Clothing, Food and Love: Letting go of what no longer serves you

 In Closet Cleanups, Style and Spirit

In my work as a personal stylist, I have found that the women who are happiest with their appearance are those who feel their wardrobe is a true reflection of who they are.  As humans, we all want to be known, and our appearance is a way of communicating with others.  I like to ask my clients, “When people look at you, what do you want them to know about you?

Living among clutter leads to a cluttered mind, and your closet is no exception.  The women I work with are often experiencing a major change their lives – the birth of a baby, a return to work, a significant weight loss.  Perhaps they are “cleansing” after a divorce.  A closet cleanup is symbolic of the bigger change they are creating in their lives.

Organizational experts say that everything in our lives should be beautiful or useful.  I agree, and believe that whether we are talking about clothing, food or love, it is all the same.  In all of these areas, we need to let go of what no longer serves us By doing so, we make room for nurturing and empowering things to take their place.

The average woman wears 20% of her clothes, 80% of the time.  I encourage my clients to have fewer, well-selected pieces that work beautifully for their body types rather than a closet full of clothes that don’t work.  Consider setting aside some time to weed through your wardrobe.  Getting dressed is so much easier when your closet is pared down to just the garments that make you look and feel great!  The key is to honor who you are right now – not who you were 10 years or 10 pounds ago.

Once you clean out your closet, you will have a true inventory of what you own and what you need.  Then, you can add in a few key pieces your wardrobe might be missing.  Here are a few quick tips to get you started:

• Take everything out of your closet, one category at a time (tops, bottoms, dresses, etc.)

• If you are unsure of fit, try it on!

• Go through each item and ask yourself the following questions.  If you answer no to any of them, donate or consign the item.

→ Does it fit and flatter me?

→ Have I worn it in the past year?

→ Would I buy it again if I saw it in a store today?

• Be creative, always thinking of how you can get more use of what you already have.  For example, could a simple alteration change the look of a certain garment?

• Store sentimental items in a bin elsewhere.  You want your closet to be “active” – full of clothes that you will wear all the time.

If you need help, contact me.

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  • Bwarburton

    Amen Jill! So very true. I love that you bring so much more to your clients than just “fashion-sense”; you bring life-sense.

    • jmstylist

      thank you!! That means a lot to me!

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