{closet makeover} step one :: let's see it

Here we go with the first step of our Closet Makeover: trying everything on and sorting through. I knoooow this sounds tedious and like a big waste of time, but I promise it's not! Trying something on can make you instantly remember why it has been stuck at the back of your closet for 10 years.

So, to make this process as efficient as possible, develop a "try-on template": a basic outfit that will allow you to just focus on the clothes you're trying on. For me, this means close-fitting pants, a basic tank, and....an appropriate bra {i.e. if you're trying on slinky dresses, go with a strapless; for tees, a comfortable everyday bra is good.}. Sounds silly, but you will save a lot of time and will be able to tell how the clothes would look if you were actually wearing them!

Now that you're ready, start trying on and layering!

Be brutally honest with yourself. If you consistently ignore an item of clothing, think about why - does it look worn? Is it unflattering? How long has it been in your closet? When was the last time you wore it? All of these questions should be addressed.

Remember {I had to} that you're making room for a sophisticated and useful wardrobe. I personally hold off on buying new things because of the feeling guilty about having so many clothes already, even though I don't wear the majority of them. So get rid of that literal/figurative baggage!

Make your piles:

You'll feel so accomplished when you see that final "what goes" pile! {This was mine after going through just tops.}

The next step will be discussing what to do with all those rejected clothes. Stay tuned!


  1. I need to do this. BADLY. And I think I have that same, tragic poncho haha.

    1. bahaha! and it has felt GREAT to get rid of so much. highly recommended!


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