What a day! Hours of intensive closet cleaning have wiped me out! Y spent the morning here sifting through more and more racks of clothing. This time we tackled the tops and the bottoms (skirts, pants, jeans, shorts, etc.). I will go through these items in more detail later, but Yvonne’s colorful remarks ranged from: “The only place I would wear this is to bike week, and you just missed it!” (referring to a deep red Bette Paige sleeveless sweater with insets) and “Do you ever go jogging at night?” about an electric fuchsia warm-up suit. I’ll go into more detail, and post pictures, tomorrow, but for now, I’d like to share a few of the things that I’ve learned:
1. Just because something fits you, that doesn’t mean it “fits” you. There were several items that I tossed merely because they no longer fit my lifestyle, and others that I had to admit were no longer age-appropriate!
2. Break up your “outfits”: I have always been a fan of “outfits”, usually skirt-and-top combos, that come fully assembled for me. Maybe it’s because my mother always taught me never to leave the mall without finding a match for the item you just bought. But when you hang all of these matchy-matchy outfits together, you risk missing the potential of the items as separates, and their infinite, wardrobe-expanding possibilities. Hidden behind tops that were no longer working for me were a beautiful basic black jersey skirt, a simple heather grey jersey skirt, and a striped yellow and gray and brown jersey skirt.
3. Know your style: This is an obvious one, but it bears repeating, because the biggest (and often the most expensive) wardrobe mistakes I made occurred when I tried to be someone I wasn’t, when I chose something too classic or too simple. Y described my style as funky, and I would add “feminine.” Keeping those key words in mind will really help when I am shopping. If it doesn’t feel like me, then it doesnt’ belong in my closet!