I take good care of my clothes, which is why they last quite a while. I still have several pieces of clothing from high school (which I left 10 years ago). However, not all of them actually get worn. There was a sizeable chunk of my wardrobe that I hadn’t worn in years. While I have thought a great deal about how I had to be more ruthless with my wardrobe, in reality this just translated to not buying stuff (which I’m good at) and not actually throwing stuff out (which I’m bad at). Then I decided to start getting a bit healthier. Over the past six months, I have lost some weight, and I am now working out so in addition to the weight loss my body composition is also changing. This means that a lot of my clothes just don’t fit very nicely anymore – which is exactly the motivation I needed to get rid of them. I don’t just want cute or comfortable clothes now: I want clothes I actually look good in. If it’s a beautiful dress but it makes me look frumpy, I don’t want it. That’s not what I’m putting in the work for.* So what better time to finally try on ALL my clothes and donate those that just don’t make me happy?
After a few hours of fitting, I ended up with three piles: Goes back in closet; needs altering; and donate. Contrary to popular belief no ‘discard’ pile is necessary if you just don’t put irreparably damaged or stained stuff back in your wardrobe.
I was pleasantly surprised that some of my clothes actually fit me better now! Particularly the vintage items I have. I didn’t lose that much weight – barely one ready-to-wear clothing size – so I guess I went from ‘slightly bigger than intended’ to ‘slightly smaller than intended’ for these pieces.
In the end, I donated three full trash bags of clothing. And, as with all my other decluttering efforts, what amazes me is that after getting rid of so much, I still have so much:
And now I really need to get myself some trousers that fit properly...
* Technically I am putting in the work to improve my overall health and invest in my future by decreasing my chances of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and various other ailments. Looking good is a very, very welcome side-effect.