Is it Time for a Wardrobe Remix?

By on August 2, 2011

By Jeanine Byers Hoag–

How do you feel when you walk or look into your closet? If the word “happy” didn’t come to mind or some variation of it, you may need a closet and wardrobe remix! This article is the second in a series about the 7 essentials for building a capsule wardrobe and the very first essential is to do some work inside your closet.

Is it Time for a Wardrobe Remix?

But before you read on, I want you to go take a look at what’s in your closet. If you’re not at home right now, then take a mental look. Your mission is to find at least one outfit you absolutely love.

Why? Because I believe strongly that you should only wear what you love and get rid of the rest. I want to make sure that if you actually do that, you’ll have something to wear tomorrow!

What Will a Wardrobe Remix Do for You?

What I really want you to know about cleaning out your closet is that so much will change when you do so! You may have momentary feelings of loss as you bid goodbye to what no longer serves you but just as it does in life, clearing out the old makes room for the new.

When you have taken out everything that you don’t love, what will happen is that every time you step into or look into your closet, you will be greeted by things you adore, that you love and that love you back. And you’ll know that your closet holds endless possibilities, instead of “nothing to wear.”

To know for sure whether it’s time for a wardrobe remix, take my video wardrobe remix quiz…

Where to Start with Your Wardrobe Remix

First, take a general survey of what’s in your closet and see how that makes you feel. Take note of that feeling and any thoughts that come to mind about what you are seeing in your closet. We will compare them later to how you are feeling after it’s all said and done.

Next, begin the process of elimination by starting with what you know doesn’t fit anymore, is not mendable or irrevocably stained, or that you have not worn all season. Put them in a pile on the bed or the floor and go back to your closet.

Now, gather up everything that can be fixed if they are things you have been wearing or would be wearing but for whatever reason, needs fixing. Put them in a separate pile.

Finally, go back in and take out everything you don’t love. If you don’t feel a wellspring of warmth and adoration when you see it, take it out. And put it in a separate pile, as well.

Now, go back to your closet to look at what is left. How do you feel about those pieces? Are there a few that, upon reflection, should probably join their friends on the bed or the floor? If so, take them out, too, and add them to the pile where they belong.

Once you have done that a few times and are convinced that all that remains is what you truly love, you have got the makings of a capsule wardrobe that will make you happy to see it and to wear it.

In the next article in this series, we’ll talk about how to know what to put in your closet if you’ve taken nearly everything out.
Jeanine Byers Hoag is a personal style blogger and the author of The Capsule Wardrobe Book: Signature Style Essentials for Plus Size Fashionistas. For more information, go to http://www.capsulewardrobebook.com/.

About Jeanine Byers Hoag

Jeanine Byers Hoag is a personal style blogger and the author of The Capsule Wardrobe Book: Signature Style Essentials for Plus Size Fashionistas. For more information, go to http://www.capsulewardrobebook.com

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Is it Time for a Wardrobe Remix?