I am pretty good about cleaning out my closet seasonally. I love to have a little extra space and breathing room for my clothes. It’s refreshing to see things after they are reorganized, freshly folded, and edited. Suddenly, things looks wearable again, like when I first purchased them.
I attacked the task today and for some reason, I was ruthless in my purge. Didn’t even think twice about some things that previously I was so hesitant on. I think part of the ease in saying farewell to many once loved items was acknowledging they no longer fit my lifestyle or age. I’ve come to terms.
Gone are spaghetti straps, ruffles and dresses that are too short. They can look great on others my age, but not on me. I’ve never been much of a girlie dresser anyway…which leads me to…
Boy clothes – I’ve accepted that at my 5’9″ frame, shrunken jackets look ridiculous on me. They make me feel like a giant trying to squeeze in children’s clothing. And boyfriend jeans…I can’t master the look. Chic on others but I feel frumpy. They are too much work to pull off successfully.
When I took inventory of my jeans, I realized a problem. I had way too many. I felt like a hoarder. Besides, I literally rotate through my favorites…and there are still plenty. Whiskers, no more. Low riders, nope. Colors I have no business wearing, (really, pink?) tossed in the pile. I kept slim and straight pairs in several washes and colors, a favorite trouser silhouette with a high waist, and a couple of boot cuts. Overall, AG Jeans turn out to be the keepers for me and I’ll keep that in mind if I ever need to buy another pair…not for awhile.
Silk blouses took a hit too. I’m frustrated with those solid silks that get one wear and are mysteriously stained with a dot of oil or something. Too high maintenance.
What I’m left with is a closet full of clothes I really like and will wear. I can see where I need to add things and fill in the blanks. I also see a category of repeat purchases. No matter how luscious, I DO NOT need another grey sweater.
I have a fresh perspective and am carefully reworking my fall wish list to things that will add beauty, style and interest to my existing wardrobe. It’s a work in progress.