Last Updated on March 27, 2022 by Janie Wilson
Are you ready for a fashion makeover? Do you sometimes look in the mirror and feel as if you’re staring at a 10-year-old photo? Is your closet beginning to resemble the clearance section at a thrift store? If so, there’s a good chance you need to revamp your wardrobe. The good news is that it just takes a little planning, organizing, and professional help to fix the problem. The central piece of the puzzle is buying new professional and casual clothing. How and where you shop is up to you, but it’s essential to know the latest styles, have the funds to cover purchases, and find a consultant who can steer you in the right direction. In a sense, it’s all about the clothes, so your first step is to go through the closet and make a complete inventory of what you have. Here’s how to begin.
What clothing will you need? A lot depends on what you do for a living. If you work in a formal office, you’ll spend more. If you can get by wearing office casual clothes every day, you’ll spend significantly less. For non-work needs, much depends on your taste and how you spend your free time. Make a detailed wish list of work and other items that you want. Then, examine every item in your closet and decide whether to keep it, give it away, sell it, or trash it. Be careful not to get rid of anything until you’ve purchased replacements.
Financing the Plan
If you haven’t shopped for clothes recently, be prepared for sticker shock. In just the past two years, inflation has left its mark on the entire apparel industry, particularly formal clothing and high-end casual wear. That does not mean you need to sell the farm to rework your wardrobe. But a total revamping of the closet can be a pricey affair. To take advantage of sale prices and acquire everything you need, consider taking out a personal loan. For high-priced items like men’s suits and women’s office attire, merchants offer significant discounts for cash payments. That’s the power of applying for a personal loan. You’ll be able to take advantage of all those “90 days same as cash” offers from your favorite stores.
Repurpose Old Wardrobe
If you have several keeper items from your old wardrobe, try to meld them into your new collection. The point of a makeover is to create a new look, so use the old stuff carefully. Once you make all your purchases and are happy with the fresh collection, consider giving away the keepers or only wearing them at home or when exercising.
Hire a Consultant
If you are fashion-challenged, hire a professional to shop with you. Fees are reasonable, and you will likely only need to make one or two big buying trips. Be sure to show the expert all your old clothing and explain what people wear in your office setting. Explain your budgetary restraints and preferences for new clothes. Ask for help when you simply don’t have a clue about what to buy. Be specific, if you want to create shoe envy, the consultant cannot read your mind. If accessories are more the direction you want to head, speak up.