Why we hang on to clothes which were in fashion
Fashion changes but that does not seem to make decluttering your wardrobe any easier. One of the problems is that many of the clothes that sit gathering dust and space in our wardrobe we have an emotional attachment to.
This emotional attachment can take many different forms. Here are some of the symptoms along with some simple solutions to helping you work out what needs to go and what you should hang on to.
Secretly you no longer like it
Just because you loved an item of clothing once does not mean that you have to love it forever. Fashion changes from year to year.
It really is OK to throw an item of clothing if you don’t like it any longer or it isn’t in fashion.
Everyone’s idea of fashion is different. By removing it from your wardrobe and donating it to the charity shop that much loved item of clothing may well find someone else who will love and enjoy wearing it just as much as you.
This is win win. You have made a donation in kind to charity, made room in your wardrobe for a new item of clothing and been generous enough to share the item of clothing you loved with someone else.
Wear it a different way
If you really do still love this item of clothing, and can’t bear to be parted from it, then commit to finding a way that you can enjoy wearing it once again by teaming it with different accessories.
It is amazing how adding the latest in shoes, tops or a different style of jacket can change the look and feel of an outfit instantly and bring it right back up to date with this season’s latest fashion trends. John Lewis is a good place to start at looking how you can update an outfit. For example a denim jacket with even quite a formal summer dress will change the look instantly.
It might come back into fashion one day
Keeping things because they might come back into fashion generally does not work. Fashions change in subtle ways, so even if your ancient flares still fit you the likelihood is that neither you or your daughter will wear them apart from to a fancy dress party.
It does not fit
Now of course you may have put on weight, or your body shape has changed in some way. However it is also possible that the item has shrunk when it was being washed or cleaned. Let yourself off the hook when things don’t fit anymore, there maybe lots of reasons that are not your fault that it does not fit. Dismiss it from your wardrobe and go and find something that fits and you feel good in.
You no longer enjoy wearing it
This maybe because it does not project the image that reflects your lifestyle, or it maybe because you just can not bear to part with it. But if you haven’t worn the garment for a year then the chances are that you are probably not going to wear it again. Donate it or throw it out.
It no longer fits into your lifestyle
OK so you have given up the corporate job and there is a wardrobe full of designer suits sitting in your wardrobe. Now let’s be honest, the chances are if more than a year has gone by and you do return to your corporate world and wardrobe, you won’t feel you are projecting the right fashion image with your old designer suits anyway. Better to sell them on Preloved UK or donate them to charity and start afresh with a new wardrobe if needs be.
Similarly if you’re returning to work you need to switch your wardrobe to “work” clothes rather than around the house clothes.
It is uncomfortable
If clothes or shoes are uncomfortable then they need to be thrown out. Shoes in particular that leave you in agony with red raw ankles or blisters on your toes are no laughing matter. Remember any item of clothing that itches or pinches, or is generally uncomfortable throw it out or give it to a charity shop.
It cost so much money
I bought it, I haven’t worn it and it is not really me – but you still cannot throw it out. This may mean that you feeling guilty that you are throwing something away that equates to your hard-earned cash unworn. Sell it on Preloved UK, donate it to a charity shop and feel good about donating something that is so new and or /expensive to charity.
When you are buying something new think:
- when will you wear it.
- what will you wear it with
- does it fit,
- does it crease
- what are the cleaning instructions
Final fashion decluttering tip
When you bring your new item of clothing home adopt the one new item in one old / unworn item out rule. This should take quite a lot of time and pain out of mass decluttering of your wardrobe in the future.
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