Style Tip- Stop Saving Your Good Clothes for Later

Style Tip- Stop Saving Your Good Clothes for Later

Happy Wednesday, ladies. Today I thought I would start a new series. On the first Wednesday of each month, I’ll share a style tip I think can help us all dress better that day, that month, and for the coming years. This month it’s about the way we pigeon hole our clothes and how to stop saving your good clothes for later.

Most of us sort our clothes based on lifestyle activities.

  • Clothes for cleaning out the garage, gardening, painting, and generally stuff we wouldn’t want to answer the door wearing.
  • Clothes for relaxing at home, popping out to the mailbox, and are not ashamed to be seen in.
  • Outfits for running errands, grocery shopping, doctor visits and lunch with the girls.
  • Date night clothes for dinner and a movie.
  • Pulling out all the stops for the theater, ballet, a wedding or ceremony.

All too often women wear the same thing day in and day, never wear their nicer pieces.

Why do we save our best clothes?

  • Shifting lifestyles can make your clothes seem out of place which changes how often we wear them.
  • Our health changes so we wear more casual clothes.
  • We’ve bought clothes for a lifestyle we don’t have.
  • Most often- we are afraid to ruin them!

Whatever the reason, you need to shift everything down one level and start wearing your good stuff.

How to start wearing your good stuff

  • Those clothes you save for dressy events? Style them more casually for a date night out. Wear your sequin cardigan over a pair of dark denim and casual flats. Toss on your little black dress with keds and a denim jacket. Your nicest black pants would look great with a simple tee and so on.


  • Your date night clothing is easily dressed down for running errands and lunch with girlfriends. Who says you can’t wear a skirt or nice trousers to meet friends for lunch? That dress you wore to a baby shower looks perfect with flat sandals and a cotton cardigan.


  • The stuff you reserve for hanging around the house you can allocate for gardening, cleaning out the garage, and heavy housework.


  • Those clothes you don’t want to be seen dead wearing? Get rid of them. If they’re wearable at all, donate them but otherwise, tear for rags or otherwise render them unwearable.

How many of your favorite items are lingering in your closet that should be brought out to play?

All too often we save clothes for occasions that never come and they go out of style while we’re waiting. Don’t waste your money or squander the things that you love by letting them go unworn. Life’s too short to wear the second-best stuff so treat yourself well, and wear the best you own.

What have you been saving that needs to come out more often?

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Thanks for reading ladies and remember to only wear what makes you feel confident.




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  1. Donna Nance
    March 6, 2020 / 6:12 am

    Love this post! My mother always saved something back “for good”. She kept a nice robe and gown in case she visited relatives overnight. And of course, everyone had their church clothes, not to be worn at any other time. Same line of thought concerning china and glassware. Coming from the hills of Kentucky during the depression probably had something to do with her mindset. Your readers always have such interesting insights!

    • Jennifer
      March 6, 2020 / 10:18 am

      My readers are the best!!

  2. Janey
    March 5, 2020 / 4:30 pm

    I am guilty of that. I have 6+ unworn outfits put away for evening special occasions when I actually go to about one or two such events a year. I could easily get some of them taken up to wear everyday, or re purpose a sparkly top and wear it with casual pants. On a slightly different topic, I also buy for the weight I am going to lose, in order to motivate myself. But it never works and I end up giving away many too small outfits when they become dated.

    • Jennifer
      March 6, 2020 / 10:14 am

      I find it more motivating to buy something I can wear the very next day that makes me feel great! See if that works for you too.

  3. Nancy J
    March 5, 2020 / 4:59 am

    This is great advice! And at 82 I have been doing it. It is a wonderfulf way to live. Just don’t wait as long as I did. Started when I was in my late 70’s.

  4. Janet
    March 4, 2020 / 8:10 pm

    This hit close to home and has got me thinking. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Eve
    March 4, 2020 / 7:13 pm

    I have sweaters in my closet that i never wore. Really pretty ones in cheerful colors. They make replacements for all those sweat shirts I use to reach for. I’m warm and look better. Sometimes we just need to upgrade our look because we tend to grab those sweats for lounging around when we have perfectly comfortable sweaters and pants that look better. If you’re sick, wear them but if not, wear your nice warm sweaters and pull on elastic waist pants. Skip the joggers and sweats.

  6. Nancy
    March 4, 2020 / 6:39 pm

    I learned this early on. My uncle gave me a bottle of Chanel #5 perfume when I was 16. I used it carefully on special occasions. One day about 2 years later I realized it was completely empty. It evaporated!! That was 50+ years ago. I still have the bottle right now, lives in my underwear box to remind me.
    My mother used her sterling silver every day, but she still never burned her rose candle, the same type Erma Bombeck laughed about back in the day.

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 8:03 pm

      Those are poignant memories, Nancy. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us.

  7. Joy
    March 4, 2020 / 1:56 pm

    I totally agree. I no longer need special dresses for the navy ball since hubby is retired. Couldn’t bear to part with a couple of them. Loved your ideas. Thank you. Just reorganized my closet so my good clothes are Front and center. Wearing t shirts and sweat pants all day Makes me feel yucky.

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 8:01 pm

      You deserve to feel awesome Joy. Toss the cruddy stuff and wear the good stuff until it wears out:)

  8. patricia a gale
    March 4, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    Love this post. Totally agree with the concept.

    For those of us that are(over 50) having more big “O” BIRTHDAYS, this is a must mindset.
    After I had a very bog “O” birthday last year, my new motto is :

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 8:00 pm

      Yes, YES! I agree Patricia

  9. Doris Harding
    March 4, 2020 / 1:06 pm

    Excellent blog article today, great ideas and much to think upon! Now, to put it into practice!!..probably requires a fair amount of grit and determination on my part, as I and all my family were brought up to be “savers.” Thanks to you, Jennifer, and all other members for positive reinforcements and great attitudes!

  10. Kay
    March 4, 2020 / 12:44 pm

    I don’t recommend my method (house burned down) but starting from scratch with a wardrobe is oddly liberating. I have purchased just two “dressy” outfits, and I am going to take your advice and try to style them “down” for more wear.

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:59 pm

      That so rough Kay, I’m so sorry.

  11. Jacqueline Bucco
    March 4, 2020 / 12:38 pm

    Ohhh love this post…..and it just makes soo much sense:):) I am def going to do this!! Just the other night I had a j.jill top that I just bought in my closet, and was contemplating to wear it out for a casual nite. Actually was just saving it for idk what haha???…..but bc it was solid black it def appeared as a better top(and it is) but not dressey…….sooo I did exactly what you suggested, and wore it with a pair of better dark jeans and black patent loafers:):) it proved that this theory works….glad I took the tags off and wire it for a casual nite…..loved it and actually looked great❤️??

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:57 pm

      Way to go, Jacqueline!!

  12. Joan
    March 4, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    The title of today’s post caught my attention. You wrote this for me!! LOL Actually, you provided several important tips and ideas. In addition, I am trying to face my own CRAZY ideas/rules such as:

    1. Saving new clothes w/tags for that “right” time (an evening out with friends, the right mood, the right weather, the right fit, the right feeling, etc.). If the “right” circumstances don’t come together, new clothes can hang in my closet for months and even years. Yikes!

    2. I have a designated area in my closet for clothes that have been worn but not enough to be washed. Often I narrow my search for what to wear each day to that limited section to prevent it from becoming overcrowded. That means that I will wear a particular outfit once every week or two until it needs to be washed. Then I’ll repeat that cycle with other outfits. At any given time, it looks like I have a small wardrobe when in reality my closet is bulging with clothes that I am “saving”.

    Thanks, Jennifer, for causing us all to THINK about our habits, self-imposed rules, etc. and to ENJOY life by wearing all those beautiful clothes while we can. ?

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:54 pm

      I think we should “snap” the tag`s off new clothes, the day after we buy something and “break it in:)”

  13. Yvonne
    March 4, 2020 / 12:19 pm

    I love this post – such a great reminder! I recently shortened a pair of wide leg black pants that I could only wear with a 2″ heel, but now they will be worn with flats for an everyday look. Next project: go through my wardrobe and mix things up.

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:51 pm

      That’s smart Yvonne. Heels are a commitment, flats are easy.

  14. Susan
    March 4, 2020 / 12:19 pm

    They call me the accessory lady. Never go anywhere without one of my funky necklaces on. I love scarves as well. I keep trying on different things from my closet until I feel I have it just right. I love to create a great look. We only go through life once so make it fun an interesting

  15. Christine
    March 4, 2020 / 11:49 am

    Great post! For me, this includes my jewellery. So easy to not bother with accessories…..now I match earrings to my daily outfits, wear my necklaces, wear a spritz of perfume. My husband often compliments me, and that is lovely! I do feel a bit embarrassed when people say “why are you all dressed up?” But then I think, that’s my issue, not theirs!

  16. Mollie M.
    March 4, 2020 / 11:28 am

    Love this post Jennifer. I agree with you. I wear all my clothes each day. The better I feel put together the more productive I am. I often get compliments about how I dress. I feel you are worth It. You only live once, so make the most of it.

  17. Kelli
    March 4, 2020 / 11:26 am

    You’re reading my mind again today! It’s so reassuring to know that I’m not the only one who does this. I’ve found that I really do need a few pieces of “old clothes” to wear for the reasons you mentioned before. But that I really only need a couple – not nearly as many as I’m hanging onto that are taking up space in my house.

  18. Jen
    March 4, 2020 / 11:15 am

    I love this post. I need to not be afraid to wear my good clothes and accessories. What am I saving them for?

  19. Gloria
    March 4, 2020 / 11:10 am

    Jennifer! Love, love, love your blog! I am 71 years old. I have been trying to dress up a notch when I go to the market or other errands. On my last doctor visit he commented how nice I was dressed! Made my day! I also like to give compliments when I see a lady who you can tell took a little extra time to make herself look pretty.

  20. Connie
    March 4, 2020 / 11:04 am

    Since I lost my parents a few years ago, I’ve been dressing up for everything–even to Costco and Sam’s. I also use my crystal, china and–drum roll please–the dining room! Now, I’m carefully transitioning my husband from Dad jeans and a tee shirt to khaki’s and a Hawaiian shirt. I tell him he’s one of my accessories and believe it or not, he laughs and goes along with it. I love your ideas about how to take a sequin sweater and dress from date to daily. It would be a great topic to explore with you as an example.

    • Valorie
      March 4, 2020 / 11:23 am

      I bet your husband loves being told he’s one of your accessories and that he enjoys rising to the occasion. Very fun!

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:50 pm

      I’m sorry about your parents. It’s such a life-altering loss. I’m working on my husband too:)

  21. Joanna
    March 4, 2020 / 10:49 am

    The only outfit I have that I Wouldn’t Want to Be Caught in is my painting outfit, an old pair of capris & tee. I love to spray paint outdoor furniture and there is always overspray, so I keep them. The rest of my wardrobe gets a good looking over just before the beginning of every season, so that is four times a year.
    The only pieces of clothing I don’t wear often are dresses. I don’t like wearing dresses so they only make an appearance on our yearly cruise, a wedding or funeral. Everything else gets worn. If I no longer like it or it doesn’t fit, I donate. There is no sense in having clothes sitting in your wardrobe becoming outdated when someone can be enjoying them.
    I must admit
    I do fall into the comfy clothing rut on our boat. Cropped leggings & tees take up less space where storage is precious, wash easily, and are comfy for lounging, tootling around in the dingy or in the kayak. I have one good outfit for “Going ashore” to shop or dine. I suppose I could up my game while boating. ? Yes! I’ve decided this year I will take nicer pieces.
    Thank you for the reminder that “We Are Worth It!”

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:48 pm

      Yay! You deserve it;)

  22. Sandy Baron
    March 4, 2020 / 10:30 am

    Oh gosh you must have been hiding in my closet this morning. I had an HOA meeting & then go to the mall for a gift card. I pulled out a “go to dinner top” but put it back. I don’t need to wear a good & expensive top to a meeting of old crabby people that are never happy. Lol. Then I thought this top is a cold shoulder and who knows if it will still be in style next season. I wore the top! And it felt good. This is the first of many changes.
    I am going to start using my China too. I was so proud I have had it almost 50 years and no broken pieces. If I break a piece while using it now who cares. My children aren’t interested in having it and it will probably end up at my local Goodwill when I bite the dust. Thanks for the timely hint. I’m changing things TODAY.

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:47 pm

      Way to go Sandy. My kids don’t want my china either. I love it so why shouldn’t I use it? No Reason!

  23. Ellen
    March 4, 2020 / 10:18 am

    I am so on board with this concept!
    China, crystal, and clothing.
    I need to just lose the stuff that isn’t “good”,
    like the 47 pairs of black yoga pants and leggings , and the 65 t-shirts. That way I won’t just gravitate towards them and will have to choose from only the “good” stuff.
    Thanks, Jennifer.

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:45 pm

      That’s a challenge for many of us so just removed unflattering temptation.

  24. JJjjoan
    March 4, 2020 / 10:18 am

    So so true!!!

  25. anna mills
    March 4, 2020 / 9:49 am

    Exactly what I needed to hear! Thank you. This is so true for me.

  26. Paula
    March 4, 2020 / 9:47 am

    I am fashion dysfunctional at 76; yes, it’s true.

    I am finally making an effort to care about clothes and put together a capsule wardrobe for each season though we don’t have many seasons here in Southern California.

    I am confused: Used to be you didn’t wear denim on denim in the same wash (Texas tuxedo) but now I am beginning to see it. What’s the definitive answer on this pls.

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:43 pm

      I do it! If you want to, go for it! You can also mix different washes if that feels better to you.

      • Dee
        April 26, 2020 / 8:23 am

        Paula, I agree, wear the denim the way you think you look best! I am starting to think the Fashion police are young kids, we all remember trying to get our moms to wear their dresses shorter.

  27. Pauline
    March 4, 2020 / 9:45 am

    If I could get into my closet without having to move his “gaming” chair, I’d probably wear more of what’s in the closet! This is a great idea since I’ll probably never wear half of what’s in the closet ever again! Most is too small and waiting for the day when I’ll fit into it again!! I can dream can’t I?

  28. Carolyn
    March 4, 2020 / 9:32 am

    Great blog. Gets me thinking. Plus I love the picture of the woman having tea!

  29. Teresa
    March 4, 2020 / 9:27 am

    Oh my gosh, I have everyone of those thoughts: too nice to wear, “ too something,” every single day! I then grow out of it or it doesn’t suit me later, etc. I need to start taking your advice and wear everything I own no matter what the day holds. Thank you so much for this blog!!! I needed to be reminded to live everyday and wear everything I own or get rid of it!! I really enjoy all your blog posts. Thank you!

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks for being here Teresa. We all deserve to wear our best.

  30. Claudette
    March 4, 2020 / 9:27 am

    This post made me laugh as yesterday I had this same conversation with myself. That save your good clothes is so ingrained from childhood that I almost feel guilty when I wear good clothes just because. You have made me really look at things differently and I appreciate your dedication to improving our daily lives.

  31. Sue
    March 4, 2020 / 9:19 am

    Love todays blog, can’t wait till next Wednesday. ❤️❤️❤️

  32. Kathy
    March 4, 2020 / 9:16 am

    Excellent advice!

  33. Catherine
    March 4, 2020 / 9:01 am

    Great advice. I am working my way down to 2 categories, work and casual. I mix the two to give me anything in between. I use to have a “cottage” category which was the stuff I didn’t really like but didn’t think I should get rid of etc. This winter I decided that I am worth looking nice no matter if I am in the city or cottage. I did one pass through the cottage closet and another is coming this weekend.

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 4:21 pm

      Congrats Catherine! Good for you. You deserve it.

  34. Suzi
    March 4, 2020 / 8:55 am

    Jennifer you are scary! ? I just brought out a handful of my favorites that I could not donate and now that I am on my serious weight loss journey they are going into my clothing rotation! Thank you for your efforts on our behalf.

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 4:19 pm

      Bravo Suzi!! Dress to please you.

  35. Karon Prom
    March 4, 2020 / 8:50 am

    What a timely topic! I just wore a nicer dress to work yesterday (very casual dress code), but dressed it down with a denim jacket and flat booties. It made me feel good about how I looked all day!

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 4:19 pm

      It sounds fabulous!

  36. Ann Yawornitsky
    March 4, 2020 / 8:42 am

    Love this post – went into my closet and saw some things I wore once. No more…going to use all of it. We live in a 55+ Retirement Community in an apartment. A perk is breakfast on the top floor each morning . Most people are very casual and I often get “oh, you are so dressed up” ( nice khaki and a sweater/scarf) so I can only imagine what comments I will get now. Yes to using the nice stuff, the dishes, wine glasses….everything. When my mother in law passed away there were things we found that she never used. Not going to have that happen to me ! Thanks for all your great posts!

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 4:18 pm

      Let them enjoy how you’re dressed! It feels so good to be dressed nicely.

  37. Sondra
    March 4, 2020 / 8:42 am

    Great advice and I plan to do just that……what on earth have I been saving them for??? I get in ruts and tend to not think outside the box. By mixing in my more casual things with the nicer ones makes total sense and will suit my lifestyle (retired) perfectly.

  38. Pam
    March 4, 2020 / 8:37 am


  39. Pamela Lutrell
    March 4, 2020 / 8:34 am

    Yes! We should treat each moment as a special one. Drink from the crystal, eat on the China, wear the nice garments to the grocery! Life is short so enjoy each moment to its fullest! Great reminder!

    • Linda J
      March 5, 2020 / 7:43 am

      I just have one thing to say about the china though…usually can’t go in the dishwasher!! Don’t want to spend all that time after dinner handwashing dishes. I decluttered my china years ago 😉 I’m not trying to be obnoxious, just had to throw that out there. I do agree with the basic idea, enjoy what you have and be grateful! Great post Jennifer.

      • Joanna
        March 5, 2020 / 11:44 am

        I use my china and put it in the dishwasher. Neither of my daughters, nor my daughter in law, want my china so if it gets ruined while I’m enjoying it, who cares! ??

      • Lori
        March 5, 2020 / 1:22 pm

        I might be the only one, but I actually enjoy hand washing china and crystal! Perhaps using the short cycle on the dishwasher and just drying off the dishes with a beautiful tea towel would make it worth it. I think I am going to use my dining room tonight and wear something better than a tee shirt.

  40. Celia
    March 4, 2020 / 7:17 am

    Such a smart concept! I’m going to try to put this idea into action, and wear those “good” clothes that I’ve saved for certain events. This falls in line with using your good china, etc. that’s rarely put into service. I’m thinking of several items that are relegated to too dressy for every day wear. Don’t want to die, and have daughter-in-laws wonder why tags are still on!!

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:30 am

      Lol, snap those tags and wear them:)

  41. Gaye Higgins
    March 4, 2020 / 6:17 am

    So spot on! “Why do we save our good clothes?”
    Even my good clothes were probably bought on sale! As the saying goes:
    Life is short
    Buy the shoes
    Take the trip
    Eat the cake!!!!

    • Jennifer
      March 4, 2020 / 7:29 am

      You’re so right Gaye! Now more than ever, we need to treat ourselves to the best we can afford and have.

    • Lea
      March 4, 2020 / 8:55 am

      That’s my motto, Gayle! Love mixing up my clothing, less boring that way 😉 I buy on sale, consignment… whatever catches my fancy!
      Love this post, Jennifer.

  42. Linda Johnson
    March 4, 2020 / 5:59 am

    This morning I’m going to the grocery store. I went through three t-shirts. One is for heavy cleaning, one for decluttering, then I found the one for grocery stores. Seriously, It’s March 4 and all would be covered by a puffy jacket anyway. I had to laugh because I am guilty of sorting my clothes. But I have to keep the ones, that should be thrown out because I am presently (SLOWLY) decluttering the attic and basement. Love your articles!

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