Stop Doing These 13 Things if You Want to Improve Your Life and Your Wardrobe
A to-NOT-do list for the woman who wants to simplify her wardrobe, do less laundry, and never eat soggy pizza again.
Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out why canceled plans are so satisfying, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion. It’s not that I don’t like doing activities or seeing my friends (actually, I love both of those things). It’s that the free time that results from a canceled plan feels like a bonus. It’s the same logic that makes snow days more exciting than weekends and a gift card to your favorite store even better than straight-up cash. You feel like you’re getting something extra, something indulgent.
On a similar note, I’ve been on the hunt for small things to stop doing—things that don’t significantly improve my life (or make it worse) and take up time and effort (or in one case, just ruin pizza).
In case you want to follow my lead, here are 13 life edits I’ve come up with that have made a huge difference.
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Waiting for the perfect occasion to wear that special outfit.
The same applies to clothing. Why wait for a party to debut your stunning new silk slip dress when you could wear it today? Better yet, declare your next meal a formal occasion, and ask everyone in your household to dress to the nines, just to switch things up.
Living by trends.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t get those ‘90s-inspired jeans or that cow-print bucket hat, but following trends is all about balance. The majority of your wardrobe should be classic, versatile pieces that can be worn lots of different ways and won’t go out of style (think: black cigarette pants, white cotton T-shirts, and denim-style jackets). From there, you can incorporate a few trendy pieces to achieve the looks you want without turning your wardrobe upside down every season.
Stressing about caffeine intake.
According to The New York Times, “coffee in moderation” means 3-5 cups daily and could lower your risk of mortality. This piece of news is almost as good as that month when everyone was talking about the antioxidants in wine and chocolate.
Separating work and weekend wardrobes.
While some office dress codes are more restrictive than others, many companies have gotten more casual since the pandemic. Use this as an opportunity to make your wardrobe do double duty and maximize your outfit options. Casual-ify a work dress, pair blazers with jeans, and invest in Power Casual pieces that transition seamlessly from work to weekend.