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A guide to buying less, shopping better and transforming your look in the process

Whether you've been living in your loungewear or have been online shopping more than ever before, there have been plenty of changes in our approach to fashion this year. But, one positive of having more time at home on our hands is that we have an opportunity get our wardrobes in order.

From holding onto old clothes that never get worn to panic buying pieces that won't have more than one outing, we are all guilty of making less than sensible decisions when it comes to our wardrobes. But, it doesn't have to be that way.

Here, we break down some wardrobe resolutions to undertake now so that you can make space, save money and look the best you ever have.

Don't buy or keep something that doesn't fit

It's not uncommon to hold on to items that no longer fit you in the hope that they will again one day. It's also not uncommon to buy something in a size too small as an incentive to lose weight or because it's in the sale and they don't have your usual size. However, holding on to these items – that you can't physically wear – is one of the worst things you can do if you're trying to reduce the size of your wardrobe. Be realistic and honest with yourself. If it doesn't fit you, it's time to sell or donate it.

When you buy something, get rid of something else

An excellent way to keep your wardrobe at a sensible size is to adopt the one-in, one-out policy: every time you add something new, take a piece out (and sell it or donate it to charity). Not only will it keep your rails and shelves from overflowing, it also means you have to be much more confident about what you are purchasing. You'll never buy something unless you completely love it, knowing that you are going to have to lose something special from your wardrobe.

Know your wardrobe inside out

It sounds obvious, but it's easy to forget what's sitting in our wardrobes – and, for many of us, there will be great pieces hidden away that haven't seen the light of day for years, or that will have been forgotten about during lockdown. So, before you go ahead and buy something new, make sure that you have a very clear idea of what is in your wardrobe already. If you have a clear-out and declutter, you will know what's in there and this will prevent you from accidentally buy things you don't need.

Invest in what you already own

So many of us are guilty of throwing pieces away as soon as they are damaged, but just because something is a little worn does not mean it needs to be discarded. Invest in the pieces that you already have in your wardrobe by knowing where to get things fixed in your local area, from a great seamstress to shoe and handbag restoration companies. It is worth spending a little bit of money to get things fixed rather than re-buying the same thing time and time again.

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