I know I'm not the only one who goes to their closet, looks in and says, “I have absolutely nothing to wear today.” You're frustrated, tired of having to wear the same 5 outfits every Monday-Friday and then t-shirts and shorts on the weekend. You're wondering how all of these fashionable people, bloggers, celebrities maintain their fashion-forward style and you just don't get it, because while you've purchased similar things to them, you just can't seem to make it look like their look or even find the piece you bought similar to them. Here's the root of the issue:
You don't have absolutely nothing to wear, you just can't find your stylish pieces because they're buried in a sea of clothing you don't want anymore, you just don't know it yet! So today, I'm going to share my process of downsizing my wardrobe. I try to do this every 4 months (3 times a year), but with all the moving I've done, I managed to downsize a whole lot while trying to move.
Here are my 4 steps to downsize your wardrobe!
1. Is it in style? If you're still carrying around those sequined purses that rattled every time you moved them, trust me when I say they are never coming back in style. So why do we keep these things that we know aren't in style? I know for me, I struggled with the “emotional side” of clothing. “I wore this when….” yada yada yada. Trust me when I say, when you get rid of them, the memories are still there. Unless of course it's a wedding dress. Then go have it boxed up and preserved. You never know if one day your kid will want to use the dress! Quit holding on to things that went out of style two or five or ten years ago. (This of course excludes basic pieces, such as a blazer, winter coat, etc.)
2. Have you worn it in the past year? If not? Throw it out. Not including seasonal pieces. As I said before, style changes on a frequent basis. The main things that should constantly stay in your wardrobe are your basics, things like a suit, jeans, etc. Chances are, if you haven't worn it in the past year, you won't miss it out of your closet.
3. Does it look worn? If you're wearing clothes with holes in it, stop it. Holey clothes are not Holy clothes and have no business being in your closet. Throw it out. If your black shirts are now “off-black” (you know what I'm talking about, people) then you either need to dye the clothing (I know you're not actually going to do that), or donate/toss it. Either way, it needs to be out of your closet.
4. Have you recently moved to a new climate? My best friend from high school moved from Texas to Canada after graduation. The climate in Texas is completely different than the climate in Canada. As in, she couldn't wear shorts and a tank 85% of the year anymore. In fact, when she came to visit this summer, she told us about the high where she lived being in the 50's… In the summer… So naturally, my friend's wardrobe has changed since moving up north. If there's an extremely low possibility that you'll utilize your 500 pairs of shorts because you've moved up north, it's probably time to get rid of 490 pairs of them. Same goes for if you're from the north and move to the south. We rarely wear long sleeves. Ditch 'em.
I hope these tips are helpful!