Obviously, when you get dressed in the morning, you want to make sure your clothes match. But personal finance weblog The Simple Dollar recommends you take it a step further and make sure each item in your closet matches with everything else — you'll save money and time getting ready in the morning.
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Some of the more fashion-conscious among you may not like this idea, but for those of you that just wear clothes because society makes you, it could be a good rule of thumb:
What I have learned over the years is that items that don't match well eventually gravitate out of my regular clothes. I just don't wear them. If I just don't wear them, why buy them? That in itself is savings — I just don't buy clothes that don't match well with what I already own.
Instead, I focus strictly on well-matching clothes. My pants are generally jeans or dress pants in a few minor variations. My shirts are all cuts and patterns and colours that go well with both ordinary jeans and dress pants — which, incidentally, is an awful lot of things. I can get away with the vast majority of shirts I come across.
With this system, you not only save money on the clothes you'd otherwise buy and not wear, but you can also avoid small laundry loads on those occasions you need "that one shirt you have that matches", and other similar laundry conundrums. And, best of all, you save a stack of time getting ready in the morning. Even in a blind, groggy haze, you can reach into your closet and pick out a shirt, tie and pair of pants that will go well together. Again, it's not something the more fashionable among you may like, but it's something worth thinking about when you're out shopping. Hit the link to read more.
Focus on Clothes That Match Well [The Simple Dollar]