Do your clothes make you look like you belong in a different era? Do they fall off because they are too big or are they uncomfortable because they are too tight? Do you feel like you are in a fashion rut? Have you not been shopping in years? Or do your shopping trips yield little results? Does shopping make you feel overwhelmed? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this series is for you!
This is the first installment of my “How to Build a Versatile Wardrobe” series! In this post, I’m going to walk you through a very important part of creating a great, new wardrobe: purging. Getting rid of some of your old pieces is essential to creating a new wardrobe but it can sometimes be easier said than done. For some reason, we can get really emotionally attached to clothes or we hope that someday they will fit again but, in reality, they are just clothes and it is better to have ones that look and fit good than have a bunch of old pieces that are simply just taking up space. So, how do you decide what to get rid of and what to keep? Here are some tips to help you make great fashion decisions.
When considering whether or not to keep or get rid of an item ask yourself these questions:
Does it fit? Although it will take a while, make sure to try on everything. Don’t tell yourself “well it doesn’t fit right now but it might if I lose/gain weight”. NO! Dress for the body you have now. Size is just a number and you might be surprised at how great simply wearing clothes that fit can make your body look. If it does not fit or the fit is not great, toss it out.
Is it in good condition? No matter how much you like it, if it has holes, looks terribly worn, is really faded, or has any stains, its time to let it go.
Is it outdated? If you bought it years ago, have had it since high school (all that Hollister and Abercrombie stuff from junior year…), or it is something that you know is no longer in style (fanny packs I’m talking to you!), get rid of it. Clothes and accessories that are from a different decade, are really worn, or are too young/old for you never, ever look good.
Will you be tempted to wear it somewhere you shouldn’t? Everyone needs some clothes for lounging around, mowing the grass, and cleaning the house, but if you are ever tempted to wear your toilet cleaning clothes to dinner or out shopping remove the temptation and throw it out.
Now that you have gone through all your clothes, what do you do with them?
Sell them! Taking your old clothes to a local consignment store can make you some extra cash to go towards your new wardrobe!
Donate them! Anything the consignment store doesn’t take, donate them immediately. As in, swing by the Goodwill or Salvation Army before going home! Why? Because if you take those purged clothes back home you might be tempted to hang on to them and unfortunately they might sneak their way back into your closet. Sneaky little boogers…
For some, purging is the hardest part of the process. Letting go isn’t always easy! But after you have removed some of the problems from your closet, you have a clean slate and are ready to start creating that fresh, new, versitile wardrobe!
p.s. Check back! “How to Build a Versatile Wardrobe Part 2: Creating a Game Plan” is coming soon!