Every year I write a spring closet cleaning story and every year it gets easier. You’d think that it wouldn’t. How many different ways can you say, get rid of what you don’t wear.
Well considering that their are hundreds of books on the subject and lucrative careers based on the concept, there are more than a few ways to say it after all.
In this column, I encouraged the full-length mirror test. I think the column is easy to write each year, because this is what I have to do myself. It’s a constant struggle, but when I practice what I preach the battle gets easier.
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So while you’re rooting around in the closet looking for your sandals and tank tops, it’s a good time to reassess your wardrobe before you do any spring shopping.
If you do not own a full-length mirror, buy one stat. You can’t dress properly if you can’t see yourself. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, the cheap $10 hang-on-the-back-of-the-door variety works fine. But make sure you’ve got good lighting and enough room to back up and turn around.
Look at yourself from every angle, not just the front. You want to be the first person to notice that there’s a hole on the left cheek of your pants before you leave the house.
OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, don’t just pack your winter clothes. Scrutinize them. Did you wear it? Did you like wearing it? Does it need repair? Does it still fit? Does it add real value and diversity to your wardrobe or is it just something to throw on when everything else is dirty?
And finally, is it really worth packing or should you put it in the charity pile? End of season is a great time to let things go because by the time you’ll wear it again, you’ll probably have forgotten about it. Dump the dead weight in your closet to make room for the things you truly love and that truly flatter you.
Photo by Stephanie S. Cordle of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Check out our spring fashion shoot here at “Frolic in flirty spring fashions.” It’s a cheesy headline and I hate the word “fashions” but sometimes I choke! Fun photo shoot fact: We shot this on location in the loft of St. Louis designer and “Project Runway” alum Michael Drummond, who designs a line called Exquisite Corpse. That’s his bed the model is jumping on. We used two of his dresses in the shoot, but as you can guess by his line’s name and the word “corpse” he doesn’t have a happy-go-lucky design aesthetic. His stuff is ferocious, but we picked the happiest pieces from the bunch.