I’ve seen a lot of closets that look like this.
And it’s no wonder their owner has a hard time managing her image. She can’t find things that she knows are in there. She can’t find the stuff that doesn’t belong in there any more.
This is the time to be doing a thorough editing of your wardrobe if you live in North America.
Even if the weather doesn’t get cold where you live for a few more months, in a week or two, the very lightweight fabrics and light colors won’t look right.
Schedule an hour or two with yourself over the next few weeks to try on every piece of clothing in your closet and ask yourself these three questions.
- Does it make me feel fabulous? It should. You deserve nothing less.
- Does it look good on me? It should. It should fit you and be in a color that looks great on you — that brings light, youthfulness, and energy to your face.
- Did I get it in the past two years? If not, are you quite sure it is not looking either damaged, worn, or dated? This is the time to take a close second look to be sure.
If your time is limited (and whose isn’t?!), start with the pieces you are least interested in wearing. Chances are good that they fail one of the three tests. If it does, put it in a big bag and get it out of your closet, room, house—the sooner the better. Only the best clothes should go to a consignment store; try Reddz
, which just opened a second location, in Georgetown.
Go ahead. You have nothing to lose, except clothes you probably weren’t wearing any more anyway. And plenty to gain. Then head on over to my Facebook
page and let me know how many pieces you’re parting with, so I can enjoy the experience vicariously.
And of course, if you’d like a second pair of eyes during this process, I’m here to help.
(Ketura Persellin is a personal stylist, image consultant, writer, and public speaker in Washington, DC, and surrounding suburbs.)