The first (and most difficult) step to your leaner, curated wardrobe is to edit it. I actually enjoy this step immensely. There is nothing quite so satisfying when at the end you’re left with a collection of clothing, hanging in your closet, folded on your shelves, that is one-thousand percent you. To help you start one of the most difficult steps, below is a more detailed guide to a successful wardrobe edit:
- Clear a weekend morning or afternoon, put on your favorite music, brew some coffee and pull all your clothes (yes, that means everything!) out of your closet and sort them by category (dresses, tops, pants, skirts, etc.)
- Try everything on in front of a full length mirror. Try them in an order the will ease the process (example: tops, jackets, skirts, dresses, shorts, pants) . While trying your clothing on, make sure that what ever else you are wearing is neutral and flattering.
- Make different piles for the already tried on items. Clothes to keep, clothes to sell, clothes to giveaway and clothes the need repair.
- Be ruthless. Ask yourself these things: Is the item beyond repair? Have you worn it in the last year? Is the item out of date? Does it fit your overall style concept? Can you think of more than one outfit you can create with the item? Is it comfortable and flattering? Does it make you feel attractive, and 100% yourself? Do you love it?
Follow the same guidelines for your shoes, accessories and undergarments. Only keep what you wear and what is in good condition. Undergarments should be comfortable, intact and (of course) pretty.
Most the time you’ll find that if you haven’t worn an item in the last six months (taking into account the weather) you probably don’t actually like it that much, and wont wear it again. The goal of a perfect wardrobe is to own pieces of clothing the you pull out again and again, that you love, and that you feel yourself in. If you try on something, look in the mirror and don’t feel attractive in it (wrong fit, color, material) then don’t keep it! Even the pieces you still love but are no longer flattering/ no longer your style. I can’t tell you the amount of times I forced myself to face the facts and part with a piece because it wasn’t me anymore. It’s incredibly hard to do, but I have never regretted it. I allow myself a few sentimental pieces (like my mothers caramel suede pencil skirt from the 70’s, and the t-shirt I was wearing when I met my husband). Keep a critical eye and your goal in mind and the results will be well worth it. I often suggest to maybe repeat the cull a week or two later- that way you’ll be sure to clean everything out and not make sentimental choices to keep pieces.
Once you’re done, you’ll be left with a smaller pile of clothing that are in good shape, fit well and make you feel great. Then pat yourself on the back because you have successfully completed on of the harder steps and are well on your way to your perfectly curated wardrobe.
Source: Wide eyed legless