This post is part of the series wardrobe rehab
Other posts in this series:
- wardrobe rehab · part one | downsizing4 min read (Current)
- wardrobe rehab · part two | defining your style
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So, this will probably be a long post, but it’s only because this year I realized how important it is to find your style, clean out your closet, and fill it with clothes you will actually wear. In fact, before 2019, I had 2.5 closets (yes, you read that correctly — 2.5 closets) full of clothes. Some, well most, of the clothes I had never worn, had tags, or were not my style, whatsoever. And even though I had a lot of closets + a ton of clothes, I still always had trouble finding clothes that I wanted to wear —
And because of this, I got into this really bad habit of wearing leggings + tees all of the time. All. of. the .time. It got so bad to the point where I wore leggings on a date and defended my outfit as being “classy” because I had put on a cardigan and wore my Uggs *sighs and looks ashamed*
But, let me redeem myself! They say that the first step to getting better is to admit that you have a problem. So, that’s just what I did right when 2019 hit!
However, (in my defense again 😜) finding and defining your style is actually a lot easier said than done. In fact, if it wasn’t for the ULTIMATE personal style workbook that I made, I don’t think I would have ever finished what I started. Because let’s face it — a lot of us go into stores and if we see something that’s cute, we get it, even if it isn’t necessarily our style. Well, we assume it is because it’s cute and looks good on the model or mannequin, but we have no clue if it’s actually what we want. That said, chances of us wearing this item every day is most likely not going to happen, though if it does — good!
Because it’s time-consuming and requires lots of effort, I made this into a 5 part series!
So, without further ado…
take every single piece of clothing out of your closet, dressers, and drawers
This is the time that having a messy floor consisting of every item in your closet and dresser is acceptable! All of your shoes, handbags + purses, jewelry, scarves, and belts — take those all out, too! Put them in “organized” piles/sections, so that you know where everything is and all of what you own. Also, this step can become a little hectic, considering clothes and shoes are all over your room. So, to help you keep things organized —
piece by piece, try each and every article of clothing on
This step will allow for you to try on all of your clothes in front of a floor length mirror or an over-the-door mirror and decide what you either a) want to keep b) give away c) sell or d) throw away. If you’re anything like me, you will find so many shirts, dresses, etc., that you never knew you had, much less knew existed. I also highly suggest selling clothes on Poshmark!
ask yourself, while you try things on, the critical questions needed
So, this step is probably the most important step, as it allows you to figure out what you want to keep and what you want to donate or sell. This step can also be somewhat tricky, because we oftentimes convince ourselves that we will wear that certain piece at some point in time or that we don’t want to risk giving it away and then wanting it when the perfect outfit or event calls for it. So, to make sure you stay on track and are honest with yourself, I created yet another little printable to help guide you through the questions necessary to determine whether or not you’ll keep or throw away each and every piece you try on!
Now that you’ve figured out what you are keeping and what you are giving away/selling, separate the clothes into two piles, once again. Take note of what you are keeping and sell/give away the pile of clothes that you no longer want.
Now that you’ve successfully completed step one, hopefully, you’re as happy as Marie Kondo is! And if not, Step Two is more fun. I promise 😘
Can’t wait till next Friday to bring you ladies Step Two! It’s going to be well worth the wait! Thanks for reading and love to you all.
Continue reading this series:
wardrobe rehab · part two | defining your style