In the spirit of the unread library challenge, I've been thinking about other ways I can make better use of the abundance of lovely things already in my life.
Today I want to shine the spotlight on unworn (or infrequently worn) clothing.
I have already reduced my wardrobe to pieces I love, that are in good condition and flattering, and that I wear at least occasionally.
Long gone are the "farm/painting clothes"—I haven't lived on a farm for twenty years, and it's been a while since I've done any painting—and I even upgraded my most casual clothes (exercise wear) to nicer versions.
However, I still have quite a lot, and this means there are plenty of pieces not being worn regularly.
So, how can we make better use of what is already in our wardrobes? Here are several ideas:
- Develop a cohesive sense of style, such as bohemian, classic, or grunge. Your style can be adapted to any situation, so don't feel like you must own clothing you're not comfortable in for particular settings or occasions. You can always dress up a bohemian piece for the office, or wear a tailored jacket to a sporting match. This makes it easier to let go of anything that doesn't work within your style, which will instantly make you feel better about your wardrobe.
- Make sure each piece goes with at least a few others. If a skirt only works well with one top, then it naturally won't be worn often.
- Place clothing you're unsure about in a separate hanging section or shelf. Challenge yourself to wear these items before pulling out your usual favourites, to see if they deserve their place. If they are still there after a period of time (such as six months), it is time to release them.
- Browse fashion blogs, magazines, or catalogues, and notice how others put together their outfits. Your aim is not to purchase (so be careful!), but to find new ways of wearing what you already own. Focus on pieces that are similar to yours to come up with fresh ideas.
- Take each ambiguous item, and hold it next to every other piece in your wardrobe (including accessories) to spark new combinations.
Of course, it's okay if some things aren't worn all that often. I have a small selection of beautiful evening wear which I rarely take off the hanger, because when I'm dressing up I prefer to shop my own wardrobe than go out and buy something new. But overall, there is great satisfaction in actually wearing everything on a regular basis, and feeling good in it.
Do you have many unworn items in your wardrobe?