I really try to answer when a reader requests a topic. So today, I am answering how to avoid having regrets after a closet purge.
You can search the topic and find plenty of websites with formulas, but I thought it might be best to share with you my experiences.
I think I will do this in two posts…today, I will begin with some of the items I tossed and why…on Friday, I will share some of the items I kept and why.
Let’s start with my biggest regret so far. The coat pictured above. I purchased It years ago at Stein Mart and I have always loved it…yes, loved it! So why would I toss it?
I was thinking, “I have worn it to many events around town….it is memorable…events for work will now be fewer than they were.” So I kissed it goodbye and regret that I did.
LESSON #1: IF YOU LOVE IT, KEEP IT! YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU MIGHT NEED A BOOST OF CONFIDENCE FROM A GARMENT THAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE!
NOT MISSING THESE
This plaid jacket is a great jacket…but I decided to let it go because I had three plaid jackets…all black & white patterns.
This one had a boxy print and the design is not as stylish as the other two. So I sent it on it’s way.
LESSON #2: MAKE SURE WHAT YOU KEEP HAS A FLATTERING FIT, AND IS NOT DUPLICATED IN YOUR CLOSET.
I did wear this jacket to work several times. But, for some reason, I have not loved it and was fine with letting it go. Believe it or not, it is a heavy jacket not really good for warm weather.
LESSON #3: IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT AND KNOW YOU WON’T WEAR IT, THEN DON’T KEEP IT.
Pictured here with my daughter, I wore this entire outfit often. I did keep the paper-mache necklace!
The pants had become a little stretched out and did not fit well, and the top really made me look larger than I am.
Though I wore it often, I have not missed it at all.
LESSON #4: MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IN YOUR CLOSET FITS YOU WELL AND IS FLATTERING TO YOUR SHAPE.
You may be looking at this picture and thinking what I am thinking…Why did she wear this at all???
I actually had this tunic in three colors, and when I was larger than I am now, I wore them mostly as toppers. You can see…it was time to send them on their way!
LESSON #5: DON’T KEEP CLOTHES THAT FIT A PAST VERSION OF YOUR BODY…KEEP WHAT FITS NOW.
When I saw these shoes at Marshalls, I thought they were so cute and comfy.
But, when I began to style them at home, I often was not happy with how the straps cut off my leg length. The proportions looked funny.
I wore them a couple of times with faux leather leggings, but decided I did not wear them enough to keep.
LESSON #6: PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION IN FRONT OF A FULL LENGTH MIRROR TO HOW AN OUTFIT LOOKS. IF IT IS NOT YOUR BEST MOST FLATTERING STYLE, THEN SAY GOODBYE!
I hope this is helping. Tomorrow I will share a few of the pieces I kept and explain why. Leaving the professional office world has been such a learning experience…especially for my wardrobe!
Thoughts anyone? Please share and always…..
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By Pamela Lutrell