Wear Your Clothes!
Posted July 13, 2008on:
I have a habit of buying clothes and then never wearing them. It usually happens with things I’ve spent a bit extra for, or are a little bit daring for me. I decide I should save them for a special occasion, or I can’t get comfortable about wearing them, and then they languish in my closet, making me feel guilty.
No more! Maybe I’m developing more fashion self-confidence as I get older, but this week I’ve made a deliberate effort to wear some of the things I rarely – if ever – wear. Some examples?
- A tank top with a pattern of brightly colored letters; it’s kind of stretchy and clingy and I’ve always thought the pattern was too young for me, but it’s super-comfortable and I love the cut.
- A really fun skirt with a bold black and white design that I got on super sale a few weeks ago. This is about as close to designer clothes as I get; this skirt definitely makes a statement!
- A pink cardigan sweater with a wide row of sequins along the bottom. This actually came from the girls department (I’m small) so I worry that it looks like a girl should be wearing it!
I’ve felt really wonderful wearing these clothes; it’s been fun and weirdly liberating. And wearing them ends the criticism and self-recrimination that accompanies every trip to the closet: “You spent good money on this fill in the blank, why don’t you ever wear it??”
On the flip side, I feel compelled to say a word about the clothes in my closet (and perhaps yours?) that no longer fit, have gone out of style, or I just don’t like anymore. Get rid of ’em! Someone out there – via donation or consignment will give them a good home, and you’ll feel better.