Don’t Have Much? 4 Ways to Manage Those Few Clothes {& Still Feel Good!}

I don’t pride myself as someone who has too many clothes. Maybe now, I’m a bit better (even though I still never find anything to wear whenever I have an event) but at some point in my life, I could literally count how many good clothes I had. Throughout my first 2-3 years in Uni, most of the clothes I had were courtesy of my beautiful cousins – aunty Taiwo & Kenny Olorunsogo; my friends from whose wardrobes I always stole from {Ope Harun and Debby, hope you guys are seeing this}; and a few other big sisters {like Funto Ibuoye, Tope Omotayo & Ife Omotosho} whose clothes just always found their way to me, somehow. Thank you, guys!

Anyway, not having many good clothes can make you feel really bad. For one, there is that thought that ‘everyone knows you are repeating the same dress every time’ and ooh, there is also that feeling of inferiority that creeps in when you are in a gathering of well-dressed babes and your shirt is slightly faded.

Gosh! I know how that one feels because it happened to me many times. I remember how one day, I had to hide my feet from my boss because my shoes had started peeling. Imagine trying to hide the front of your shoes while standing! It was so uncomfortable, and even though it kind of worked, it didn’t save me the torture of thinking everyone at work was suddenly interested in looking at my feet!

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So today, if you are here and you sometimes feel intimidated by someone else because of the quantity and quality of clothes she has, I’m going to share from my own experiences, 4 ways to manage the few clothes you have and still feel good!

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  • Fix the Tears:

Whenever you realize that there is a tear on your cloth, please fix it before wearing it out. It can be pretty embarrassing if a stranger has to point the tear out to you (especially if it’s on a part of your body that a tear should not be. You know what I’m saying?)

I realized that most of the times I felt inferior to my peers were times when I wore clothes that were torn or carried bags or shoes that had started peeling. Even if no one notices the tear, I would be so aware of it and would feel like the whole world was judging me. It always made me uncomfortable and would affect how I carried myself throughout that day.

So, before you step out of the house, ensure that you’ve sown that tear or fixed that ripped button. I know it can be pretty annoying when you discover that the cloth needs to be fixed after you’ve worn it, but please don’t go out like that.

Quick Tip: Learn to use the needle and thread. It’s one of those DIY chores everyone should learn.

Also, when fixing, it’s important that you use the thread of the right colour. Don’t go and be fixing your orange skirt with a blue thread o, unless of course you are a pro at sowing and no one would see the stitches.

  • Be Clean:

Guys, there is just something about cleanliness that makes you look so presentable. Not having many clothes does not affect you being clean. Just make sure the ones you have are washed before wearing them out.

Also, iron the rumpled ones. There was a time when I could go anywhere in extremely rumpled clothes and not care, but I’ve learnt over the years that (i) people would judge you first by your appearance and (ii) you never know where you might be required to go or in front of whom you might find yourself.

Quick Tip: Don’t just take care of your clothes, take care of yourself too. Be conscious of how you smell, your hair, the other hairs *insert cough {y’all know the struggle of trying to keep your arms closed when you are wearing an armless dress because your armpits, oh Lord! Yeah, it never works.}, your shoes, how you talk and composure, even. All of these come together to make your appearance.

  • Buy Non-Flashy Clothes:

Anyone who knows me knows that favourite colour, when it comes to buying clothes, bags or shoes, is black. Now, while some fashionistas may term this as non-stylish, I know this act stemmed from not having the luxury to buy flashy colours at a time. Why? Because flashy colours are noticeable!

Now, I’m not saying you should only buy black things but if you had the chance to buy just one skirt for an entire year, I wouldn’t advise you pick yellow. That would make it easy for others to notice that you are wearing the same skirt over and over.

Same with shoes, bags, jeans or dresses. Crazy jeans, patterned dresses or shoes with lots of accessories are flashy. They are fashionable, but they are flashy. If you can afford them, fine but if you can’t, go for a beautiful but more toned piece.

  • Learn to Combine:

Let’s just say I’m the queen of combinations when it comes to dresses. Kai! I can combine for Africa. I have once tucked a full dress in a skirt before, making it look like a skirt and blouse.

There was another time when I had just one black skirt. Every Sunday, I would switch it up with different shirts and style them differently. One Sunday, I could tuck it in with a shirt. The next Sunday, I’ll adding a tummy belt to it, making it look like its high-waist. Another Sunday, I’m flying it out. On and on like that. Even at home, I’m known for how creative I am when it comes to combining my clothes, so they look different, every time.

In all, what I’m trying to say is this: even with few clothes, switching them up into different styles can make it look like you have more.

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There you have it guys. Here is what I do. If you have more ways you manage your clothes and would like to teach us, drop them in the comments. We’d love to learn.😊

Till later guys.

With love ❤,


PS: You are more than clothes and shoes. Don’t let how many clothes you have define your self worth.

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