Anonymous asked: I want to get rid of clothes I never wear and redefine my style, make it more classic, elegant and simple. Do you have any advice?
I think my biggest bit of advice would be to not try and be something/someone you are not! I fully support getting rid of things that you don’t wear and wanting to have a classic and simple style, but I think it’s important to take into account what that definition means to you personally. If you can’t stand to wear dresses, don’t feel as if you need a LBD; there are other suitable options out there that fit to your personality and set of likes. [I have a friend who hates wearing pants, and the only pants I have ever seen her wear are Yoga Pants] You have to be comfortable, both physically and metaphorically, in what you wear; that in its self is very important.
Also, while redefining you style don’t forget to take into account your lifestyles and where you live. At the end of the day your clothes need to fit your lifestyle or else they are just going to sit/hang there unworn. It’s important to have a wardrobe that fits your life, not the other way around.
Personal style is something that can keep evolving over time, and that’s completely fine. I don’t dress the same way as I did seven years ago, or even when I started University. It’s taken me a few years, but I have come to find my style that fits myself, my lifestyle, within the climate that I live, and most importantly what I feel comfortable in and what I like. I’ve found a balance in my style that works well for me.
As for getting rid of clothes, I would say if you haven’t worn it ever: you don’t need it. If you haven’t worn it in 7-8 months and it is something that is not seasonal: you’re likely to never wear it. If it doesn’t fit properly or you don’t feel comfortable in it: you’re never going to wear it. If it is something you do wear and it is in need of repair and can be fix: then get it mended. If it is something so worn out that it looks bad: you don’t need it. If it is something that you like, but it may not fit correctly: try taking it to a tailor to have it altered [granted, not all things can be solved].
With that being said, and I of course haven’t seen your wardrobe, but don’t get rid of everything. Take it all out, and try it ALL on. It’s time-consuming and exhausting [well for me, I despise trying on clothes after a certain point], but it’s the best way. Separate things into four piles: the keeps, donates/sells, mend, and the throw-aways. And be decisive. I once had a design professor who told me “It is the successful designers who can make decisions in under 4 seconds” that you shouldn’t dwell on something, it’s either a yes or no, this or that. As soon as you spend too much time thinking about something your judgment gets cloudy.
After you go through it all, and get rid of stuff it will be 100x easier to see what all you have and what you may need to end up purchasing.
Does that answer your question…? I have been up since 4:30am for work, so my judgment is a bit cloudy! Let me know if you have any other specific questions that I didn’t cover here. Or if there is anything else you’d like to know. Best of Luck! xx.