After having gone through hundreds of closets, I find the same reoccurring mistakes time after time. If you check off 3 or more items below, you’re in need of setting up a complimentary consultation. I can’t begin to explain the relief you’ll feel by letting go of a load, literally and emotionally. You’ll wake up in the morning and actually be able to see that everything hanging in your closet feels good to wear, no more clutter or pieces to sort through.
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1. You’re purchasing the same colors and styles over and over again – Before anything else, color is what first attracts you to a piece of clothing when you’re shopping. You either know what color looks good on you or you have a favorite that you tend to purchase over and over again. If you go into your closet and just organize your tops by color, you’ll quickly find out what that go-to seems to be. It’s the same with styles, after you find an outfit combo or style you know works and are comfortable with, you stick with that for years. Not because you don’t want to try something new, but you just don’t have time to figure it out. As times changes, styles change, and so do our lives. We tend to forget that as much as we don’t want to spend money on clothes, as we reach different points in our life such as a job promotion, moving to another city, gaining weight, getting divorced or other factors, our clothing actually play an important part too.
2. You’re doing last minute shopping– Impulse shopping is the most stressful situation you can put yourself in. There’s a wedding or vacation in a week and you need an outfit. What tends to happen? A few days before you decide it’s time to get it together and set out to find the perfect look and end up going hours to only settle for something you don’t love. Not only that, sometimes you do love it, but you end up paying more out of desperation of finding the right outfit within your budget but lost patience. After it’s one time wear it just sits in your closet with nowhere else to go. What makes last minute shopping a big fail is more of our mindset, we aren’t in a relaxed state, we are in a state of worry and stress. It’s a huge pressure on yourself to know you have to leave the store with just the right things you were looking for. Sometimes you have an image of exactly what that will be, but the reality is when you’re shopping, you have to use and think of what’s available that season style and color wise.
3. You’re frequently shopping the sales rack– It seems smart, right? Nope, not at all, especially if you are someone who really doesn’t enjoy shopping or aren’t fashion savvy. The sales rack is filled with items that didn’t work for others, their the leftovers and if you are going through a mess of pieces to find something you love, you’re going to have to be very picky. Don’t let the price determine the final decision you make on an item. If that shirt is $29.99 and it’s ok, don’t buy it because you love the price tag, I’d rather have you spend $70 on a shirt you wear all the time and love than accumulate 3 shirts on sale at $29.99. Don’t think of building your wardrobe in terms of quantity; instead think of it as curating your little boutique of items you love.
4. You’re taking your best friend’s advice when shopping- Sometimes it’s just easier to get other’s opinions because you can’t decide what’s best or you just can’t make a decision on our own between the choices in front of you. Although it seems smart, your friend has her own style, likes and dislikes and will make her opinion based more on herself than on you. Just like you both have different personalities and lives, you also have different styles. As with the sales associate, it can be difficult because they may make commission or need the sale, it could be genuine or it could just be they want an extra buck. There could be items that fit you really well but when you wear it, it isn’t you, or you have no occasion to pull it out of your closet again because it doesn’t fit your lifestyle. The best options are the ones where you just feel good in it and don’t need the approval of others. It’s not about what others think of you, it’s about how you FEEL. Styles can look good on you, but if you can’t own it, you’re not going to look confident wearing it.
5. Your closet full of pieces that don’t go together– You have clothing you like on it’s own but can’t seem to pair it with anything to create a full look. This happens after shopping without a plan. If you are really good at shopping for a certain item, let’s say a jacket, then your closet is full of jackets and there aren’t enough other essentials such as tops or pants to pair with all your jackets. If you can’t piece together your clothing there are definitely a few gaps that you need to fill in order to create full looks.