Last week, I was having breakfast with friend and fellow blogger Annie Elliot of bossy color, and she gave me a nicely delivered piece of clothing advice. (As I recall, I sort of forced it out of her when I thought I detected something on her mind about my outfit.) The advice was 100% on target and here's the kicker: I already sorta kinda knew what she was talking about and that she was completely, utterly right!
My point is that it took someone else to tell me the cold, hard truth. Even when I knew it myself already. Even when what I do for a living is tell people how to look better.
It brought home to me the huge value in having another set of eyes — your best friend, your husband or partner, or a professional — because we are so judgmental about ourselves and usually see ourselves as much more flawed than we actually are; but the flip side of that truth is that we sometimes fail to see what's right before our eyes.
I am now so tempted to ditch all the clothes in my closet that don't fulfill the criteria Annie suggested to me. I haven't yet (I admit it: It's because I'm afraid I'll be left with just two things to wear!). But I swear I'm going to, at my earliest opportunity. I would hate to be my own worst client!
And I encourage you, dear reader, to do the same. Be ruthless. If you have the nagging suspicion that something doesn't quite work, trust me: It probably doesn't! Find it a new home (more about that in a post next week). Wear to death the things in your closet that work. And when you do find what works, stick to it and repeat the formula in future purchases. These are my core principles, and I hope you'll adopt them.