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How To Get Out of the Closet Rut

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I tend to do a lot of shopping when the seasons change. This is when things get out of control: I attack malls, one store after another, trying to find that perfect outfit, that one top that will change me forever. Months later, when fall turns into winter, I re-evaluate my wardrobe, ultimately ending up with donation bags stuffed with outfits that were supposed to be impeccable.

Spring of 2012 started with no exception. Last Saturday I methodically examined my current tops and skirts, shoes and handbags. The conclusion, that I achieved after this thorough evaluation, was gloomy.

Ever had that mundane and nagging feeling that you have absolutely nothing to wear even though you have plenty?

I am a strong believer that material things do not define us. However, I have to admit that I do like to define myself with clothes. I call it “styling up.”

Although I love shopping and if I could I would live in a mall, I am a reasonable person who understands that I don’t need to update my closet every season. I have plenty to work with as it is. I can try to retrain myself to spend and consume intelligibly. Right? RIGHT?

My Retraining Course 

De-clutter (again)

Every season I go through my clothes and shoes, and weed out everything that I did not wear for a long time. I put everything in two piles:

WTF was I thinking pile


I am such a fashionista pile.

This time around, when I was done with cleaning, organizing and re-arranging my clothes, I was able to see clearly what I have and what was overlooked and forgotten.

From there I moved on to…

Creating My Work Uniform

No, not a girl scout uniform, but something that is my staple, something that I wear most of the time, something that makes me feel comfortable and stylish. We all have those outfits. We just need to find them in our closets

At this point I was ready to…

Go Back To Basics

Basics are classy. Basics are elegant. Most importantly, basics are simple. My basics are pencil skirts and nice-fitting black or dark grey slacks.

However, I have to admit that basics can be boring. That’s why I should re-train myself to…

Read Fashion Magazines Intelligibly

I don’t know about you, but fashion magazines compel me to spend. I flip through glossy pages, and a familiar craving for novelty, trendy clothes, and bright colors builds up inside me. For a very long time I could not resist it.

However, I decided that if I want to claim myself to be an intelligent consumer, I should read between the lines, and not take anything too seriously.

Now I am trying to look at any fashion magazines (Pinterest as well) as a teaching tool, a showcase on how to experiment with what I already have in my closet. I am determined to try different pairings of my clothes each week. I am going to fold. I am going to layer. I am going to create!

What do you do to get out of your closet rut?

Comments (15)

  • Anything that hasn’t been worn in a year goes to good will. That is how the closet stays uncluttered.

  • I’m trying to go through my closet and sell stuff I don’t wear, and also buy better quality items.

    • I never tried to sell any of my clothes. Some of my friends do suggest me I try putting them on Ebay. It feels good donating though.

  • I go through my closet and organize/clean it, because usually I throw stuff back in there and it turns into a huge mess! I take out clothes that I am unsure of or that I never wear, and toss them in a pile. I organize stuff by type – long sleeve, tank tops, short sleeve, formal, informal, jeans, shorts, workout, etc. At that point I do another sweep of donation/sell pile.

  • I am, for the first time in quite some time, very happy with my wardrobe. Obviously, there are always things that I want (lol), but lately I’ve not looked in my closet and though that I don’t have anything to wear. So that’s progress.

    • I feel jealous. I wonder if I ever will be completely happy with mine. There is always something I want.

  • My “I am such a fashionista” pile would have absolutely nothing in it! My piles would be “too ugly” “workout clothes ARE work clothes” and “not sure where I’d wear this but I’m keeping it”

    • My friend is a personal trainer. His work wardrobe is his working out clothes. I call it a uniform. 🙂

  • What’s up with the WTF pile? I don’t have one of those anymore, but my last closet clean-out had a bunch of items that never got worn…and I don’t even know why they were purchased. I’ve started being more creative with my clothes as well, because I’ve had to! For example, I have a maternity top that’s really cute. Instead of thinking about it in the way that I used to; ew, I can’t wear maternity unless I’m PREGNANT! I now think about it as such; this top is super cute if I cinch the waist and put leggings under. Adorbs! I just wore it last week and no one in their right mind would have thought I was pregnant or wearing a maternity top…unless of course they owned the shirt themselves! And even then, they’re just jealous they didn’t think of it! 😉

    • Creativity is good. I need to be more creative actually. Sometimes I feel I am missing something in my style. Oh well… It is always something that I don’t like, and it gives me an excuse to go shopping.
      WTF pile goes to donations. I don’t store anything I didn’t wear for a looong time.

  • I have some friends that have a hard time coming out of the closet. I have a hard time going in.

  • I’m still in the process of working off a few extra winter pounds. But in a couple weeks, I’m looking forward to updating my spring wardrobe. I didn’t buy many new items for myself last year around this time. I think I’ll focus my energies on shoes and accessories. I also plan on checking out Pinterest for some outfit ideas.

    • I am torn apart: I want to update my wardrobe but I don’t really need it. So I am between my wants and needs. 🙂

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