As a continuation of my previous post about wardrobe purging for the season , I wanted to share my system for determining which items go and which ones stay. Over the years based on recommendations from the fashion mags, I’ve tossed pieces that I haven’t worn in a year, only to forget what I’d done and frantically search for something later because it would go perfectly with a recent purchase. It took me a minute to realize that just because I haven’t worn an item in a while doesn’t mean that it should be tossed. It’s easy to get bored with things that get a lot of wear. An item may not see the light of day for a year but instead of tossing it, put it in the back of your closet or pack it up until the appropriate season rolls around again so that you can see it with a fresh set of eyes. Now if you made a purchase a year ago and you’ve never worn it, you may want to bless someone else with it.
As I’ve matured, I’ve found that the clothes I tend to gravitate to the most are things that are chic, easy and comfortable. I use this as a measure for what pieces I choose to keep. The older I’ve gotten, the less structured I like my clothing. I want fabrics that move with my body so that I don’t have to think about what I’m wearing during the day. I like fabrics with just a touch of spandex so that I can comfortably expand a little with that second helping and won’t be a wrinkled mess when I get up from the table. I want pieces without a lot of embellishment so that I can add my own personal stamp with scarves, jewelry and belts. I love black, gray and white because I look good in those colors and they serve as my foundation when I want to add my complimentary accents such as red and fuschia. I want items that can multi-task so that I can go from weekend wear to an evening out with just a change of shoes, jewelry and a handbag. I want to have the option of washing my clothes instead of racking up dry cleaning bills. I want a lot. Do I have some pieces that don’t meet this criteria? Of course I do, but the bulk of my wardrobe reflects what I’ve just described.
Think about what you reach for time and time again. Then think about why you reach for it. Do you feel good about yourself when you wear it? Do you get compliments on the style, cut or color every time you put it on? These are the things to consider when purging your closet. As seasoned women, we are no longer at the whim of the latest trends if they don’t work for us or our lifestyle. Dressing should be fun and easy. When that ceases to be the case, then maybe it’s time to consider a purge.