What clothes you should stop buying if you want to stop decluttering

Ciao, welcome back to my blog!

In today's post, I will share with you my method to stop decluttering my wardrobe or at least reduce massively the number of times that I get rid of my clothes because I feel it doesn't represent me.

I have put together my tips and tricks to help you find out why you are going back to decluttering so often. The answer is very simple: you are buying (or keeping) the wrong items.

It is so easy to get off track. I find out how difficult it can be to know exactly what I need and love at my own expense.

It's frequent to be off guard after the initial excitement of joining the minimalist tribe but it takes only a few months and some not so intentional purchases to come back to accumulate.

Decluttering is a good thing, but it creates waste: the best practice is to avoid shopping in the first place.

Below are the clothes you need to stop buying if you want to stop decluttering too often.

I highly recommend you to check the article from Courtney Carver, the author of Project 333, which is a great source of inspiration that helped me downsizing my wardrobe: Be more with less


This might seem an easy one but it is actually sneaky: sometimes we don't know exactly how an item will blend in our wardrobe until we physically wear it and try it with the rest of our pieces.

Many times you'll think that the new in will work amazingly with everything you have but in reality, it doesn't for multiple reasons that are very difficult to spot while shopping:

wrong shade, wrong length, wrong texture, and so on... Can you relate?

It happened to me several times.

What you can do about it?

First, check the return policy. If it's exchange only or you can't have the money back, then you really need to be 100% sure of it.

Second, immediately try the new item with what you own already and take mirror selfies.

You will see straight away if it is a keeper or it needs to be sent back without a shred of doubt.

Cheap items

Tempting category, at least it has always been for me.

We all want to save money but in the long run, we aren't, because cheap items will fall apart after one wash or soon after, forcing us to re-buy a better quality piece.

Besides, cheap items tend to look cute on social media/websites but awful and tacky when tried on for the simple reason that they are poorly made.

Not only they aren't a good investment, but they also are made in unsustainable conditions for both the environment and the people who produce them.

They create more damage than good at the end of the day.

Alternatives to the items that you really want

I am not saying that if your dream bag is a Chanel you should buy it if it's not within your budget. What I am trying to suggest is that if you eyed a good quality item you know you'd love and that you can afford you shouldn't opt for a similar but less attractive alternative just to save money.

Settling for something that you don't like as much will increase massively the chances that you won't wear it eventually.

Colours that don't suit you

I have mentioned this before but I cannot stress this enough. If you like a specific shade but you feel that is not flattering on you, chances are you won't make the most of it because you'll feel weird and washed out when wearing it.

My advice is to keep that unforgiving colour only for small accessories and away from your face if you really don't want to declutter your wardrobe every month.

Uncomfortable items

I cannot even tell you how many times this has happened to me: pair of jeans, shoes, bras, underwear...the list is long.

It is time to say no to pretty items that you won't wear around the house. Life is too short.

I know this is not a popular opinion nowadays, but I am telling you a big truth: they are always the first items you get rid of when decluttering.

Occasional wear

It should be the natural evolution of your everyday style for it to be something you can wear again easily.

For instance: if you love wearing blazers and T-shirts with denim you might want to invest in a good suit for that special occasion rather than a long girly dress. You can simply break the set and style it down by wearing the blazer with denim as you would normally do and pair the trousers with a casual jumper or sweatshirt.

Stop checking for your size, check the measurements of the items

I am a perfect size 10 but in my wardrobe, there are all sorts of sizes, including men's stuff.

Every brand has different fits, so please instead of insisting that "I have always been a 10" take your measurements and then measure the item or, if shopping online, check for the size guidelines on the description.

Zara is notoriously selling very small items so you will need a size up, Max Mara is known to be very generous, so you might need to size down...they are all different, therefore the best thing is to be open-minded about it.

About right items, but not really:

That pair of smart boots that you love but pinches on the toes, the cute T-shirt with a slightly too deep V neckline, the skirt that is a tiny bit too short, the trousers that you need to lie down on the bed to close...

Those items are still wearable but they are not perfectly right.

What usually happens is that you reach for them in the wardrobe, you try them on only to change your mind and put them back because they are cute but not just right.

Take your time to try clothes/accessories before you take the label off!

If they don't feel absolutely perfect, return them.

That little detail you think it's not important will bother you later on, once the excitement of the purchase is gone.

Stop buying things that fit but they don't feel like you

The size is not an issue. You like that item you bought, it definitely sparks joy. On the other hand, you didn't take the label off and you don't know why but you can't just wear it.

This is a clear case of impulse buying: items that you like, that fits but that don't represent your current style.

These are the sneaky purchases that it is difficult to recognise, the ones you think you'll wear every day but that once in the wardrobe, you are not drawn to.

This happens a lot when you are not sure about what your real style is and that is why I always recommend to declutter and then stop buying for a while to make up your mind about what your aesthetic really is.

I know it sounds boring, but the best way to avoid those kinds of mistakes is to invest in items that are very similar to what you already have and use most of the time.

Being too adventurous in fashion is usually a faux pas.

Things that are too difficult to take care of.

Items that require a lot of maintenance ( such as a dry cleaner, wash by hand, lots of ironing and so on...) are usually annoying. If you are a busy bee and you can't be arsed, that you will probably tend to wear more practical pieces.

If that's your case, check the care label before you buy: that will make you stop and think if it's really worth it.

Loud and bright patterns:

Choose from prints that will never go out of fashion instead such as stripes, discreet animalier and polka dots.

Flowers prints are borderline as they are always affected by trends maybe for the colour combo or for the design itself.

Also, the risk of matching furniture is very high.

Thank you for reading my post today, I hope you found it interesting!

If so, please share it on your social media accounts and if you are new, don't forget to subscribe to my newsletters!

Want to know how to find your personal style?

Check this post:

How to find your own personal style and build the perfect capsule wardrobe for you