I have finally taken the plunge and decided to clean out my closet—and by clean I mean seriously consider burning everything and start from scratch. In all honesty, I still have not figured out my style or the look I want to portray to people every day of my life. I have never been the kind of person who can uphold one certain style and considering that I work an office job, at least a quarter of my wardrobe has to cater to that.
All of a sudden (maybe because it’s the New Year, maybe it’s some sort of divine intervention) I had the urge to perform a complete cleanse of all my clothes and finally decide on those that are worth staying. I have a bad habit of holding onto things with sentimental value, even though I never wear them and they take up more room than necessary. I had also gotten to the point where I felt like I had nothing to wear, even though my closet door seemed to be busting off the hinges and the dresser drawers could barely close. It’s almost like too many options leaves me dumbfounded and unable to make an actual decision.
And so, the purge began. I decided the best goal to reach for was only holding on to things I have worn in the past year, including any undergarments. If I feel like I can wear everything I own, then I’ll actually want to wear it (or I just wont have a choice). This means that basics are key. I had too many crazy, seasonal and trendy pieces that won’t stand the test of time; solid colours or basic stripes and flattering shapes are better. That’s not to say no to bold colours or patterns. I love colour, almost too much sometimes, and so I find that the best way for me to wear it is sparingly, either on a shirt, a cardigan or even just a bold lip.
At this moment, I have gotten through most of my clothes and feel confident that I’ve made the right decision getting rid of the rest. But, just to be safe, I will be holding on to the discarded clothes in my basement for a few weeks to ensure that I won’t actually ever want to wear something in that bag. If I do, I’ll take it out and reconsider.
Any tips and tricks for a wardrobe cleanse?