After living so long in sweatpants during the Covid lockdown, women are finding that their closets, filled with suits, formal shoes, blazers, purses, etc., can feel like vintage clothes from another era. Further, many companies are allowing employees to work from home or have changed their in-office rules to a hybrid combo of virtual and in-office. As a result, looks created in the “before Covid times” often seem irrelevant today. It’s not only the move to more casual work dress, but also a wish to simplify life after nearly two years of complicated uncertain times.
At Q, Contrary we think the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to take a good hard look at what’s in your closet. Start by sorting your clothes into three piles:
Now you’ll have to use your critical thinking skills to determine what you should sell/give away and what should go into the dumpster. I like to start with what should go into the dumpster or to a new home. Here are my top five picks:
I have a few other tips regarding clothes and accessories that need to go. They include anything you have multiples of (You don’t need 10 black turtlenecks.), things you used to like but now dislike, and anything you haven’t worn or only worn once. The end goal is to get rid of what you don’t need to not only free up space, but to see what you really do need. If you still can’t figure it out, bring it to me, and I’ll help you.
Regarding what you should keep, I suggest staples (clothing and accessories you can incorporate with any brand), basic pieces, layering pieces and, of course, things your like and have worn in the last year.
Going forward, keep in mind that “less is more”, and buy less but buy better. Closets don’t have to be full. Buying quality always trumps cheap and trendy. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have a few trendy items for each season but consider quality ready-to-wear or even custom for much of your wardrobe budget. In the long run, you’ll look better and feel more confident in your clothes. You may even find that you’re spending less.
I’m Mary from Q. Contrary wishing you a happy and prosperous 2022. Check out my shop in Phoenix at 3168 East Camelback Road or visit my online store. I’d love to help you with your wardrobe needs.