What to do with off-trend clothing items in your closet?
It’s September! So with that brings the big September fashion issues, the clothing trends for the upcoming season and perhaps the thought of what to do with all those former clothing trends hanging in your closet. If you are trying to decide if you should get rid of the clothes (or not), this post is for you.
Clothing trends are completely ephemeral, change faster than the wind and are meant to get us out there and shop – All The Time. By now you know, shopping is not the solution to great style. Here’s the other thing about clothing trends. If they’re in your closet, they aren’t a trend anymore! I don’t mean to be insulting, but it’s the truth. Unless you bought something from the designer before it hit the runway, it’s old news. So don’t worry about keeping up with these trends instead do this.
Ask yourself – Do you still like the item and want to continue to wear it? If so, it stays. If not, it goes.
If you have few former trends that you still like, keep wearing them. If they align with your style and make you smile, wear them and enjoy them for as long as you can.
If you still aren’t sure, then apply these questions:
- Does the former clothing trend item fit you? If it doesn’t fit you, it doesn’t matter how amazing it once was or how much it cost, it needs to either be altered to fit or it should go. If you love it and want to continue to wear it, I recommend alterations/repairs if possible.
- Does the clothing item flatter you? Does it help create the unbroken visual line making you look taller and leaner or does it make you appear shorter and dumpier? Guys -do the clothes help form the “V” or do they minimize your chest/torso? If the clothes don’t flatter, then they need to go.
- Does the clothing trend fit your present and align with your future or do you feel stuck in your past when you look at it? Perhaps it’s an older, former trend and you’ve gotten your wears from it so it’s OK to let it go. Or maybe you still love it and want to hold onto it. That’s OK too.
Do not feel like because the clothing trend has passed, that you can’t wear an item that brings you joy, makes you feel great and looks amazing. I hope you have found this to be an affirmation that what you have is enough and who you are is enough – don’t feel like you have to be a trend addict. Don’t feel like you have to shop all the time. Enjoy what you have.
Next up in this series – What to do with your unwanted clothes – where to take them and what to do! Check back here for that post.