How to develop a wardrobe policy if you don’t have one


Policy seems to be a buzz word in Nigeria today as the government and its stakeholders seeks to navigate the Nigerian economy out of its current recession. Well, it is time to bring it down and closer to ourselves and check out what personal policies we have for different areas of our lives. But let us start from one of the few areas we seldom consider – our wardrobe! Many of us have policies for many things but how many of us have got a wardrobe policy? Sounds strange doesn’t it?

A policy is simply a course or principle of action adopted or proposed by an organization or individual in specific areas while a wardrobe in the context of this article is a person’s entire collection of clothes. Hence, our wardrobe policy is a course or action we intend to pursue in the management of our entire collection of clothes.

Seriously! Do I Really Need a Wardrobe Policy?

Well, answering the following questions will help you put this is a proper perspective.

  • Do you buy clothes you end up not wearing or wear only once?
  • Do you often struggle every day with decision on what to wear?
  • Do you have clothes in your wardrobe you wore last more than a year ago?
  • Do you have clothes in your wardrobe you plan to wear tomorrow but that tomorrow never comes?
  • Do you have clothes in your wardrobe that now do not fit again?
  • Do you have clothes you once loved but now hate to wear because they are worn out or not in vogue?
  • Do you have clothes that look very much alike that they all count as one in your eyes?
  • Do you have clothes that are endlessly being kept for repair, refitting or cleaning due to heavy and stubborn stain?
  • Is your wardrobe full of clothes yet you feel you have so little to choose from?
  • Do you often feel you do not have enough clothes every time you pass by or step into a cloth store?

If your answer to many of these questions is YES, then you should realize by now why you need a policy.

Okay, I Admit I need it. How do I get Started?

Well, there are some basic principles we can all adopt, but there are many more we have to develop to suit our own unique situations.

1. Let Go of the Past

Many of us have our wardrobe full of clothes that reminds us of the past. Maybe those clothes give you sweet memories but you do not intend to wear them again. You are living in the past, get rid of them.

2. Dress for the Life You Live Right Now

Maybe you have several suits in your wardrobe because you once worked in a bank, but now you pursue a different career with little or no need for such apparel. It is time to get rid of them and buy clothes that will only serve your current needs.

3. Categorize your wardrobe needs

Mostly, our clothing needs can be categorized under casual, work, social and special purpose (e.g. night wear, underwear, sport wears, sweater, etc.). Decide your clothing needs along these categories along with their frequency of use. If you attend less social events in a year, you have no business stocking your wardrobe with too many clothes meant for such purpose.

4. Avoid Duplicity of Clothes

Sometimes, we end up with clothes that are very similar especially in terms of color, designs, patterns and fabric. We stick with one of them that we particularly like and the others get dumped in the closet. There is no need to keep them so we need to get rid of them.

In this clime where “aso ebi” is so common, we need to cultivate the ability to negotiate our way out of duplicating or cloning our wardrobe just to please others. If you have got a red cap, dress or other attire, there is no need to get another we do not really need, simply wear the one you have for that event.

5. Develop a habit of giving out clothes

This is one thing many of us do not get to do often because we feel that giving out our used clothes will not be appreciated. Well it may not if you give to the wrong person. Look for those in need and give. Do this periodically as a means to keep your wardrobe light as well as be a blessing to others and the society. Don’t be a lake that keeps taking in and not giving out thereby ending up stagnant and choking.

6. Conquer the fear of not having enough

Lastly, deal with the fear of not having enough to wear in the future if you get rid of what you have now. The truth is that you stand a higher chance of ending up with a lot of junk and unused clothing if you allowed this fear than running out of useful ones.

This list is definitely not complete without you adding your own. Tell us how you manage your wardrobe and what policy you put in place to assist you do this efficiently and successfully.

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