I highly recommend you create a closet full of clothes that you love and that fit the body you have now. Take a Saturday afternoon, or any time when you can devote yourself to going through your closet. Then be ruthless and go through it. Think of it as an archeological dig where you’re trying on items that you have not worn in the last 6-12 months. Anything that you have not worn in the last 12-18 months you should just get rid of!
Follow these three easy guidelines to determine if they are a keeper or a donation to the local thrift store.
1. How does it fit?
For tops, notice the fit of the armholes and the sleeve length. If they are too snug, you’ll be uncomfortable and won’t wear it. Don’t forget to check how it fits across your bust and torso. Is it too snug or too baggy? If it doesn’t make you look good, you know you won’t wear it.
For pants, the fit around the waist is the most important. What rise waistband do you prefer, high, medium or low? What rise is comfortable for you?
Next is the fit around your buttocks and thighs. If they’re too tight, it will make you feel fat. If the pants are too loose, you’ll feel frumpy.
What length of pant are you most comfortable in? If they are too long, you will also feel fat and frumpy. The good news is you can always get the length shortened by a tailor for little cost if you love the way the top of the pant fits.
If it doesn’t fit, toss it!
2. Use the “how much do I love it?” rating scale.
If you were to ask yourself, “on a scale from 1-10, 1 represents not at all, and 10 represents I totally love it! How much do I love it?” If you cannot honestly score a 7 or up on something, that’s probably why you are not wearing it. If you feel tempted to wear it, or think you should be wearing it, yet you gave it a low point, it could be that you’re feeling that way because you feel guilty about buying it. You spent money on it, you feel you should wear it, but you hate it. If it does not rate 7 or higher, get rid of it!
3. Do I have anything that goes with it?
Clothes are a blank canvas for creating great style. Ask yourself, what jewelry and accessories can I pair with this outfit? Imagine the entire outfit. Do you have the right pieces to make it stylish? If not, are you willing to invest in them? I teach women that great clothes without great jewelry, accessories, shoes and a fabulous handbag is like a cake without frosting. It can still taste good, but it is not very interesting! If you honestly have nothing to wear it with and don’t see yourself making that investment anytime soon, get rid of it.
How a woman feels in her clothes is directly related to how confident she feels about herself and her body. Boost your confidence by using these three guidelines to help you whip your closet in to shape. This can be used as a motivator to get yourself in shape! And then when you are the size you want to be, reward yourself by going out and buying a few things that you love to help you continually create success with your weight loss goals. Make sure you use the same three guidelines when considering new purchases. This will help you create an awesome wardrobe. You’ll have more fun playing with your clothes. Who wants to stand in front of a bunch of items and wear the thing you dread the least?
Carol Tuttle is the creator of Dressing Your Truth. Dressing Your Truth is a do-it-yourself makeover system that helps you create your unique personal style by first discovering your personal Beauty Profile in her newest book, Dressing Your Truth- Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile ($19.95, amazon.com). Once you know your Beauty Profile, Carol’s Dressing Your Truth is easy and simple to learn through her prolific online learning resources and growing community at dressingyourtruth.com