Start The New Year Creating with a Closet Filled with Clothes You’ll Actually Wear

By on January 1, 2012

By Scarlett DeBease –

As a new year approaches, we can choose the usual resolutions, but why not choose one that you can actually accomplish and benefit from? Creating a closet filled with clothes you’ll actually wear!

Last year on an episode of The Nate Berkus show, 3 sisters, AKA the Thrifty Sisters, were on the show, proudly showing how they avoided buying new clothes by only ‘shopping’ in their own closet for a variety of outfits. But just like shopping at the store, you only should buy and wear what fits and flatters you the best.

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Here are 4 steps to give you ideas of how to edit your wardrobe, so that you can ‘shop’ in your closet and not feel overwhelmed when you open your closet door or drawers.

STEP #1: Take out and donate all your tops that are too short. Up until just about 3 years ago manufacturers made all tops on the short side. Remember the showing the tummy fashion phase? These short tops are not usually flattering or comfortable. They are however, taking up precious space in your closet.

Only keep the pullovers or button down tops that go past your waist. Chances are those are the only ones you will really wear and feel good in. So go ahead and get those shorties out of there!!!

Step #2: Review all your pants and skirts to see if any are too short for you now.

The best skirt length would be right below the knee. Anything long or too short will most probably look dated and not be flattering. The skirts that fall into that category probably have not even been worn in years anyway, right?

The best pant length, for men and women would be long enough to not show your socks when standing. Too short pants make your legs look awkwardly short, visually widen your body, and well here is that word again, looks dated.

So how simple is this? Take out the tops, skirts and pants that are too short, and you will already see a huge difference in being able to find what you are looking for, and be able to create more outfits that you will be happy with.

STEP #3: Remove any clothes that have shoulder pads from the 1980’s and 1990’s. There should be no excuses or hesitation regarding this step towards creating a closet filled with clothes you’ll actually wear, because you really never will wear these padded shoulder clothes, and frankly nor should you.

Almost every closet that I have edited, has had clothes in it from the 80’s and 90’s taking up precious space, and are often kept as reminders of the ‘way we were’.

Let go of the past, so that getting dressed for the present will be easier and more flattering.

So now the final step, and an easy one……………drum roll please………

Step#4: If it is stained, has holes, or is in a non-flattering color or fit, then get it out of your closet and drawers!!! You should only have in front of you pieces that make you feel and look good. Nothing should take up space that cannot be worn, or is only there to remind you of times gone by, and/or if only I were that thin again. Sound familiar?

If you take the time to follow these simple steps, you will save many hours trying to get thru the jungle of your closet to find what will look good on you. You’ll also spend much less time putting back all the clothes you took out while trying to figure out what to wear.

Tip: Use the same hangers for all your clothes, and your closet will look bigger and more organized.


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About Scarlett De Bease

Scarlett is a professional Image Consultant and the founder of The always Know What To Wear System. For over 6 years, she has successfully changed the lives of many women, by showing them the correct clothes, colors, styles and accessories that will flatter them the most. If you keep buying clothes and still have nothing to wear, Scarlett will make it possible for you to always know what to wear. You can find her

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Start The New Year Creating with a Closet Filled with Clothes You’ll Actually Wear