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.

REGRETS

Pamela Lutrell in polka dot coat on over 50 feeling 40

 

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

Pamela Lutrell in Boxy Jacket on Over 50 Feeling 40

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.

Pamela Lutrell on closet purge on Over 50 Feeling 40

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…..

KEEP SMILING!!

UPDATE:  For everyone who said that the comment section is not easy to read on different devices, I have my web designer looking into this.  Hopefully, I will have a fix soon!

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By Pamela Lutrell

 

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