With the inception of every season, I challenge myself to evaluate everything I own in my wardrobe and question whether or not it is a keeper. I analyze my best coats all the way down to my tees so I know what my inventory looks like. I think it’s so important for everyone to periodically go through this exercise to ensure you’re not wasting your hard-earned dollars on pieces you don’t really wear. Not only does it force you to get organized for the season ahead, but it allows you to determine what you need in order to build the most optimal wardrobe. Now that spring 2019 is officially upon us, I wanted to share my process for assessing my wardrobe and ultimately deciding what clothes to keep and what to get rid of.
Frequency of Wear
The number one thing I consider when going through my closet is the frequency of wear. If I find myself wearing something multiple times a month, I know I can confidently keep it in my arsenal because it will continue to be used. However, if I come across an old dress or pair of jeans in which I can’t recall the last time I wore it, that’s usually a sign that it’s time to let it go. Typically, this is the case for trendy tops and dresses that are no longer relevant. If you haven’t really touched something in the last few months, chances are you probably won’t wear it anytime soon.
Fit is a crucial factor in deciding what clothes to keep or get rid of. Our bodies can change and clothes that fit 5 years ago may not fit today. If that’s the case, it’s probably best to get rid of it. The other option is to get it tailored so that it becomes a wearable piece in your wardrobe. The worst thing you can do for yourself is hold onto clothes that don’t flatter your body. Use this time to free up some space and donate or sell it.
Multiples of an Item
I’ll be the first to admit that I am sometimes guilty of collecting multiples of similar looking pieces. I have a weakness for basic tees, jeans, and blazers of all price points. At this point in my life, my personal style is pretty consistent and I find myself selecting items of the same aesthetic over and over again. Cleaning my closet forces me to really think about just how many versions of that camel coat or chunky sweater I actually need. Typically 2-3 high-quality versions of one style is sufficient and you probably won’t wear the extras as much.
It is also important to inspect the quality of each article of clothing. Sometimes a piece in your wardrobe is so loved, it starts to look a little tattered at the seams. Or perhaps you have a t-shirt with a pesky wine stain that just won’t come off no matter how many times you wash it. If this is the case, it might be time to say goodbye to it!
The pieces I always have the hardest time parting with are designer goods. Sometimes, it’s not such a bad idea to hold onto a designer piece that could potentially increase in value later on. The beauty of buying luxury brands is that many of the goods actually retain their value, especially handbags. Otherwise, if you really feel that you’re not making good use of an old designer garment or accessory, your best bet is to sell it.
Level of Adoration
Lastly, the only clothing you should really keep are the ones you absolutely love. Fashion is a major part of life and I put a lot of sentimental value into all my clothing. That being said, if I come across something I don’t feel particularly strongly about – or if it doesn’t fit my style any longer, I’ll add it to the toss pile. No matter what, getting dressed is a part of our daily routine so there really isn’t a point in keeping clothes that doesn’t make you happy or excited.
Keeping the above in mind when you tackle your wardrobe should help you organize and clear out space. There is nothing quite like starting the season off with a clean, fresh slate. For gently used clothing and accessories you no longer need, consider donating them to a local shelter or thrift store so they can continue to live on in someone else’s closet.