7 Reasons you Need a Wardrobe Makeover
Thinking you may need a wardrobe makeover? I’ve never loved the word “makeover”. It sounds like there is something inherently wrong with a person. But sometimes, our wardrobes need a major overhaul. You may need some new pieces; a good closet edit; or a little bit of both. Here’s how to know if your wardrobe is in need of a modern revamp.
1. You have clothes in your closet from stores that are no longer in business.
We always have a good laugh with a client when we do our initial closet edit and find clothes from stores that are out of business or with old labels (think Express Tricot). If something is so old that it no longer exists; it’s a good bet to retire it. We tend to keep things because we think that we’ll “have it forever.” There are a few things you will have forever. Most pieces made by mass merchants do not fall into the category of “wear forever.” Instead, you want quality pieces you will get lots of wear out of so you don’t feel like they owe you anything.
2. You and your daughter shop in the same department.
Retailers organize departments and stores based on demographics. Since you and your daughter are different demographics, one of you is going to have to find another place to shop. It’s great that you can still fit into junior sizes, but they are for young women with young women bodies in styles less than appropriate for your lifestyle. If you’re shopping in stores not appropriate for your needs, you likely have many pieces you like, but they don’t feel quite right, either in fit or style.
3. It takes you more than 15 minutes to get dressed.
If it is difficult to get dressed, your closet may be in need of an edit. Too many options will overwhelm you, and it will be difficult to see what you have. What’s great about an edit is that you may not need to shop, by getting rid of what you don’t need you may end up with some great new outfits. One of our clients recently said, “I got rid of so much and now I have more to wear!”
4. You always feel over or under dressed.
This is a sure fire sign that your lifestyle has changed but your clothes have not. If you feel like your clothes aren’t meeting your needs, it may be time for a wardrobe makeover. Start to look for where the holes are and create a list of what you need. Only shop off the list. You’ll begin to build a wardrobe that looks and feels like who you are for where you are in your life.
5. You wake up and feel like you have nothing to wear.
The most common reason a client calls our office is because they feel like they have a lot of stuff but nothing to wear. We see this when clients only shop sales or buy one piece at a time. If you do this you either lack in basics, or you buy the same basics over and again. Decide which category you fall in and focus on buying what you need to balance out your wardrobe. If this sounds like you, you might benefit from a wardrobe edit and personal shopping appointment.
6. You are always shopping.
If you are always shopping, you likely have too many things. You could have a closest full of great items but lack direction and core pieces. Next time you are about to make a purchase, only buy the item if you can wear it three different ways. You’ll get more value out of your wardrobe, and always have something to wear.
7. You never get rid of anything.
Do you hold onto things because you will fit into them again, or you’re hoping they will come back in style? Think of it this way: if a style comes back, there are modern modifications made to it that will make your original piece look dated. If you are on a weight loss journey, you can hang on to some pieces if they are modern and in good condition. We encourage clients to place them in a different closet, so you don’t have to look at them every day. The difference you’ll feel when you have a clean and organized wardrobe is amazing. You will see outfit combinations you never considered before, and you’ll easily see where you need to fill in with a few new pieces.
Keep in mind, this is real life. Unlike T.V. shows that feature an entire wardrobe makeover in 60 minutes and unlimited budgets, real life calls for patience and strategy. You may not be able to buy everything you need in one shopping trip. That’s ok! The most important take away is to clear out what you have, get a clear sense of what you need, and when you shop, only bring in useful items that you love.
Megan Kristel is the founder of Kristel Closets, Inc. Established in 2006, Kristel Closets, Inc. has a team of image consultants and personal shoppers in the metro regions of Philadelphia, New Jersey/ New York and Washington D.C. In addition to Kristel Closets, Inc., Megan is the creator of Style Maker University, an online coaching program designed to help aspiring and established image professionals build a profitable business. She is also the editor of The Well Dressed Life, the popular daily style blog focused on busy, modern women.