A closet full of nothing to wear! If I had a dollar for every time I have heard that phrase...
Well let me tell you, there is a reason for it and there is a way to change it. For good. All it takes is the will to want to work through your closet and style challenges and stick with me on how to overcome those issues. I promise you can and will have the closet, style and confidence of your dreams.
So let's dive into why you have a closet full of nothing to wear...
1. You have clothes that do not fit.
With us ladies, this is a common story. Pre-baby clothes, fat clothes, post-postpartum clothes, that time of the month clothes... I have heard it all! Your closet should reflect who you are today. Right now. Not yesterday, not the you in 2020, the right now, you!
I have come to terms with the fact that clothes have an expiration date. If it doesn't fit you now, don't wait for someday, just purge it. By the time, it does fit you, you won't like it and go buy something new anyways.
2. Your clothes are outdated and you know it.
Be honest with yourself. You have items in your closet that have been there for 10 years and you can't remember the last time you wore it. If it hasn't been worn in the last year, its probably time for it to go! There are some exceptions here but not many. You must part with the crap (excuse the brass honesty here) but that is what it is, crap! And more importantly, it is wasting your time and energy every morning to shuffle through items that are not serving you.
Need some motivation to purge outdated clothes? Go watch Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City. You know the scene... If you put it on and feel ridiculous in it, it needs to leave your life!
3. You have clothes that are not flattering on your body shape.
Last week I wrote all about how to discover your body shape and even added what cuts and styles work best for each body type. If you haven't read that one, click here, and go figure out what styles you should be wearing that flatters your body most. Then go through your clothes and get rid of the ones that aren't working for you.
4. You have had a lifestyle change and your closet has remained the same.
New flash: If you were in an office job, then transitioned to being what I like to call a #supermom (AKA: SAHM), your closet probably needs some updating. Or maybe you are a work at home mom and just have no idea what you should be wearing other than workout pants (follow me on Pinterest for outfit ideas), your closet should be purged like you have never purged it before.
You need to think about what your lifestyle demands from your closet. Ask yourself what you do everyday and how your clothes need to meet your daily demands. For example, most moms need to be able to bend over without feeling like she's showing off her derriere to the world just to pick her kids up (meaning, longer hemlines on dresses are a must!). Think about details like this and make note in your phone so when you are on the hunt for clothes that fit your lifestyle you will be sure to get the right items.
On a side note, don't be scared to get rid of clothes. Just because you paid $200 for a suit that you wore a handful of times doesn't mean you need to keep it if your life doesn't require you to wear a suit any longer. I spent my share of $$ in Ann Taylor Loft buying suits for my desk job and gave it all away!! I actually felt better knowing that those pieces were serving someone else who could use them. You will buy more clothes, so don't stress on getting rid of the ones you aren't wearing anyways. The average woman only wears about 20% of her wardrobe, hence, the term I have nothing to wear.
Which brings me to number #5
Since you only use and wear the same 3 pairs of jeans and 4 tops, chances are this last reason applies to you.
5. Time to do some Laundry
At the end of the week, your closet is busting at the seams with clothes but you have worn that 20% of your closet so you feel like you have "nothing to wear". My suggestion, before you even do your laundry, leave the clothes you love in the hamper and deal with the rest of your closet by getting rid of at least 50% of it! Yep, I said 50% of it!
Last summer, I purged 60% of my wardrobe. Here I am 6 months later, purging another 20%. Why? Because clothes have an expiration date. You need to re-assess your closet with each change in the season. This will force you to think about what you really are craving to wear. And if you aren't wanting to grab anything in your closet, its time to start re-assessing your style direction.
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Wishing you a stylish week my friends!