My all-time favorite posts to write are the ones that are inspired by my clients, something I've mentioned before. So naturally, I was super pumped last week when I was in a client's closet and she uttered five words (that I'm about to tell you), which I hear all the time and tell me more about a closet than you can imagine.
I hear this phrase when I’m working in someone's closet, getting to know what’s inside. A piece of clothing will jump out at me—something that doesn’t belong. It could be a top or a pair of pants, or maybe a skirt, shoes, or an accessory. Whatever it is, I can see from the moment I look at it that it shouldn't be there.
When I asked about why she owned it, hoping that we could bid it adieu, to send it off for someone who should actually own it, I almost always hear this excuse:
"I just bought it because..."
Those are five little words that tell three things you need to know:
1. YOU DON'T LOVE IT.
You should always love everything in your wardrobe. Yes, I said it. I know it's a lofty goal, but if you don't reach for the stars, who will?! (I know, that was a little cheesy.)
2. YOUR STYLE SHOULD BE UNAPOLOGETIC.
"Just" is a word that lets me know that you aren't owning it, and with your style, you should be unapologetic. Style is one of the few arenas where pride can be a good thing. Style is expressive and all about you. When I hear you have something "just because," I know that it's not really speaking to who you are. There is something that is better out there. I know this for a fact.
3. PURPOSE AND PASSION ALWAYS HAVE TO COLLIDE.
I see this time and time again: a woman will think she needs a gray t-shirt (for example), so she goes to Target, finds the first gray t-shirt in the store, grabs it and goes. That t-shirt sits in her wardrobe collecting dust, because if you don't love a piece of clothing, it no longer becomes a necessity. Style is what you make of it. It's about guidelines, not rules.
Yes, function is key in your wardrobe, but your wardrobe should make you feel consistently beautiful, powerful and satiated.
Your closet is a carefully curated collection of pieces you love and love to wear. If you own a piece only because you think you should or it goes with something specific in your closet (example: red t-shirt, red patterned skirt), put it in the Goodwill pile. Chances are I can style something with that red patterned skirt that’s much more exciting than that red t-shirt.
Your personality should show in everything you wear, which is why everything you wear should be something special. Want to learn how to trim the unwanted pieces in your closet and build a wardrobe that’s only clothes that project who you are and how you want to be seen? Let’s chat.
I help you develop your personal style, so you know exactly what to wear, how to wear it, when to wear it.