Happy April ladies. I’m ready for a new month and the promise of new things. Are you? It’s the first Wednesday of the month so as promised, I have a style tip for you that will make it a little easier to get dressed each morning.
The start of a new month and season is the perfect time to switch over your wardrobe and in the process, clean out your closet and reset your style. More than ever, with time on our hands we can give this the focus it needs and come out of it knowing what we want to wear this spring. We can reset our style by removing the things that no longer support our style goals.
What’s the best way to purge your closet? There are several ways, the most popular being:
- Take everything out of your closet and lay it on your bed. Separate into three piles. Keep, let go and not sure. Go through each item as you put it back.
- Go down each rod, shelf and through every drawer examing pieces in place.
I couldn’t possibly take everything out so I edit in place. Plus everything would get wrinkles if I piled them on my bed. Marie Kondo suggests tossing it all on the floor which I would never consider doing, but that’s just me.
For each garment you touch, ask your self these questions:
Is it damaged or stained?
They need to go. You deserve better than that.
Does it fit your body now?
Our body shape changes as we age and even if we maintain our weight, things shift. No point in keeping something that pinches or squeezes your body shape now. There is also no point in keeping clothes for when you lose those pesky 20 pounds. They’ll either be out of style by then or you will feel so proud of yourself you will want to dress your new shape in new clothes.
Does it go with at least three other things in your wardrobe?
Orphans that don’t go with anything or just one thing in your wardrobe are taking up valuable space and often end up being frustrating. If you’ve truly made a mistake and own something that’s hard to wear, it could be time to donate it. These garments usually end up frustrating us and life’s too short for that.
Do you still love it?
Fashion evolves so clothes we may have loved four years ago could now bore us to tears. Wardrobe staples are the exception here because they are timeless. They don’t need to ring every bell to be valuable players in your closet. Does this item make you feel great when you wear it?
Do you have other versions of the same item that are better?
at least 6 pairs of black jeans. One or two are looking faded and not as crisp as I like so I can safely put them in my donate pile knowing I will not miss them.
Does it fit your current lifestyle?
Our daily activities and where we live are a big part of what works and doesn’t work for our clothes. If you have moved or your lifestyle has changed, you may be able to repurpose many things but chances are many will not work for you now. Keep the things that comfortably fit your new life.
Is it time for a closet cleanout so you can refresh and reset your style for spring?
What have you removed from your wardrobe that no longer works for your lifestyle?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.
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