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Today, I want to talk to you about the 10 ways that you can stop wasting money on clothes that you never wear. As a personal stylist and shopper in London, I work with a lot of very senior women and one thing that I find is that there are lots of clothes in their wardrobe that aren’t worn.

So I’ve put together my top 10 list of things to remedy this.

1. Always review what you’ve got before you go shopping. It’s really common for people to just buy things without prior consideration, and not actually think about what they’ve got in their wardrobe. So before you do any shopping, it’s always worth having a flick through again your wardrobe as a reminder of what you’ve already got.

2. Always have your basic wardrobe completed first. The reason that I stress this is so much is that if this isn’t in place, outfits won’t go together easily or well. If you’re a ‘spontaneous shopper,’ you’ll often find that you have lots of statement pieces, but nothing to pull them together with as an outfit. This can be avoided by establishing your core colour and stocking your wardrobe out with basics in that palette.

3. Don’t impulse buy. Although I know it’s fun, don’t shop spontaneously. Maybe you’re out with your girlfriends, or shopping is a hobby of yours, but try to avoid spontaneous trips where possible. Have an intention of what you’re looking for, and what you need. The occasional impulse buy may work out, but more often than not, it’s those purchases that’d up unworn in your wardrobe.

4. Make a list. If you shop with a list, you’ll end up buying things that you need and not just things that are going to just hang there a little. As I’ve said before, think about what you need before you go. Write it down and shop with intention, one item at a time.

5. Only buy pieces that have got something in your wardrobe already to pair with. If you’re buying things that require something else to make them work, they’re just going to end up being wasted money. Although you may have every intention to buy the secondary item, often that’s the bit that you can’t find, meaning you don’t wear the first item.

6. Unsubscribe from newsletters of brands you like. This is something that people get caught out by all the time. Maybe you’re at work, a bit bored easily distracted and there enters the newsletter tempted you to make unnecessary purchases. This also applies to Instagram! Unfollow your favourite brands. They design these marketing techniques to make you buy things you don’t need, and will ultimately lead to a wardrobe of unwearable clothing. If you want something and have the intention to buy, you can revisit their website and social media.

7. Avoid online shopping. This leads to impulse buying. Often, what arrives won’t fit, won’t suit you, and won’t end up getting returned as the process is too long. If you have to as there are no stores near you, that’s different. But purchase carefully – a lot of hours, money and environmentally harmful resources are wasted on this method of shopping.

8. Know your size. I know it sounds obvious, but so many of us are shopping blind, having no reality of their current size. Although it’s relatively universal, every store’s sizing differs – so measure up, write it down, look at their size charts, and don’t get caught out! Shopping for your size will significantly reduce the number of items in your wardrobe with the labels still on.

9. Know your signature style. Spontaneous shopping mistakes are obliterated by knowing by knowing your style. Most of my clients are in their 40s and are establishing what works for them rather than trying to follow the latest trend.

10. The three W’s. When, Why and What. When are you going to wear it? Why do you need it? What do you need it for? When you’re going to look at new things, for example, outside of your signature style, ask yourself those questions, to really see whether it’s a good purchase. An example: I’ve got very minimalist style. However recently there’s been trends that have come in and I’ve wanted to try out, such as pattern midi dresses. However, when I’ve tried them on, and have liked them, I haven’t been able to pinpoint when or what I’d need it for. It’ll sit in my wardrobe, as that would be too fussy and dressy for my personal style. When I’m with clients, dresses aren’t practical for crawling around on a dressing room floor!

So that’s my 10 things that you change today to stop wasting money in your wardrobe. Hopefully, this should eliminate unworn clothes hanging in your wardrobe. I hope you found it helpful – let me know in the comments.

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