Be Your Own Fashion “Editor”

Editing your wardrobe is one of the most liberating things you can do. Whether you’re updating your look, getting rid of clothes that are too big (or small), or reflecting a change in your persona, you need to get in there and make sure that you truly love all the clothes you own. There’s no point in having space taken up by clothes you never wear, especially if you have limited space to begin with. Editing also gives you the chance to review what you’ve got and decide what new items you need to make your wardrobe complete. Depending on how many clothes you have, this can be a daunting task. But it can also be a lot of fun. Here’s 3 questions to ask yourself on the road to new hotness.

1. Does it fit? This is the most important question. Don’t keep clothes in your closet that don’t fit right. Live in the now, honey. If it’s too small, toss it. I don’t believe in saving clothes for when you’re a smaller size. Even if you’re actively losing weight (and hopefully you’re not on a diet), you never know if you’re really going to get down to that smaller size, or if when you do, you’re still going to like the item or how it looks on you. Trust, as someone who is often in weight flux, having clothes in your closet that you can’t fit into is really depressing, especially if you stop losing, or gain, or stabilize at a size that may be where your body wants to be but is not necessarily the size of the item of clothing you want to wear. And please don’t try to squeeze into clothing that is uncomfortable. I’m all about wearing clothes that may not fit the way they were intended to fit but still look good, but wearing clothes that you have to hold your breath to get into is not healthy. On the flip side, if you’re holding on to clothes that are too big for you, why? Baggy is not cute. I’m not talking about purposefully oversized clothing, i’m talking about shapeless, unflatteringly large clothes that are clearly not working for you any more. Get yourself some bodycon dresses and call it a day. If you can’t afford to buy a whole new wardrobe at retail, take your ass down to your local thrift or secondhand store and stock up. Hit up lower-end stores like Target, Forever 21 and H&M or discount stores like Ross, Marshalls, etc. 90% of my wardrobe is from thrift, discount or lower-end stores. It’s satisfying because you can get a lot more for your buck than you can if you try to build a new designer wardrobe from department stores or boutiques. And don’t just throw away those old clothes, too small or too big! Give them to charity, sell them to stores like Buffalo Exchange or put them up on eBay.

2. Do you wear it? After you’ve rid yourself of the clothes that don’t fit, look at what you have left and ask yourself this question. If you haven’t worn it in quite some time, you can either give it away, or move it to the front of your closet. Every time you wear an item, put it in front of the clothes you don’t wear. If after say, a month, the clothes in the front are in the back of your closet because you haven’t worn them, it’s time to let go, unless it’s some kind of special occasion item like an evening dress. If you’re still not ready to give it up, put it in a box and mark when you put it in there. Go back and look in that box after a few months. If it hasn’t been taken out, seriously, it’s wasting space. If you like looking at it that much but you don’t wear it, give it to a friend who will so you get to see it once in a while. Kind of like a cat you can’t keep because you’re moving to a building that doesn’t accept pets. Or something.

3. Do you like it? So you’re down to the clothes you actually wear. But do you really like them? I know from experience there’s clothes you wear regularly, but you dread the day it comes down to wearing them. Don’t keep clothes you don’t love! Even if it means you’re left with very little after the editing is done, at least you have an excuse to go shopping. If you don’t love what you’re wearing, your fierceness is not going to shine through. Aim to be able to pull an item out of your closet and not sigh in resignation as you put it on.

Now that you’ve gotten down to the items you fit into, wear, and love, you can look at your closet and start to build outfits. Write down pieces you need to fill out your wardrobe. If it helps, take pictures of outfits you’ve created and stick them on the wall next to your closet so that when you’re rushing to get ready in the morning (or going out at night), you don’t have to think about what goes together. Have fun with it!

Happy editing, darlings.

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  • redlami

    All good advice. One of the things I'm having a tough time with is making this editing routine, as opposed to something I only do once or twice a year. I suppose I could try to do it any time I put something new in my closet or my bureau.

  • sarahbelll

    I do not believe I have seen this described that way before. You really have clarified this for me. Thanks!

  • Tasha Fierce

    You're too good to me with the comments. I edit my wardrobe maybe every month. Even if I don't end up getting rid of anything, I do it just to keep tabs on what I've bought and what I have, since I buy clothes on the regular.

  • Snarky's Machin

    That is the sexiest closet picture (of a REAL person's closet and not some fantasy bullshit) I've ever seen. This is excellent advice. People who don't edit and curate their clothes do not realize the hours of FREE fun and frolic they're missing.

    Great post, Tasha.