The Edit

Sunday, March 29, 2015

 As I sit here typing this I am trying to recall the number of blogs, articles, books, and websites that I have  read that offered up advice on how to edit and organize your closet. I can't think of a number because there have been so many. I am all about closet organization, but it is the advice on editing down your closet that I am starting to have an issue with. 

When the seasons change we feel obliged to not only clean our homes, but clean out our closets in order to make room for garments appropriate for the new season. Standing frustrated and overwhelmed in our closets, we hold up each piece and debate whether or not we should keep it. If you are like me then you start to feel a tinge of separation anxiety in your gut. I always ask myself "What if I am going to need this"? Sometimes you don't, but sometimes you actually do. The "How to Edit Your Closet" articles will attempt to convince you otherwise. 

A lot of people live by the age old fashion rule that if you haven't worn an item in six months to a year then it doesn't belong in your closet. It sounds logical and like good advice to follow, especially if you don't want to end up on an episode of hoarders, but it is also completely subjective. The fun of being a fashion and personal style enthusiast is kind of being a curator of your favorite trends and rediscovering the lost items that you love in your closet. I will not argue when it comes to tossing out those items that are ill-fitting, damaged, or make you feel like crap when you look in the mirror. Those are the items that need to go. Do yourself a favor and avoid the great debate about whether or not you should keep something if you still like it and you think that there is a chance that you may wear it again ... JUST KEEP IT!! After all you did spend your money on it and brain surgery it is not.

My last point on this closet editing issue, and then I will digress, is that if we all edit our closet down to the basics, what will happen to the creativity and individuality that defines personal style?! After all street style is made and owned by those who take trends and make it look like they came up with the shit themselves. Fashion is supposed to ring true to who you are. It is supposed to be personal, hence the phrase personal style ... and fun.

So to all of you guys and gals like me who genuinely enjoy shopping and creating different looks with all of the amazing garments that make up your over sized wardrobe, keep being yourself, keep being awesome, and hold on to all of those wonderful pieces as long as your fashion loving heart desires. Having a load of clothes doesn't make you less stylish!

Until Next Time, 
Vanessa A. 


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