This image has never been truer.
But why do we think we do not have enough to wear?
Stats don’t lie… well. Almost never, unless you decide to interpret things in a certain manner instead of showing the truth 😉
Almost 50% of women have between $1000 – $5000 worth of clothes in their closet and yet still think they have nothing to wear each day they open their closet.
I am most definitely in the “lucky 9%” reported in the article that have over $10,000 in clothing and accessories.
My outerwear alone total over $6000 which is easily done if two of them are Burberry coats purchased at retail…
We clearly have enough, but yet still feel like we’re stumped when we stare at our closet.
PROBLEM: We own duplicates of the same thing in the same colours
This is probably the most common problem, I’d wager.
We own 10 pairs of black pants, 10 black or grey t-shirts, and then wonder how we ended up with a wardrobe total that makes you feel like Imelda Marcos!
But the problem is obvious, we own the same outfit… essentially, so it never feels like if you wear THIS black shirt with THAT pair of black pants, that it is a different outfit.
It feels like the same outfit.
SOLUTION TO YOUR DUPLICATES PROBLEM
Assess what you own multiples of
To do this, you need to organize the wardrobe into like items and then like colours.
First group all the types of tops together (tanks, t-shirts, long-sleeved, collared)
Second, within each sub-group, group them by colour. I like using the rainbow spectrum as a guide, going from white to red to orange to blue to black.
Stop buying the same things
Make an mental note when you go shopping or get sucked into a store: No more [black] [pants].
PROBLEM: You have too much
Sometimes, it is just a big jumbled mess.
I know right? #FirstWorldProblems.
However when it’s a mess, you feel frustrated in the mornings and feel like there is NOTHING TO WEAR because… you can’t see anything because it is all disorganized, and you just reach into your clean laundry basket and wear the same… outfit… as.. last.. week.
You need to start editing your closet like it is your own Personal Store where everything fits you and looks great.
SOLUTION TO YOUR OVERABUNDANT CLOSET
Here are 6 quick tips on how to clean out your closet in a day and if you need motivation, this is how you get rid of anything in your life.
(My actual closet)
PROBLEM: You don’t see what you own in an organized manner
You don’t even KNOW what you have, so you end up buying a second pair of bright blue trousers because you felt like you were missing that gap in your wardrobe completely.. when in fact you already owned those pants and they were shoved in the back with the tags still on.
SOLUTION TO YOUR DISORGANIZED CLOSET
You need to start seeing what you own in an easy and organized manner so you get the whole picture of everything you own.
You might even rediscover what you have forgotten.
You need to be able to see your items in an organized manner. If you cannot see what you own at one single glance, you will be unable to make an outfit because you may be as visual as I am.
If I see a yellow silk top for instance, I think: I want to wear that colour today.
Then.. BAM! I build an entire outfit around that yellow silk top in a matter of seconds if I am able to see what is there in an organized manner and match a skirt or a pair of pants to it.
PROBLEM: It doesn’t fit, look good, is your current style or is worn out
Sometimes you don’t reach for that blazer because the shoulders are a teensy bit too tight. (True story.)
You don’t feel comfortable in it, so you pass it over each time you need a topper to finish an outfit.
So then… WHY ARE YOU KEEPING IT?!?!?
SOLUTION TO YOUR UNWORN ITEMS
Tailor it if it doesn’t fit. Set everything you need to tailor aside in a box and then review the box again before spending good money on tailoring or fixing it.
If it is not comfortable, get rid of it. You will never wear it if you don’t want to wear it. Y’know what I mean?
Clean it, and pack it aside in a clean, labeled, organized box if you feel like your weight fluctuates and you might wear it again, or if the style is not IN style this season but you may wear it again in a few years or rediscover it.
Toss it if it’s worn out beyond repair. Chub rub on pants, zipper has broken off beyond repair and it is not worth getting it repaired or replaced, etc.
You know exactly why you aren’t wearing each piece. Figure it out & take action.