Savvy Style’s Eve Roth Lindsay helps Kate Springer make some room in her closet by asking four tough questions.
1. Do I love it?
“If you absolutely adore the piece of clothing, it makes you feel good and it’s still in good condition, then you should keep it. But it’s also important to ask yourself why you love it. Is it the way it fits? The colour? The versatility?"
2. Do I hate it?
“If you spent money on it and can’t recall a time that you actually wanted to put it on, then it’s clogging up your wardrobe and your mind. Try to pinpoint why you hate it, and figure out if there is a way to salvage it through alterations or accessories.”
3. Is it a good memory?
“Sometimes you hold onto clothes because they’re associated with a memory. Maybe it was a gift or you loved the hell out of it, but if you can’t wear it anymore for whatever reason, then it really shouldn’t be there.”
4. What do I do with this?
“You’ve probably cleaned out half of your wardrobe by now. If you can’t make up your mind about a piece, hold onto it and think about how you can make it work. Maybe it just needs a belt or a new pair of shoes!”
The end result?
“What you’re left with are pieces that you adore and that can mix and match. It’s better to have 10 items that you wear the hell out than 100 things you never put on.”
Wish List: “You’ve narrowed down your wardrobe to a handful of key pieces, but you may not have complete looks. Stand in front of the mirror, try on your clothes, and make a mental list of what you need to complete your outfits.”
Rush Order: “When it’s new season, lots of people run out and buy something and just compound mistake upon mistake, until they’re left with a wardrobe that’s full of random purchases that don’t make sense.”
The Right Stuff: “Before buying new pieces, ask yourself what you love and what looks good on your body type. Also try to fill in the holes instead of buying duplicate looks in an effort to recreate something you once loved.”