I have nothing to wear!
I hear it all the time. Very often from women who have a closet (or closets) packed full of great clothes. A 2014 study showed that the average woman owns $500 worth
of unworn clothing! Let's find those unworn pieces and put them to work...
I have yet to see a woman who didn’t already have a solid wardrobe hanging in her closet. Usually, there are many pieces still sporting the price tags. After we remove
what really isn't working, what’s left is the beginning of a lovely, functional wardrobe.
Many of my clients struggle with a very simple problem.
Too many clothes!
They have entirely too many options and that leaves them paralyzed when trying to get dressed. Then…they reach for the same safe, simple, easy outfit over and over again. Boredom sets in. A rut forms. And they head back to the stores in search of more clothing.
Stop! Don't shop yet...
Let’s start in your closet… here are two painless ways I help my clients discover what to keep and what to toss. If you’re ready to try, pick one. Commit to at least a week…though a month is preferable (a whole season is even better) as it will provide a more complete study of what you are really wearing.
1. Turn the hangers
I do this experiment in my own closet and with clients. It’s ridiculously simple and you’ve probably heard about it before now. Turn all of the hangers in your closet so that the hook of the hanger faces you…backwards, if you will. (See the first photo above)
After you wear a garment, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the proper way…away from you. (See the second photo above)
This trick allows you to see what you actually wear. In our minds, we often think we utilize more of our wardrobes than we really do. I know you have good intentions of wearing all of the pieces hanging there… but are you truly putting them on?
2. Wear the unworn
This method begins with you locating the pieces in your closet that you are passing over on a regular basis.
You know, the clothing that you flip past every day because it’s just not the right day to wear it. That changes now.
Move those lonely pieces to one part of your closet or tag them somehow so you can find them easily.
For the next week or month or season…build those items into your outfits. Force yourself to utilize those benchwarmers. You will quickly learn something about each piece. Some pieces will make your outfits better. You'll wonder why you haven’t been wearing them. Others offer loud and clear reasons why they aren’t getting any play...
too tight, itchy, too short, the color washes you out, etc. And a select few will need a little attention before they can be considered keepers...possibly some tailoring or the purchase of a finishing/coordinating piece.
after you have given everything in your closet a fighting chance, it's time to remove what doesn't work! It's time to let go of the pieces you will never wear again. Try not to play the..."but I might wear this someday" game. It's a trap. You'll be right back where you started...with a closet full of clothing that you don't wear.
Divide up the items that won't be living in your closet anymore. Physically move them out of your closet so that you won't be tempted to reconsider.
Trash = stained, torn, really old and worn.
Donate/Give Away = still in decent shape, but not good enough to sell. Take these things to Goodwill or give them to someone in need.
Treasures = only for the truly treasured pieces; your grandfather's Irish knit sweater,
a t-shirt from a special concert or race...put these in a box and store the box anywhere but your closet.
Sell = Much of what comes out of my clients' closets can be sold. If you have one close, try Buffalo Exchange or your local consignment shop. Or...see below for two amazing online options that don't require you to leave your house!
This was the first online resale service I tried. It's super simple. I made $83 on my first bag of clothing sold.
I just filled my first bag. Haven't mailed it back yet. Huge bonus: thredup also buys baby and kids clothing!
Good luck with wearing your benchwarmers. I'd love to hear what you discover.
I know it's daunting to face a full closet that's
in serious need of a cleanse.
I know it can be overwhelming to try and
build an authentic wardrobe.
I promise to keep sharing methods that will make it all a bit easier. With that in mind, I'm working on a three-day style project. Stay tuned...
Thank you so much for reading.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,