A beautiful, floor-grazing skirt. A favorite, buttery soft fitted t-shirt. A classic leather tote. Whether it’s walking in to meet a client for the first time or lunch with an old friend, we always look our best wearing clothes we feel great in. Year after year I find myself in the same predicament: a disheveled closet, clothing that doesn’t fit correctly, missing shoes and seemingly nothing to wear. I am guilty of attempting to follow the latest trend or purchasing things I don’t need (and never end up returning) so, this year I promised that I would take a good, long look at exactly what is happening with my wardrobe and make room for essential pieces while scaling back the rest.
Style, while something that has always appealed to me, hasn’t ever been easy to pull off. I often catch myself um-and-ahhing over beautiful, handmade clothing which is completely out of my budget. So instead of splurging, I’ll spend my money on cheap pieces that barely get worn once before they rip or have buttons pop off. Not quite the thrifty alternative I was looking for. To make matters worse, my style—to me—is incredibly hard to pin-point. I can only describe it as some eclectic mix of bohemian, classic, polished, yet comfortable. Having two children to run after definitely lends itself to well to a “comfortable” wardrobe! In any case, I’ve listed a few ideas that have helped get things under control:
• Inventory your closet. Gear up with an old fashioned pen and paper and take stock of the key items you have, and what’s missing from the list.
• Ask yourself this question: “Does this ____ serve a purpose in my every day?” Is it following a trend, or is it useful to me in more ways than one? Be critical. Anything that you haven’t worn or no longer serves you gets bagged up for donation.
• Donate what didn’t make the cut. It feels really wonderful to give bags filled with clothing to donation centers for those that need more than we do. During the winter, it’s especially nice to remember things like boots, hats, scarves and heavy coats.
• Keep it simple. Trusty go-to articles of clothing are simple, well made, and easy to wear. Nothing pulls or tugs, hangs or sags.