Is your wardrobe bursting at the seams but you never seem to be able to find something to wear?
Sounds like it’s time for a serious clear-out using these questions as a guide to help you discard some items that just are working for you any more…
1. Do I love it?
If you don’t like it, you won’t wear it. Simple. Get rid.
2. Does it fit?
Too big but cost a fortune. Too small but you’re hoping to slim into it. Just not quite the right shape but maybe at a different angle. If it can’t be easily altered to fit you then it’s just not right.
3. Is it flattering?
Colour, shape, scale, style, fit… If it’s just not right then it’s taking up wardrobe space.
4. Do I feel good in it?
If you don’t, you won’t wear it. Time to let go.
5. Is it still in good condition?
Maybe it’s a well worn favourite but so well worn that it’s looking a bit tired. Unless it’s for very casual wear,
6. When was the last time I wore it?
You’ll often hear the advice to get rid of anything you haven’t worn in 6 months. That seems a bit ruthless to me. But if you haven’t worn it in the last 12 months, you’ve been through all seasons, probably a few important events and occasions and you haven’t worn it. Chances are you won’t wear it this year either.
7. Why have I not worn it?
Probably because it’s doesn’t meet one of these criteria. In which case you won’t wear it again.
8. Where/when am I going to wear it?
I’m still holding onto a few (okay, quite a few) pieces from my old ‘corporate’ life. Where will I wear them? Probably nowhere. Time to take my own advice, practice what I preach…
9. Does it suit my lifestyle?
Similar to that last question. Do you have a wardrobe full of glitzy eveningwear but now spend more time outdoors walking the dogs? Keep what you’ve worn recently and let go of the rest.
10. Does it represent me and the image I want to portray?
I’ll write more about this soon but take 5 minutes to think about what you want your image to communicate?
Write down 3 qualities that you would like to convey or project on a consistent basis e.g. stylish, elegant, feminine. Unless, it’s gym gear, if it doesn’t meet those qualities, it won’t project the image you want.
11. Have you a wardrobe full of similar items?
If so, keep the one that has the most ‘yes’ answers to these questions. This will become your favourite (if it isn’t already) so you won’t wear the others.
12. What does it go with?
If you’ve been on the hunt forever for the right shoes, top, skirt, whatever to go with it then it’s just too difficult to wear. Give up and focus on all the other fab things in your wardrobe that are ready to wear.
A few other tips:
Organise your wardrobe in items…skirts, trousers, jeans, dresses, shirts, blouses, tops, jumpers… You can see at a glance what you’re looking for, and also what you’re missing. Even better, arrange these in colours and your wardrobe will really start working for you.
A local alteration service is a great person to have in your contact list. If you don’t already have one, ask for recommendations. It’s important to get someone who’ll work with you, be careful with your clothing and do a quality job. Make a pile of alterations and get them done so they’re ready to wear.
It should be easy now to see what you tend to buy most of. For most of us, it’s the easy to buy items. Now that you’ve cleared out, you should be able to easily see what’s missing that will help you tie together all the fab pieces that are left. Make a list and treat yourself to some ‘essential’ shopping.
A lot of people look at what now looks like a very sparse wardrobe and panic that they have nothing to wear and desperately want to plunder through the discarded piles and hang all the items straight back up again!You weren’t wearing them. You were rummaging through a whole mountain of clothes that just taking up space and weren’t working for you. Now everything that’s left fits you and makes you feel good.
Look good, feel good. Enjoy Gorgeous!