11 Things You Can Do at Home to Improve Your Wardrobe

published on July 2, 2020

Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette
In today's video, we'll discuss 11

inexpensive things that you can easily
do from the comfort of your home or

whenever you have time to improve your
wardrobe

Sometimes, it's hard imagining

improving your wardrobe without spending
money while going shopping for something

new But there are in fact a number of
things that you can do at home that

really improve your wardrobe and it's
easy on your wallet too

The first thing you want to do is to
figure out your personal style values

What does it mean exactly? Well, have you
ever bought something that you regretted

after the fact? I certainly have Those
purchases often clog up one's wardrobe

and it prevents you from building a
wardrobe that reflects your personal

style and your values To learn more
about my biggest wardrobe regrets, please

check out this video here Now, your values
may be different from my values Maybe

you want things to be inexpensive or you
value that you don't have to think much

about them or you want something that is
really long-lasting For example, my

values are intentional purchase, good
value, longevity, and a classic look When

I grew up, basically, my family bought
everything that was on sale or when

there was a deal to be had and naturally,
that rubbed off on me So when I started

out, everything I bought was on sale and
the higher the discount the better it

was The problem of that approach is that
you end up with things that you would

have never dreamed of buying and you
just added them because they were cheap

but you wear them very rarely or never
and so the cost per wear is extremely

high which is bad And the flip side, if I
force myself to be deliberate and look

for something that I know I will get a
lot of use out of, the COS power, goes

down and that's a good thing Which
brings us to point number two, good value

As I mentioned, growing up, I didn't have
much money and to this day, I value a

good ratio between quality and price Now
at the end of the day, quality trumps value in my book

but nevertheless,
you can often try to find brands or

things that have a relatively high value
for a relatively low price

Number three is longevity When I buy
something, I wanted to not look shabby

after a few years and I want to be able
to wear it for a long period of time

Which brings us to point number four,
classic look I could wear a tie or a

sweater or a jacket for 10 or 20 years
if they have a style that is grounded

and classic and that works for me If I
got something too fashionable,

I may look trendy at the moment but ten
years down the line, I look at it and

think, oh my god! What was I thinking? So,
what are good ways for you to figure out

your values? The first step is to go to
your closet and pull out the things you

don't wear or you hate Now, ask
yourself – why do I not wear this? And be

honest with yourself and in the
beginning, that may be hard because you

just think you don't have the right
occasion but ask again until you get

clarity but why you're not wearing this
piece Now, on the other hand, pull out

your most favorite clothing pieces and
ask yourself – why do I like wearing it?

Why do I wear it so often? What makes
this piece a great addition to my

wardrobe? Now, if you do this exercise
properly, you end up with actual values

that work for you and that are truly a
reflection of what's important to you

and why you end up wearing something
Then write those values down Maybe on a

checklist on your phone or on a piece of
paper, whatever works for you But the next

time you go shopping, bring those values
with you and before you buy it,

make sure you answer all of those
questions that came up so you make sure

it reflects your values And be honest If
you want to wear something because you

want to impress others or you want them
to say "WOW" or you want them to think

that you have a lot of money, then be
honest to yourself Write those down and

check it fulfills those criteria It's
always easy to be a little idealistic

and tell yourself that you do something
for a different reason but the more true

your to yourself in this exercise, the
better and the more happy

you will be once you buy something in
the future The second thing you can do

is to get more use out of the things you
already have by coming up with new

combinations that you might have thought
about beforehand If you're anything like

me, sometimes you put together an outfit
not because it's the best possible look

but just because you could find the
ingredients that were on top of the pile

Not only could it be very limiting
simply because of the small number of

items, but you also may resort to putting
and comparing the same things together

over and over again So when you have
some time on your hands, you can actually

think about outfits, put them together so
when you're in a rush you already know

what to wear and what looks good
together Ideally, start with pieces that

you do like but that you don't wear very
often They're already in your closet,

they don't cost you any additional money
but there are ways to incorporate them

into your outfits It's important to
visually hold things together so you

actually see what it looks like
Sometimes at first glance, you might not

think it will work but force yourself to
do it and then take a picture of the

combination so you can visually remember
it and they have an archive and you can

easily come back to it when you are in a
rush or in a moment where you can't

really recall what you'd put together
that you liked back then Three, identify your

stylistic Achilles heel and make a plan
to tackle it Everyone has a weakness or

two in their wardrobe For example, for me,
it's the fact that my wardrobes are

split out between a studio and my
personal closet and then sometimes,

things just end up on a pile and I put
together things that are just available

to me right then if I have to rush out
the door Of course, the best solution to

that problem would be a gigantic walk-in
closet where all of my ties would be

visible to me, all of my accessories, all
of my shirts,

all my shoes but sometimes that's not a
reality

We had planned to do a closet project but
now it's on hold

and we'll just have to make do with what
we have However, for me, that means I

could just regularly go through my
wardrobe, see what I have and don't just

put things on a pile but actually put
them away so I can see what I have and

combine it when I need it
The fourth thing you can do is to hand

wash your sweaters especially your wool
and cashmere sweaters or cardigans Now,

fortunately with the advancement of
washing machines, hand washing isn't

entirely necessary anymore
but if you want to learn more about the

topic please check out this in-depth
video here By the way, it's a whole

series on clothes maintenance and I'm
sure you'll enjoy it In an ideal world,

you'd wear a sweater once and have your
valet take care of it, clean it, wash it and

store it in your closet Unfortunately,
that's not a reality for most of us So,

if you take care of your sweaters and
how you wear them, let's say, with a dress

shirt underneath of them, you may have to
only wash them once or twice a season If

you're at home with lots of time on your
hands, now is a good time to start taking

care of your wardrobe Number five,
properly store and rotate your offseason

wardrobe Sadly, most of us don't have
closet sets are so large they can have

their entire wardrobe at their disposal
at all points in time Because of that,

most people will have to resort to
switching between the current season and

the off season That means, you have to
probably store away your off-season

garments in garment bags and put them,
let's say, in the attic and maybe not in

the basement because otherwise they may
smell dusty But of course, it depends

entirely on your situation and where
exactly you live and what the conditions

are there So, why do you store your
offseason clothes away?

Ideally, you want to see everything
that's at your disposal that is

currently appropriate for the season
without being distracted by all the

stuff that you can't wear anyways To
learn more about how specifically you

can do that, please check out our
in-depth guide on how to store off-season

clothes Number six, use a clothes brush
to dust off all your jackets and wool

overcoats While you're rotating the
seasonal wardrobe and storing away

everything in nice garment bags, a
clothes brush will really help you to

elongate the lifespan of your garments
Why? Well, over time even if things hang

in your closet, they get dusty and the
dust together with other stuff can just

really be hard on your clothes
So by dusting them off, you will just not

only ensure that they don't smell bad
but they will also last longer On top of

that, it saves you money because you
won't have to bring your clothes to the dry

cleaner as often Not only does dry
cleaning cost money but it also shortens

the life span of your garments So it's a
win-win So what about the lint rollers

with disposable tape? I strongly advise
you not to use those because of the tape,

they pull out loose fibers and you're
much more prone to end up with pilling

They're also much more expensive because
it's a disposable item versus a quality

clothes brush is something that you buy
once in your lifetime and it will just

last and serve you well While a lint roller
just gets a dust off a chop of your

garment, a brush really helps to more
deeply remove the dust from your blazers,

jackets and overcoats Number seven, learn
how to make small repairs in your

clothing yourself Of course, you could
bring into the alterations tailor but

then you have to go there, you have to
pay them If you just have time at home

and you're watching a movie maybe, you
want to learn how to sew on a button for

example Even if you don't think you have
a threat or needle or the right tools,

maybe you've come across a travel sewing
kit which is often available on

airplanes or at hotels Maybe one of your
garments has a little hole and if you

fix it while it's still small, it won't
become big If you want to learn how to

swing a button step by step as a total
beginner, please check out this video

here For example in today's video, I'm
wearing a pair of pants where I fixed a

little hole that opened up just below my
pocket and by just closing it, I'll get a

lot more wear out of it The eighth way
to use your time is to just iron all

your shirts That's particularly true if
you store them hanging on hangers but

even if you fold them, having a nice
crisp shirt that's already ironed will save

you time in the morning so whatever you
put it on normally and it will just be

very satisfying Now, I know some people
hate ironing and others love it but even

if you hate it, if you do it during a
time where you wouldn't do anything

otherwise, it's productive It's a great
way to get ironed shirts Ideally, you

turn on a podcast or maybe put up your
computer and watch some Netflix because

nothing makes you as prepared for the
world is a freshly ironed shirt

Of course, once you're done with your shirts,
you can also move on to your pants and

your slacks as well as your jackets and
we created an in-depth series where we

show you step by step how to iron a
shirt, how to iron a jacket, as well as

pants
Number nine, sort of the clothes that

need to go to the alterations tailor or
need to have some major repairs done

We inevitably end up with garments in our
wardrobe

that are maybe stained, have major damage,
or just a little too big or a little too

small and we have to take care of them
so we can wear them the next time The

problem is, it's very easy to forget
about that and so next time you reach in

and you may not think about that there
is a big stain on your jacket and you

put it on and you walk out the door, then
it's just embarrassing

Also, when you're packing for a trip and
you're putting together your wardrobe and

you realize, oh I wanted to have that
fixed or altered but now I'm in a time

crunch and that can't bring it along
because it's too late That's always a

bummer
The most economical way to deal with

it, is to just create a pile with all the
items that need to go to the dry cleaner,

all the items that need to be fixed or
altered and then go in one run

Oftentimes, your tailor may even give you
a discount because you bring a bunch of

things at the same time and you save
yourself the cost of a trip every time

back and forth The tenth thing you can do
is to get out all your shoes and take

some time to polish them Now if you want
some good tutorials, head over to our

friend Preston Soto from the elegant
Oxford, he has some really great tutorials

on how to shine your shoes and make him
look like new or like an entirely

different pair again Last but not the
least, maintaining your wardrobe not only

takes time but often also tools so think
about what you need and to get some

inspiration, you can check out our posts
on wardrobe maintenance essential tools

here In today's video, I'm wearing a very
homey outfit that starts with a tennis

sweater or cricket sweater in white with
black accents by Charles turbot I'm

combining it with a light blue oxford
shirt and a tie that is jacquard woven

but also printed from Fort Belvedere
which you can find in our shop here It

picks up the blue of the shirt as well
as my Fort Belvedere socks, they tie

together my black and off-white
houndstooth pants that have some lemon

in them which lets them wrinkle in a
very sophisticated way and my brown full

brogue wingtip Oxford's

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