The New Year calls for change for the better. Even if you're not one to make resolutions, every fashion girl should consider overhauling her closet. 2017 deserves a fresh start, and there's no better place to begin than by becoming reacquainted with your clothes, shoes, and accessories and editing them down to your dream wardrobe. Rather than filling your overflowing dresser with brand-new finds from post-holiday sales, focus on what you already have, seeing which timeless pieces will carry on into the New Year and which won't make the cut.
To assist with the tedious process of performing a full-on clothing overhaul, we've rounded up the best wardrobe edit tips all in one place. From what exactly to keep in mind before you toss a single item to which habits to adopt to avoid a cluttered closet in the future, we've highlighted the top five tips to follow as you ready your wardrobe for a brand-new year.
Discover the best wardrobe edit tips below and best of luck with your endeavors!
Build Around Key Pieces
A perfectly edited wardrobe centers around key pieces as the stars of the show. If you don't have the necessities you need to lay the foundation of your wardrobe, you're more apt to stock up on impulse buys and flashy finds that have no purpose once you bring them home and cut off their price tags. If you keep these key pieces in mind as you get rid of clutter and invest in quality items, you'll find that your wardrobe becomes a curated collection of functional yet fashionable pieces you love and want to wear forever.
Ask a Friend
It's always helpful to have a second opinion when navigating your wardrobe. A fresh set of eyes from a woman you love and respect—like a friend, sister, or even your mother—can help serve as a reality check when it comes to what you own. She might see new potential in pieces you've long forgotten, and she'll also be the first to tell you to let something go. Ask someone whose style you love to come take a look at your collection to give you a new perspective on what you're working with.
Practice the One-in-One-out Method
The best trick for managing your wardrobe day to day is to always stick to the one-in-one-out method. Detailed by Chioma Nnadi, Vogue’s Fashion News Director, the strategy simply requires that for every new piece you acquire, you must donate or sell a piece you already own. This helps to eliminate pieces you no longer care for that are taking up prime real estate in your closet, and it also helps to force you to make more conscious decisions when buying anything new.
Set a Cutoff Date
One of the most difficult (but effective) strategies for editing down your wardrobe is to set a cutoff date. This means that any pieces you haven't worn in the past year automatically get the boot. Keep in mind that it's okay to make exceptions. If it's a priceless vintage piece or a timeless investment you may only wear for very specific occasions, it's okay to keep it nicely stored away. As for that over-the-top floral pantsuit you always say you'll wear but never do, it's time to bid it adieu to make space for wiser purchases.
Give Every Item a Home
Once you've pared your wardrobe down to just the pieces you want and wear regularly, how you organize them will greatly impact how tightly edited you keep your wardrobe moving forward. The most important rule is to give every item a home. Once you've finished using a piece, put it back in its spot. Giving every item its own space not only ensures that you combat clutter but also keeps you informed of exactly where everything is, addressing the age-old problem of "I have nothing to wear" or spending forever getting dressed because you can never find what you're looking for. Having each piece in your wardrobe presented with purpose will also allow you to keep better track of your investments, preventing you from making duplicate purchases because you've forgotten what's in your closet.
Head to the comments to share some of your own tips for performing a closet audit and refreshing your wardrobe for the New Year.