7 Signs It’s Time To Upgrade Your Wardrobe

It is hard to see that you have been hoarding clothes that you never want to wear and ignore all signs that it is time to upgrade your wardrobe. It can be hard to admit that a quarter of the clothes you have hanging in your closet no longer work. There is guilt over the fact that you have spent rent on it, and this guilt is tainted by the fear that you will want to wear the 2005 dress on any Wednesday in seven months.

So you turn a blind eye and pretend that you’re reaching for that one peasant top that you kind of hate, or that you’ll find a way to style that confusing, ornate pencil skirt next season. But that only makes it harder for you, because the more options you have, the less you wear. This means that you’re distracting attention from the really amazing pieces in your wardrobe that can make you look really fabulous. So how do you know when enough is enough? How do you get yourself to admit that it’s time to retire one piece and upgrade another? First, take everything out of your closet and prepare yourself for some tough decisions. Then follow these seven signs that show you that it’s time to upgrade your wardrobe and the process could become easier.

1. Put Everything That You Don’t Totally Love Into One Pile

Do you know that you have certain pieces in your closet that cause you to make Sound of Music-like fuss in your hallway? These are your top purchases; the pieces that really fit your style and make you excited when you dress in the morning. Now imagine you have a whole closet full of them. That can be done. Be brutally honest with yourself and separate every piece in your wardrobe that does not trigger these feelings. Granted, go through a lot of basics (I don’t know if a collar shirt has ever made me feel like waving sparklers), but swing the hammer if you’re just not comfortable with a particular staple. You can always upgrade it and replace it with a better, more interesting version.

If you’re brave enough to admit that you just don’t feel anything about some items, you’ll cut a large part of the surplus out of your wardrobe. After all, it’s better to have a few pieces in which you feel really beautiful and in which you like yourself than a ton of pieces in which you just feel dull.

2. Accept That There’s No Such Thing As “One Day”

Are there pieces in your wardrobe that you keep skipping because you think you might wear them the day after? Maybe you just don’t have the right top to combine them with, or not the perfect pair of shoes. Or maybe it’s been hanging in your closet for three years and the labels are still on it. It’s time to face the music, my dear: the piece has to go. That will never happen, and if it does, only a couple of times. An item that is worn once a year doesn’t deserve a place in your wardrobe.

3. Keep Your Lifestyle In Mind

We have all made shopping mistakes when we bought pieces that were not suited to our lifestyle, and therefore they never worked. You bought a piece that focused on what you would hopefully be one day, rather than buying a piece that focused on who you already are. Maybe you invested in a great pair of high heels when in reality you are wearing a pair of sneakers and shorts. Or maybe you bought a tight little mini dress, although you actually live in jeans for your boyfriend. Whatever it was, it was wishful thinking. And it’s also a constant reminder that you want to be different than you already are – why would you want that in your life? Love who you are now, and clean up everything that should fit you in an alternate universe. You have a beautiful life now, and you should have nothing to keep you from appreciating it.

4. Toss Anything That’s Worn Out

Do you have a dress that unravels at the hem, sweaters that pile up, cardigans with small holes at the back? Maybe sandals with abraded toes or pants that just don’t fit right anymore? Throw them away. If you can notice these details, then other people can notice these details too. If you really loved a certain style, you can find it again with a clever shop chase – you won’t feel comfortable wearing it in all its run-down glory, so there’s no point in keeping it. Say goodbye to him and make peace with him.

5. Toss Anything That Feels Dated

Trends change in the blink of an eye and, what is even crazier, sometimes trends develop with small optimizations that make a big difference. For example, palazzo pants became high pants with a wide waist, which in turn developed into high waist-bell pants. Or crop tops became turtleneck tops, which later became racing crop tops. So if you have one of the earlier models, you might feel a little off when you put them on, which is not too much fun when you dress up. Go through your wardrobe and donate anything that feels passive. You probably wouldn’t wear it too often anyway, so you might as well make room for the pieces you originally wanted to reach for.

6. File Down On Duplicates

We are all to blame for this: there is a certain style that we love, and we keep buying duplicates, triplicates, quadruplicates of it. For me, it’s all striped. For one of my friends, it’s black leather marbles. But the bottom line is you absolutely don’t need 12 different versions of the same thing. You should invest in one piece because it gives you a feeling – and if you have a handful of pieces that give you the same feelings and the same vibrations to an outfit, then, well, it’s superfluous. Put the collection together and give yourself the chance to introduce items that add different elements to your outfits.

7. Ask Yourself: If This Was In Stores Now, Would I Buy It?

This is the easiest way to plow through your excuses. Ask yourself this simple question: If this was on sale now, would I buy it? Would I at least go over there? If the answer is a resounding no, then you know you’re just not interested anymore. Maybe because it no longer fits your style, maybe because it feels outdated, or maybe because it feels down-and-out, but whatever the reason, it just doesn’t fit in your closet anymore. Put it on the “no” pile and make room for the parts that still fit.

You’ll have a more organized, better wardrobe in no time, and you’ll feel less guilty about not having to look at these “I spent so much money on this, but I’ve never worn it” pieces.