As a minimalist, one thing I’m asked all the time is “what should I do with clothes that no longer fit?”—and as a mother of two, I know the struggle is real.
My body has gone through a lot of changes over the past few years and I’ve had to make hard decisions about my clothes too.
Do you let go to create space? Or do you hang on … just in case you fit into them again later?
You want to simplify your closet but at the same time, you want to make smart choices. You don’t want to get rid of something only to buy it again a few months later, right?
Instead of purchasing something specifically for certain events, try to have a few dressier pieces in your wardrobe that are more versatile. If you go for something simple and more classic, rather than trend-led, you’ll be able to wear it again and again. Accessorized cleverly, it will never feel like the same look.
Don’t buy or keep something that doesn’t fit
It’s not uncommon to hold on to items that no longer fit you in the hope that they will again one day. It’s also not uncommon to buy something in a size too small as an incentive to lose weight or because it’s in the sale and they don’t have your usual size. However, holding on to these items – that you can’t physically wear – is one of the worst things you can do if you’re trying to reduce the size of your wardrobe. Be realistic and honest with yourself. If it doesn’t fit you, it’s time to sell or donate it.
If you struggle with questions like these, I invite you to join me for a free, 3-part training series on Closet Decluttering: What To Do With Clothes You No Longer Fit.
I’ll teach you how to make smart, practical decisions that help you achieve the simplicity you want—without ignoring reality. (I know that you’re not made out of money and neither am I. Simple things matter
HERE SOME TIPS
Don’t buy something just because it’s a bargain
Make some tough decisions
Nobody likes throwing things away. To part with a piece of clothing sometimes means letting go of memories, which can be really tough to do. However, there’s no need to hold on to everything you’ve ever loved, especially if it’s something you haven’t worn for decades. If you really can’t bear to part with something, put it on trial and see how many times you wear it in the next six months. If it doesn’t see an outing, it’s officially time for it to go.
Create a uniform
One of the big misconceptions about being stylish is that you should never buy something similar to what you already own. Of course, nobody aims to have an entire wardrobe consisting only of 15 navy blue jumpers and 10 identical pairs of black skinny jeans. However, don’t be afraid to make the most of the knowledge of what suits you. All of the most stylish women in the world have their own uniform – they keep it simple, they know what they look good in and they stick to this formula when they’re choosing new pieces. when I travel is super simple and creative.
Know your wardrobe inside out
It sounds obvious, but it’s easy to forget what’s sitting in our wardrobes – and, for many of us, there will be great pieces hidden away that haven’t seen the light of day for years, or that will have been forgotten about during lockdown. So, before you go ahead and buy something new, make sure that you have a very clear idea of what is in your wardrobe already. If you have a clear-out and declutter, you will know what’s in there and this will prevent you from accidentally buy things you don’t need.
Invest in what you already own
So many of us are guilty of throwing pieces away as soon as they are damaged, but just because something is a little worn does not mean it needs to be discarded. Invest in the pieces that you already have in your wardrobe by knowing where to get things fixed in your local area, from a great seamstress to shoe and handbag restoration companies. It is worth spending a little bit of money to get things fixed rather than re-buying the same thing time and time again.
Embrace rental fashion
Thanks to a growth in awareness about sustainability, it has never been easier to rent clothes, with huge growth in the number of fashion-rental companies available. Renting instead of buying is a great way of getting yourself a more stylish wardrobe for a number of reasons. Firstly, you can frequently feel that you are wearing something new, which is great for those special occasions, like weddings or parties, where you may previously have bought a one-occasion outfit. Another advantage is that you can be a little more adventurous with what you try – you may step out of your style comfort zone and find great piece MOs that would have been too afraid to buy.
BE THE CHANGE,