Is It Time To Break Up With Your Wardrobe?

Not on speak­ing terms with some of your clothes? #teamCLEO share how to draw the courage to tell them to “rack” off.

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The other day, we went through our crowded wardrobe, and dis­cov­ered a cou­ple of match­ing hot pink Juicy Cou­ture velour track­suits. (Re­mem­ber how they were the fash­ion must-haves of The Noughties and had the word ‘Juicy’ shame­lessly em­bla­zoned on the butt?) We loved them so much we prac­ti­cally lived in them, yet now we feel … noth­ing. The more we dug up old clothes, the more we’d look at them and think, “Who are you?”. It was then we re­alised we both had seem­ingly grown apart, and that, quite pos­si­bly, it was time for us to (gulp) go our sep­a­rate ways. back then isn’t nec­es­sar­ily what we’d wear to work now! We’ve moved on to big­ger, bet­ter things … And, like any­one else, our tastes have sim­ply changed as we’ve grown older. Our wardrobe and we just want dif­fer­ent things nowa­days. So here’s the in­evitable: It was time to break up with some things. Not one to rush into things blindly, we wanted to pre­pare our­selves. And the ad­vice out there is all too clear: If there’s any­thing in your wardrobe you haven’t worn over the past 12 months, felt to­tally con­fi­dent in, it’s time to get rid of it.

So, was any­thing in this re­la­tion­ship worth sal­vaging? Tati Hani, Cre­ative & Mar­ket­ing Man­ager at Mimpikita ad­vises, “You know, fash­ion goes through phases and ups and downs, but you can’t hold on to things for too long. Keep your ul­ti­mate favourites, those be­spoke dresses that you made for spe­cial oc­ca­sions, and ba­sics, such as tai­lored pants, jeans, and shrugs. And I keep all my dresses. Try to sift through and throw out ‘re­place­able’ items — T-shirts, old shoes, and dam­aged jew­ellery — which you can pur­chase should you need new ones.” So here’s the dif­fi­cult part: When you fi­nally take the plunge, try not to let your emo­tions get the bet­ter of you or to as­so­ciate mem­o­ries with the gar­ment. The mo­ment you do, your hoard­ing will take over. We fig­ured, as with most things one dreads, that it was best to get in there, and get it over and done with. So we set aside an af­ter­noon, and got to work, end­ing things with our ridicu­lously over­flow­ing wardrobe. Post break-up, we learnt that, while it was good to make a clean break with some items, there were other things that still had po­ten­tial, but just needed some ex­tra at­ten­tion. For ex­am­ple, we believe one of us was an Amish woman at one point, as we un­cov­ered an alarm­ingly large num­ber of dresses and skirts that all fell mid-calf — a no-go for the ... ver­ti­cally chal­lenged. But what to do with them all? We knew we had to try to in­ject the spark back into our re­la­tion­ships with our ex­ist­ing clothes. Ever the help­ful fash­ion coun­sel­lor, Tati says, “Al­ter­ing — ei­ther short­en­ing some­thing or chang­ing the sil­hou­ette by tak­ing a gar­ment in — is a good way to re­ju­ve­nate old items. You can try to add trims — ei­ther lace or rib­bon de­tail­ing — and ex­per­i­ment; us­ing mod­ern ac­ces­sories with older sta­ples re­ally vamps them up.” Star­ing at the garbage bags of all our oldies, the voices in our heads kept say­ing, “Have you done the right thing?”. But then again, our wardrobes now look all brand new, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties seem end­less. So, while break-ups do hurt, they leave you open to a whole heap of new threads to buy and shoes to try. In fact, we’re re­bound­ing with our credit cards as we speak.

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