We’ve all had this moment. The moment when you look in your closet and realize – there’s nothing in there for you. Sure, you purchased it all and I guess (at some point?) you loved it, too – but not anymore. Now, they look tacky, cheap, and outdated and you want them gone. Sayonara old clothes, we’re done.
Sometimes these moments come from simply not feeling inspired, but other times they are a sign that your style was too on trend for a while. Yes, I said it – too on trend. When you fill your wardrobe up with trends it seems great for a while. But just like a summer fling, all good things must come to an end. Eventually those pieces just don’t work, they look tacky, and they scream “2014 trend”. So.. what are we to do? Well, today I am sharing how to build a wardrobe you’ll love for a lifetime, and never feel that “everything is so tacky!” feeling again.
What To Do When You Hate All Your Clothes
Well, first things first…
It’s time to go through your closet, and get rid of the items you won’t wear, or haven’t worn in the last year. I know many people have the “6 month” rule, but living in a climate that has seasons means that occasionally there are items I love but just can’t wear year round – so instead, I get rid of items that I haven’t worn in a full year. At that point I know that I’ll likely never wear it again, and that it’s time to pass it on to someone else who’ll love it. This is a great time of year to donate since so many are left without coats, sweaters, and jackets. It’s chilly out, so if you have a coat you don’t wear – be sure to donate that soon.
Other items to get rid of:
- Damaged, torn, or ripped items
- Pieces with stains on them
- Items that are too small, or too big
- Items which you’re keeping just for nostalgic reasons. This can be a tough one, we all have that “lucky” sweater that we have one great memory attached to, but for some reason we no longer wear. Maybe it has one of the issues noted above. If you’re really torn about getting rid of it, than try to put it back into your style rotation, but then if you find yourself not grabbing for it – pass it on to someone who will.
And now, let’s build a wardrobe you’ll LOVE
Invest in Classics
Classic pieces will always prove useful and versatile. Classic pieces are items such as slacks, a white button up, a LBD, a neutral coat, or a simple pair of heels. These pieces are often guarded as “timeless styles” and were worn by classic beauties such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. When we look back on their fashion, it’s rare that we think of an item looking tacky or out of date (which you cannot say about 80’s and 90’s fashions) and so by adopting those styles and looks you’ll likely never look back on your own outfit choices and think “what was I thinking?”
The same goes for neutrals. While they may not always be the most exciting, they are the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe and will prove their use as you build your various looks each day. You’re going to want to add in a good mixture of classic pieces in neutral colours – these pieces will make your trendy items appear more chic and high-end when worn together.
Add in Colour Using Classic Silhouette
In todays outfit, I’ve added in a beautiful seasonal colour to my outfit with a really classic piece: slacks. A simple pair of slacks may seem boring, but when you grab a few in some unique colours, you’ll find that they will be both a statement piece and a classic. They become less of a basic, and more a timeless yet modern piece.