With the turn of the calendar, everyone is looking for ways to make this year be the best possible. Not only does this mean setting attainable goals, but it also means taking a closer look at what you’re wearing.
We all know that your clothes help define your core style and branding. So it makes sense to look first at our wardrobes when we’re mapping out how to conquer the New Year.
The process of removing items from your closet that are holding you back is how you create the space for who you want to be in 2018. We all have a past. It’s an important part of our lives, but it doesn’t have to be the deciding factor on who we’re going to be in the future.
The single most important thing to remember when you’re tackling a closet overhaul is this: Who do you want to be?
When I’m working with clients, I try to undercover exactly where she’s put the most effort in her life. That’s where I can begin to understand the story of her life. For lots of us, we face the same problems and obstacles over and over, just in different guises. The challenge here is to take a closer look at the past and find that theme. We have to acknowledge the past in order to move forward. Otherwise, it will continue to hold you back.
When we look at the past, we can look at the present with clearer vision. When you start being present with what moment you’re in right now, then you can step into where you want to be.
Step-by-Step: My Best Tips for Creating a Style that Fits You Now
First things first. Get a piece of paper or your journal and write down the vision of who you are and what you want from your life. Remember to consider what you’re wearing, how you interact with others, and how you show up in the world.
Your style and closet should be a reflection of that vision. It’s a manifestation of what’s going on inside.
Create a clean slate in your closet. Creating an environment that supports this vision of your true self will ultimately make it easier to reach your goals.
What to do/ Things to remember: My advice on what to keep and get rid of differs drastically from what many other people recommend. It’s a good idea to physically remove every single item from your closet. Touching these garments helps you evaluate or dismiss any value they might have.
Permission to keep: As much fun as it would be to get rid of everything and really start fresh, that’s just not practical. You have to know when it’s harming or when a piece is helping. I have a handmade red vesty-jacket thing that I got in London at a flea market. I never wear it, but I’ll never get rid of it because it represents a moment in time that I’m actively seeking out. It’s not practical to keep it, but it’s important. Think about these things when you evaluate your own items.
Get rid of: Anything ripped, stained, yellowed, or looks tattered - think about it this way – what you keep is on a subconscious level how you really feel about yourself. No one wants to think that badly about themselves, so toss the trash and move on. You can keep those perfectly ripped jeans or the tee-shirt that is complimenting the rocker look!
Consider carefully: Clothes that don’t fit are a touchy subject. On one hand, it’s not completely ideal to keep clothes that seriously don’t fit. But if they’re close to fitting and you occasionally can fit into them, maybe it’s a good idea to keep a few pieces. Of course, you should get rid of them if the clothes make you feel badly about yourself.
If you haven’t worn it in a year: It makes sense to hold onto certain investment pieces. But if you have a closet full of ball gowns and you haven’t been to a ball in a decade, it’s time to rethink their purposes.
Finally, fill in any missing gaps in your closet.
Making goals for the New Year is only half of the equation when you’re trying to work out how to be the best possible version of yourself. You have to think about what you’re putting on your body, how you’re showing up in the world. A closet overhaul is really the best place to start.
So ask yourself, how do you want to align yourself with your goals and vision? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!