Time to Bury It? (Purging Your Closet of “Dead Weight”)

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Is your wardrobe supporting your personal appearance goals, or “scaring” opportunities away?  If you haven’t asked this question in a while, it’s likely that your closet harbors garment goblins ready for final resting in the Clothing Cemetery.

Doesn’t fit?  Bought in 1987?  A gift from an “ex” (three relationships ago)?  Create some good closet feng shui and Let.  It.  Go.

In a recent consultation, a client showed me a beautiful black Ungaro suit he’d always loved.  A well-made suit of quality fabric that had served him well.  The double-pleated trousers and wide-lapel, double-breasted jacket, however, screamed “1992.”   My client wasn’t wearing the suit.  It isn’t appropriate in the here and now, and it was taking up precious closet real estate.  We both agreed that the suit did not belong in his space any longer.

What do you have that is no longer serving you?  Some considerations as you assess your own garments:

  • Give it the one-year test.  Seriously.  If you haven’t worn it in the last twelve months, what is the likelihood that you’ll wear it in the next 12?
  • What does it say about your work habits? An outdated professional clothing style suggests that your thought processes, also, may be behind the times.  Men’s fashion moves more slowly than women’s, but for either gender, consider a jacket’s lapel width and shoulder breadth.  If you’re not seeing anything like it in today’s stores or catalogs, it’s likely haunting your success prospects.

    A business jacket purchased in the early nineties - a ghastly choice for success today.

  • Do you earn compliments? Some garments have never suited you.  They were on sale, or given as a gift that you kept because someone paid “good money” for the item.  You’ve never gotten positive feedback or felt good wearing it, so where’s the value?
  • It’ll fit after your weight-loss. If this is really true, package it up in a box with all the other items that will fit someday.  Mark the box with the garment size, and remove it from your closet space.
  • Color to flatter. If the garment’s color has you looking like death-warmed-over, chances are you’ll not feel confident or attractive when wearing it.  Find out which colors allow you to look your most healthy, vibrant self, and wear them.
  • Worn around the edges? If an item is missing buttons, they can be replaced.  If the hem is tattered, or the fabric thread-bare, there’s little hope for the piece to reflect positively upon your personal image.

May you abolish your closet’s tricks, and emerge unscathed with only treats left behind.

Happy Halloween!


Patty Buccellato http://refinedimages.net/

Patty Buccellato, is an image coach and founder of Refined Images. She brings extensive knowledge and expertise to her work with men and women individually, as well as with corporate employee groups. Patty established Refined Images in 1994, and while her studio is based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, you’ll find her serving clients throughout North America in their homes, offices — and, yes, even in shopping malls!   To get your FREE copy of Patty’s “How to Shop Like a Stylist,” visit www.RefinedImages.net or contact Patty.

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