Summer is winding to a close and fall is on the horizon. It’s that time of year to start taking stock of your wardrobe and getting ready for what’s next. Fall is a busy time when everything gets back on track and it is key to feeling polished and put together that you do a little a little homework. This starts with clearing out your closet.
A wardrobe isn’t built in a day, and typically women have years’ worth (or more!) of clothing jammed into their small space, cluttering it up and preventing you from seeing what you really do want to wear. More than creating clutter, it often causes shame. All those clothes piling up over the years, taking over your closet, your bedroom, your home. Women come into the boutique all the time and whisper to me, “I have clothes that I’ve had since college still in my closet”, or “my closet takes up 2 bedrooms”, as if it’s a mortal sin. While it may not be quite that bad, it isn’t healthy, and worse – it’s taking you way longer to get dressed when you have to weed through that sea of old, ill-fitting and out-of-style clothing just to find something that fits.
It’s time to toss some things and I want to make it easy for you. If you start with just one small step, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and it will spur you to take another, then another…Start here with these 5 things (because 10 can feel overwhelming) and see where it takes you. I’m cheering you on, my friend. You can do it!
1/ Anything that you haven’t worn in over a year.
I know, I know. There will always be that one piece you’ll argue to keep, there will always be an exception. Having one exception is ok, but having a closet full of them is what got you into this mess in the first place. Be judicious and you’ll reap the benefits.
2/ Anything that no longer fits.
I encourage you to go through your closet and try on EVERYTHING. If it doesn’t fit, flatter and make you feel good, get rid of it. It’s not right for you, but there’s something better. When I worked with my client, Brenda, she confessed to me that she didn’t like the way any of her jeans fit. When she tried on a pair jeans at StyleFinder, she was so stunned she couldn’t believe it! She thought finding jeans that fit her body was never going to happen, and when she found some that did, she bought several pairs to replace all the old ones. When she wore her new ones, she felt like a million bucks!
3/ Baggy, pleated pants or jeans.
I see it all the time. In fact, I just saw it this morning at Starbucks. Baggy pants. On women. And it was so unflattering it was all I could do not to say anything. They visually add so many pounds, ladies. Seriously. And if you wear a loose fitting top, just fuggedaboutit! You’ll look much heavier than you are, shapeless and boring. I know that’s not who you really are, so ditch the baggy pants or jeans and find something that truly fits! We had a client come in recently wearing baggy pants and when she tried on a pair of our modern-fit pants, even she commented on how much slimmer she looked. She loved the look so much, and the fact that they were comfortable, that we cut the tags off and she wore them out of the store!
4/ Your old blazers.
While blazers are actually making a comeback this fall, the old, long blazers from the 80s and 90s went out with big hair. If you love the look, retire your dinosaurs and treat yourself to a new one! It’ll freshen up your look, will go with everything and will help you to feel right in style!
5/ Anything that you can’t.stand.to.wear. Period.
You know that feeling when you wear an outfit out of the house and get to where you’re going and can’t wait to get home again so you can change? Yeah, don’t do that. I was talking to my mom the other day and she said how much she can’t stand when this happens. I told her what I’m telling you. Get rid of it. Never wear it again. That’s right. Liberate yourself. You deserve to wear ONLY clothes that make you feel like a million bucks! If you don’t like it for whatever reason, don’t rationalize how much you spent on it, or how you feel you should wear it (I know – I’ve done it too!). Just. let.it.go. You’ll feel free, never to be constricted by an ugly, ill-fitting outfit that makes you feel ugly and ill again!
Need help in your closet? Our style coaches can help with a Closet Clarity Session, or a StyleFinder 101 session to help you know what’s right for you – and what to never wear again! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can help you feel beautiful!