Get rid of these four fashion frenemies that undermine your look and overwhelm your storage space.
Sure your mother-in-law meant well when she gave you that perfectly fine but frumpy cardigan. But even your wardrobe basics should have something special about them: a great cut, unique detail or a flattering neckline. Don’t get caught in the trap of saving a serviceable item that makes you feel less than fabulous. Plus giving away drab duds won’t make a lick of difference if you never wear them.
Dress in the Moment
What good are pants that you can wear only five less pounds from now? All they do is eat up closet space and make you feel fat. Toss them. Instead of thinking that you are to blame for not fitting into these clothes, consider that it’s the clothes that don’t do anything for you. Your wardrobe should be a collection of “yes” clothes that flatter and compliment you just as you are. When you lose those five pounds, you can celebrate with new pants.
Perhaps a dress was a must-wear a couple of summers ago, but now it’s two seasons old and a decade away from qualifying as a red-hot retro style. Give long-lost looks to charity and make room for new favorites.
The Right Age
Is that midriff-baring top truly suitable now? Could that mid-calf pleated skirt be adding unnecessary years? Revel in your age, play up your assets and purge anything from your closet that doesn’t help you do both. Anything that went to college with you should go — even if it wasn’t that long ago. You’re out of school, and it’s time for a more polished look. Exceptions: classic pieces with good lines can stay no matter your age.
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