I recently received a Facebook message from one of my dear readers, Nicole, who had a wonderful question.
"I have a question for your blog. I'm not sure if it's a stupid question or not. When purging your clothing how do you determine what's a piece that's going to be wearable for years to come? Thanks, Nicole"
First, all questions are worthy of being asked. Always. Secondly, I'm glad you asked! Determining what will be "wearable" for years to come may seem challenging but it doesn't have to be. Ask yourself three questions and you should be able to come up with a sound answer that works for your wardrobe and most importantly, your lifestyle.
Typically considered a no-brainer, you have to stop and honestly ask if the clothing in your closet fits your body AND looks good on you. Just because it fits doesn't mean you should wear it. If you love the piece and you know you will wear it (meaning you can come up with at least 3 ways to wear it without including jeans), get it altered.
This pic shows a great example of pants that I love that are wearable from season to season. But they just don't fit right on my body type. I look too shorty and squaty. Off to Goodwill they go.
Does this jacket, dress, shirt, or pants look like you? Or better stated, does it project the image you want for yourself? If the clothes look frumpy or reminiscent of your college days, they probably aren't good choices to keep over the next few years.
The blue and white patterned shirt shown here by Thakoon for Target is a fun print. But the shape of the shirt doesn't seem to work for me now as well as it did two years ago. It's in the donate pile.
I like to think that these $2 thrift store pants are a classic. But the bold print and tight fit pretty much ensure that they will not be in my closet three or four years from now. But note they only cost $2, which is exactly the amount of money you want to spend on trends and fads.
Your classic pieces like a great fitting pair of dark wash jeans or a black blazer or a comfy, soft v-neck sweater can be paired with all the in one day out the next trendy clothes that flow through every season. And those should be the clothes you keep as the foundation of your closet. Toss the trendy pieces soon after they lose their luster. (Leggings, I'm giving you the serious sideeye.)
And the key point to remember is this: while the item in question may be wearable for years to come, does it work for your body and your lifestyle? If the answer is no, the item must go. :-)