the 8 questions to ask yourself for a closet full of keepers…

we’ve all been there…standing in front of a packed closet…with nothing to wear…how does this happen? truth be told…everyone benefits from a well-edited closet…right? and everyone can have one…how do you get there?

simple…

you try clothes on…

stand in front of a full-length mirror and if you’re unsure about whether something should stay or go, you ask yourself some clarifying questions…by telling the truth, you’ll be able to move past mistakes, has-beens and clutter…and end up with a wardrobe that suits you perfectly…are you ready?

here are the 8 questions to ask for qualifying those keepers in your closet…

does it fit, NOW?
be honest…tell the truth…will it take a six-month exercise diet plan before you fit into it? it may not be in style by the time you lose the weight…move out the things that don’t fit and free up space…this is important for a number of reasons…why be subjected to look at the items that don’t fit you…day after day? it isn’t good for your mind-set…let alone the frustration that follows…

does it flatter my figure?
has your figure gone through some changes? skirt lengths or jacket shapes that were flattering ten years ago may be less than flattering now…your body will look better in new shapes and silhouettes…donate or consign the things that aren’t working for you…

does it make me feel sexy, attractive or confident?
if yes, you’ve got a winner on your hands…make sure it gets into constant rotation…if not it’s time to get rid of it…your clothes should enhance your image…they should make you feel confident and beautiful…

does it bring out my favorite qualities?
clothes are amazing in that they could really  enhance the qualities that you would like to reveal about yourself…a ruffled blouse can bring out your femininity…an architecturally designed dress can say, “i’m edgy and modern…” if clothes in your closet represent an outdated image of you, they should go…immediately!

was this made for me or someone else?
when you try an item on…does it look like it’s just right for you? some of your clothes may be better suited for your sister, your cousin, or your best friend…recognize the distinction between “just right” and “just okay” and pass those items along…your clothes should be showing the best of you…always…

is this the right piece for my current lifestyle?
do you look at your clothes and see lots of choices for the type of events you used to go to but don’t anymore? recognize the past but plan your outfits for present time…your wardrobe should fit your  life…recycle anything that doesn’t have a place in your current lifestyle…

has it lost its luster?
it might be your favorite…but if it is too worn out to wear in public…time to discard that one and search for a replacement…your clothes speak for you…do you really want them saying…”i’m worn-out?”

would i buy it again?
if the answer is no, let it go…if the answer is yes and you love this piece but don’t know how to wear it, it’s time to call your wardrobe stylist…(me!)

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