A Guide To Cleaning Out Your Closet
You know those pants that never fit quite right, or that top you can’t pair with anything? We’re over them, and you should be too.
In 2023, we’re only messing with clothes that suit us, fit us, and work for us. So for all of you fed up with problematic pieces, it’s time to make like your favorite Disney Ice Princess and Let. Them. Go. Here’s how.
First things first, you gotta get into your closet and physically pull out all your clothes. Lay them on a bed, or the floor, or wherever you can see them to begin the process of assessing each one individually. Start by picking a single piece to assess and don’t be afraid to try it on. We recommend starting with the easy stuff — whatever you’ve worn most recently and working your way to that sequin dress you wore on New Year 2016 that’s still in the back of your closet for some reason.
Ask Yourself The Hard Questions
To assess each piece ask yourself the following questions (and be *honest*).
1. Does it fit?
Now, we’re not asking if you can physically get this on your body and zip the zipper or button the button or whatever. We’re not asking if it will fit in a fantasy world where you lose or gain a little weight. We’re asking if it’s comfortable and it fits the way you want it to NOW. So, If you bend over and the back of your underwear is visible, then those pants may not fit. If you can button the shirt, but the buttons are gaping around your chest, then it probably doesn't fit. And, if you can put it on, but it's hugging or highlighting your curves in a way that makes you uncomfortable or insecure then, sadly, it does not fit.
2. Do I like it?
None of this “I like it in theory” or “It’s cute, but not really my style” or “I like it on the model but not on myself” stuff. We’re talking straight up, Marie Kondo, “does this spark joy” for you now. If the answer is anything but an enthusiastic “yes” then it is a “no.” If you’re confused, it’s a “no.” If it’s a “yes” on some days, but “no” on others, then it is a “no.” Capice? Sorry to be so harsh here, but someone needs to lay down the law.
3. Can I think of a way to wear it?
This is so key. If you can’t think of at least one outfit you would put on your body and wear out the door (or at least out of the closet) tomorrow, then you gotta get rid of it. It’s that simple. If you have to go out and buy something to wear with it that you don’t already own, then that doesn’t count. Stick to items you have, and proven outfits you’ve worn before because we all know how easy it is to make up an outfit in your head that doesn’t actually translate to reality when you’re standing in front of the mirror.
Decide Its Fate
If — and only if — you answered “yes” to all of these questions, then congrats! It’s a keeper. You can go ahead and put that piece back in your closet or wardrobe and enjoy it for years to come. If you answered “no” to any of these questions, (even if you answered “yes” to some of them) then it is time to say goodbye.
Fill In The Gaps
It happens to the best of us, the “no” pile claimed some of your favorite cornerstone pieces. Don’t panic, we’ve got the goods to backfill it all. Shop our carefully curated selection of do-it-all basics that are sure to tick every “yes” box in our assessment.