Less stuff means more happiness, and the start of the new year is the perfect time to get a fresh start on your wardrobe.
A core question I ask all of my Private Styling Clients before we start shopping their closet… “What are the items in here that I need to ignore because you need to get rid of it?”
From the unnecessary items you’ve stockpiled over the years (yes, I’m talking to you- college t-shirts, flannel pajamas from high school, and those jeans you SWEAR you’ll get back in to) to the trendy items that have seen their heyday, (hmmm… Madonna lace gloves and neon? Probably NOT coming back) here are 16 things that you need to get rid of in 2016.
16. RETRO 1970’S DISCO-CHIC The 1970’s had their time… and that was over four decades ago. Outside of the fabulous fringe trend that happened this past fall, I’d like to see an end to the retro 70’s disco aesthetic. Usually, ladies just overdo it. Bangles, flares, fringe, on and on… but in this case less is more.
15. EXPENSIVE CLOTHES YOU DON’T LOVE Just because it cost an arm and a leg, doesn’t mean it looks good. The one item that I would absolutely love to get rid of is that enormously expensive pair of stilettos that I can’t even get on my feet anymore… much less walk across any room.
14. ‘ONLY WHEN’ CLOTHING ‘Only when’ clothing includes those skinny jeans that will fit you only when you lose 10 pounds, that blue leather shirt that would make a great Halloween costume, or that sweater, which would look really great if you were pregnant.
13. JEWELRY THAT DOESN’T SUIT YOUR PERSONALITY I know the tiny, dainty jewelry trend has been big for a while. I just can’t. I’m already petite in stature. If I don’t wear one piece of statement jewelry, I feel like I disappear in the sea of people. Another jewelry trend I don’t do is huge earrings. Don’t care how “hot” the chandelier trend becomes, I physically feel my earlobes stretching just thinking about them.
12. BIG TRENDY PATTERNS Jumping on a bold pattern trend more than once can make them layer up in an unflattering way. In recent years, we’ve seen ikat, houndstooth, ombres, geometrics, and so on. It’s time to curate, cleanse, and tailor your closet. Purge those impulsively trendy purchases and keep what best defines, compliments, and makes you happy.
11. SHOES YOU DON’T WEAR Those cowboy boots looked so amazing in the store window. Now, it seems you’re missing a hat and horse. Or, what about those shoes with a worn out heel? If you haven’t worn them in a year or fixing them up isn’t worth the extra dollars, donate them to a thrift store.
10. OUTDATED FASHION MAGAZINES They take up a tremendous amount of space, and unless they are well-read favorites or bound in beautiful covers, magazines occupy a lot of otherwise useful space. Take your stash to a used bookseller and find a better use for all that newfound shelving. I’m a self professed magazine hoarder because nothing brings me more joy than sitting down with a big heap of my favorite magazines. This time of year, take the opportunity to clear the piles and make room for a fresh onslaught. Arm yourself with your iPhone; go through the stacks; and take a quick pic of anything that you want to remember — an inspiration image, a product recommendation, or any fashion resources you might want to follow up on. Then categorize them into photo albums. It’s a little like a homemade Pinterest board.
9. OLD COATS How many old coats do you have? Or old sweatshirts, jackets, and hoodies? If your style says you shouldn’t wear it, give it. Especially this time of year any family, homeless, or children’s shelter will be grateful for your donation to people in need. If it’s just hanging in the closet, not worn in years, it’s time to let it go.
8. FAMILY HEIRLOOMS THAT DON’T FIT A fashion family heirloom is fur coat or piece of fine jewelry you did not actually choose. Sometimes, no matter how gorgeous or expensive it is, it just doesn’t mesh with your style. Don’t allow it to be an albatross around your neck, give it to a relative or sell it and buy something that does reflect your taste.
7. CHEAP HANGERS Dry cleaning can make for a surplus of flimsy hangers. Wood hangers, while attractive, are bulky. On the other hand, slim velvet hangers, which are both space-saving and gentle on your clothes, are a worthy investment.
6. OBJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH EXES You slip into that sexy LBD and… think of someone else. An outfit should inspire feelings of well-being. If a piece of clothing jars you with unnecessary reminders of a time gone by, it’s best to let it go. A “clean slate closet” is a great canvas on which to make new memories.
5. DIY FASHION PROJECTS THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN We’ve all been there. From the ambitious plan to make a knitted beanie to the box of jewelry-making supplies, know thyself. If thyself won’t in a million years actually complete said project, think about paying someone else to do it or remove it from the premises.
4. NAIL POLISHES YOU DON’T USE A glitter mani sounded like a fabulous idea (and you work in financial services). So did goth black nails. If the bottle is starting to resemble a colored glue, it’s time to unload the colors to your local nail salon or give them to a more “flexible” friend.
3. OLD UNDERGARMENTS Be honest, what’s the state of your bra? How about your, ahem, panties? And, heaven forbid, if you don’t sleep alone, what message does your nightie convey? That you’re still stuck in junior high and sleep in a ratty t-shirt? Please no… go here (my new FAVE shopping site) and get some beautiful things for your most worthy self.
2. UNUSED COSMETICS From the partially-used hotel hand cream to the special occasion lipstick, cosmetics have a tendency to pile up. By setting a no-cosmetic-buying rule, and using up the opened and reserved products instead, you’ll discover new space in your bathroom cabinets before you know it.
1. JUST EVERYTHING In my dream world, I would burn all of my clothes, have a completely empty closet, and start over. In this way, I’d create the right uniform that would make me taller, younger, fitter, and smarter. However, of course I’d keep all of my Wendistry bags. 😉 Other than that, so long everything!