Your style significantly changes over the years. Especially from college to the working world. For most of us (myself included) it can be hard to let go and transition into that next chapter of our lives. A large part of that transition is adjusting your style and getting rid of items that don’t fit you and/or your new lifestyle. When cleaning out your wardrobe, ask yourself the following questions to figure out whether or not something is worth keeping:
What’s the condition?
To me, the most important thing is quality. When going through each piece of clothing, ask yourself, “is this in good condition?” If the answer is no -ditch it. This may include picks/tears in the fabric, stains, holes, etc. For these items, you don’t even need to try them on -they can go straight into the Goodwill bag.
Is this in style?
Style is important and it’s always good to stay up to date with the latest trends. If your piece of clothing passes the quality test, ask yourself if it’s in style. I try to keep classic pieces that will always be in style and can be paired with just about anything. These are items you definitely want to hold on to!
For those unique pieces that used to be in style a few years ago, it’s not likely that they will come back into style. If they do, it will be years down the road and chances are, the style will be slightly different. These items are usually not worth keeping. HOWEVER, you may have some things that were last year’s trend, but you wear them all the time -these are ok to keep! Just because something may be a little outdated, doesn’t mean you need to get rid of it, as long as it’s relevant to your current taste and style.
This leads into the next question…
Is this applicable to your daily life?
Basically you need to ask yourself if the item of clothing is practical. If it’s an old formal dress from years ago that you only wore once, the answer is probably not.
The best way to do this is to make a list of daily and weekly activities. Do you work in a corporate office where you need to dress professionally? Do you need workout clothes if you go to the gym? Or party clothes for nights out on the weekend? Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above. However, if anything changes in your personal and/or professional life, you need to be ok with letting some things go.
This is the HARDEST thing for me. I don’t like letting go of things, and my clothing/style is a large part of my identity -so purging my closet is always a little sad for me. The best way I stay on track is reminding myself how much better I will feel with a closet that isn’t so cluttered. Also, by donating things, someone else may be able to get a lot more use from it than I would if it was still hanging in my closet untouched!
TIP: If you have something you love, but you have not worn it in over a year, donate it. If you haven’t worn it in a year -you likely never will.
Does it fit?
So your clothing is in good quality, it’s in style and relevant to your daily life -but, does it fit you properly? Try it on. This may take a while to try everything -but if you are unsure how something fits -you NEED to try it on.
If something doesn’t fit properly and you don’t feel confident in it, say goodbye.
My best advice I can give here is to be brutally honest. Sometimes it helps to have a family member or friend with you.
If you bought a top to go with a certain printed skirt but it’s too tight around the arms -it isn’t the right top for you. If you feel uncomfortable in a dress you spent a lot of money on (and that’s the only reason you are keeping it) try to resell it -but make sure it goes. You likely will never wear that dress if it doesn’t make you feel like a million bucks!
Hopefully these tips are helpful for that (late) spring cleaning. I know I have a lot of work to do!
Xx, Hannah Beth