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.
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.