be dressed up or down using jeans, culottes, a skirt or even shorts (if I were lucky enough to be in a warmer country). With the right accessories the options are endless.


Key Pieces

I suppose this differs for everyone but the point is all the same. In your wardrobe, you should have atlas a couple of key pieces that gets you through any outfit you choose. Whilst 'playing around', you'll find there are those few that you regularly go back to - the favourites! For me, I am forever reaching for my culottes or jeans and partnering them up with all sorts, dressing them up for any occasion.

Think Twice

Before reaching for that price tag and thinking, "sod it, I'm just going to get it" - pause, take a moment and think about if you have anything similar already. You can always go back home and have a gander then come back the next day. There's a saying my friends and I always have when we're out and about shopping and it's "If it's not there when I can get it, then it's simply not meant to be".

Alexis Anne xoxo