Now that you have decided what you want your clothing to say about you, let’s dive into the closet with 5 must-ask questions in mind. Over the holidays is usually a great time to re-organize the closet so that you wear the best and donate or sell the rest. The top picture features either a fun garment I have decided to keep, or one I am going to send along its way….the answer is below.
I want to emphasize to take TIME. Do not do this in a hurry. Take it all out….all of it. Then try it all on, stand in front of a full -length mirror and ask these questions:
- Does it meet the messaging you want to speak with your clothing? Always begin with the messaging first. If you chose five adjectives, does it say those adjectives or something completely different. If you are an active, diligent, optimistic person, do not keep a garment that says you are sad or lackadaisical.
- Does it fit? Is it a flattering fit? Do not keep a garment you can hide in…step out and enjoy life. I will be doing more stepping out this year and less hiding…more later.
- Have you worn it in the last year? If not…why? It may just need to enter its own retirement.
- Does it fit your current lifestyle? It is ok to have specialty pieces. I certainly have them. But, you don’t need that many and you need to know if they meet your style messaging and fit and flatter your body shape. Are they worth the space to hold on to for just one or two wears a year.
- Is it aging? Do you honestly think the garment makes you look or feel older than you are or your youthful, vibrant self?
Now, for the clothing that survived these questions, consider how to hang them in such a way that is most effective for you. Some women really like hanging jackets together, pants together, skirts together, blouses together, etc. Pick a system that is the most functional for you.
I came up with my own way a couple of years ago and it really works best for me. I hang my clothes in families. I noticed I was always looking for a particular brand of garment, (where are my Soft Surroundings jeans, etc.) so I now hang my clothing in these groups (the ones I wear the most)
- Soft Surroundings
- Dillards brands: Eileen Fisher, Ming Wang, etc.
- Miscellaneous (thrift finds, other brands, etc.)
The two brands I wear to work most often are in the middle space of my closet. This is the area that I spend the most time in. Others are a little higher up, and miscellaneous Is on the low bar. I keep my shoes in shoe boxes with the shoe type clearly marked on the end of the box and they sit on a shelf.
I need to clean out big time. I have clung to too many garments that have not been worn for a long time. Though it is difficult to send some of them on their merry way, I must. The top brands in top shape will go to consignment and the rest to Goodwill San Antonio. I do store some seasonal garments and will use the new EarthKind Stay Away/Plant based bags to resist moths. (These are in the slideshow below).
The black/sparkly poncho above was originally from Nordstrom and it needs to go to someone else. (If anyone really wants it, the first to tell me they are sending me a mailing label will get it!). I have decided that it does not match my style messages and is not the structured garment look that I desire to move more toward this year. That is why it will either go to one of you, or the consignment shop.
Cleaning out must be done by trying on clothing in front of the mirror and asking the questions above. Sometimes just randomly tossing is not the answer…you might toss and wish later you still had it. Also, there is no reason to hang on to clothes that do not say what you want to say about you! This is Style Goal #2…clean out to have the best wardrobe pieces available that speak to your confidence and personal style.
I am beginning a major purge as you are reading this. The day after New Year’s is now…keep- the -best -and- toss- or- donate- the- rest-day! Have you ever cleaned out by trying on every garment to see if it fits with what you want to say about you? Let’s talk! 2020 Style Goal #3 is tomorrow…don’t miss it!
I have an organizational slideshow below (I really want that scarf hanger)…hope it helps! Several of you emailed your five adjectives yesterday and it was so much fun to read them and hear from you. Tomorrow’s Style Goals post #3 will feature a slideshow for Karen, the first one to respond. Keep them coming, ladies, Happy 2020!