Never Have Nothing to Wear Again

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If you’ve ever opened your closet, looked at hundreds of well dressed hangers and thought, “I have nothing to wear”, keep reading for relief.

Think about the clothing that you have accumulated over the years, the money you’ve spent, the countless hours at the mall, or in a dressing room. With all that you’ve invested in your closet, why aren’t you satisfied?

When you flip through a magazine or walk through a department store and compare your wardrobe to all of the new fashion choices, it’s hard to measure up. So you buy more.¬†When you walk through Target and see that brand new clothing is $10.00 and sometimes less, it’s hard to resist. And yet, nothing you add to your closet makes it any better for very long.

I know you are asking yourself, “Why don’t I feel good about what I wear?” “Why do I need to buy a new dress for an event that I will only wear one time?” “With all of the choices I have, why don’t I have anything to wear?”

Why you have nothing to wear

Clothes that don’t fit
Holding on to clothing that is too big or too small, especially if it is hanging in your closet is the best possible way to feel bad about yourself before you even get dressed. “I’ll never fit into that” and “I can’t believe that used to fit me” are just a couple of the phrases that will get you down. Only keep clothes that fit.

Trendy clothes that go out of style
If you bought the latest recommendation featured in your favorite magazine, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t go with anything else that you own and if it’s fashion shelf life has expired before you get to wear it. Companies pay big money to be featured in magazines and media so you will spend big money on their garments. Stick with the classics and the pieces that you really feel good in.

Impulse purchases
You buy to feel better. You buy to fit in. You buy to measure up. If any of those strategies worked, you’d be happy with your wardrobe. Stop it.

Comparison
If you keep comparing your shoes to her shoes, his jacket to your jacket and your sense of style to her sense of style, you will never be content. Only when you move from comparison to gratitude for what you already have and who you already are, can you be joyful instead of jealous.

Choice
If you go to a restaurant with hundreds of choices, you can get overwhelmed, and the quality is never as good as the small, local establishment that specializes in a few well crafted recommendations. If you are paralyzed in the cereal aisle or at The Cheesecake Factory, you can understand why all those clothing choices still aren’t making you happy.

True Cost

Until you look at the true cost of comparison, cheap clothing and excessive consumption, you’ll never have enough, you’ll never feel good about what you buy and you still wont have anything to wear. The answer is less.

Experiment by dressing with less and learn what is most important to you. When I started Project 333 (wearing 33 items or less for 3 months including clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories) a few years ago, I never thought that I would still be practicing the principals today. That’s my closet pictured above. Because of the benefits I’ve experienced, and lessons I’ve learned, I’ll never go back to a closet overflowing with clothes that I don’t like or wear.

 

 

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Comments

  1. says

    What a great idea! And I love your example of the Cheesecake Factory- it’s the one I always use as well for something that used to ‘turn my head,’ as the old saying goes, but now I see for its less valuable result. Find what you love and do it well- if we needed it, here’s another nudge.

  2. says

    Good thoughts! Sometimes they do fit… and they aren’t out of style… they’ve just been through the washing machine too many times.

  3. et says

    some of us dress according to weather and task at hand w/o regard to fashion. buy used clothes. no make up. live w/o a mirror for a month or two. give away the “jewelry and accessories”. life is not about what you (or I) look like.

  4. Ellen says

    I have the problem of having nothing to wear for 2 reasons: I get rid of clothes very easily, but do not replace with quality, the right thing, or even anything (money… you know!). I have nothing to wear, because I almost literally have nothing to wear! Second, I am pregnant with my 4th child. I never want to invest in a maternity wardrobe because I don’t know if I will ever need them again (though wish I had a child #1!!). Maternity and nursing periods really throw a major spanner in the works and I STILL don’t know how to manage that. Any ideas?

  5. says

    Living in a country like Canada, where you literally have to have two wardrobes, one for summer, and one for winter – I find myself boggled by the amount of clothes in my closet. Even if I am meticulous and separate out the two seasons, I find there’s always some intermingling and I can never seem to cut down my closet. I guess, this will be my cross to bear – my life-long journey to pare down my closet. Thanks for the post!

  6. Meg says

    I was wondering…would you share where you buy your clothes?? I truly do want less clothes with more quality – but, that’s not always easy to find. The combination of quality and my style don’t always match. You always look young and in-style, so I hope you will share!

    You are one of my daily-must-reads and I thank you!!!!

    Warmly,
    Meg

    • Ash says

      I agree with wanting to start buying quality over quantity (especially for ‘staples’ like a LBD, a few cardigans, etc.) but don’t really know where to start that ‘shift’ or where to buy from. I’ve pretty much stopped buying clothes lately (other than what I need), yet I still don’t have the income to walk into a high end chain store and blow a big pile of money on one item…I’d rather only do it for ethical reasons (ie to avoid supporting sweat shops!) or for items I wear a LOT that I end up having to replace when they wear down (like cardigans or black ballet flats). Does anyone have any suggestions on where to shop online/in Australia that might help me with this? In terms of accessories like scarves and jewellery, I like to buy off Etsy because it means I always get something that I REALLY treasure. But I’m not so comfortable buying clothes online as they may not look as good on me once I’ve tried them on :/

      I’m 24 and have been out of my uniform wearing high school for several years, so I now know what suits me and way doesn’t! I’ve also learnt that I’m a big ‘clothes’ person (as opposed to shoes or bags), so now all of my shoes other than my slippers and joggers are black. My everyday handbag is black and I have two smaller ‘going out’ clutches – one with silver ‘hard wear’ and one with ‘gold hardwear’ to match the jewellery I wear. I also have one black coat for cold winter and my work bottoms are also black (I work as a vet nurse, so have a ‘uniform’ scrub top). Add in some black socks and stockings and I can very easily put some crazy patterned and colourful dress/top/leggings, pair it with everything else and still look ‘put together’.

      Saying that, I still feel like I have a LONG way to go…because depending on what I’m doing in my life (which various a lot due to a reoccurring illness), my need for certain types of clothes changes…GAH Project 333 here I come!

  7. Angie says

    Hey i am LITERALLY out of clothes idk where they went and what is happening..but
    everything has disappeared…I dont have money, I am just a teen and i am
    out of answers! Do you know what to do?

  8. H says

    Hello, once again inspiration! Just yesterday I visited my “well-dressed hangers” and realized I could not or would not wear half (most?) of it.
    Since I was allowing myself a “putter” day yesterday, I didn’t do anything other than get dressed (one time) and go outside and enjoy the cooler weather. I did trim my roses and picked up branches and even had a bonfire!
    SO my mission today is to fill a LARGE shopping bag with shoes for Options. Funny thing about shoes, they are little statements about where I was in life , or where I hoped I was. If these statements aren’t positive or no longer apply, OUT they go and maybe someone else can use them.
    At my shop I had a trashcan, very cute and clean that I used to store plastic shopping bags in an attempt to recycle them. Now I’m going to fill those bags with clothes I hope someone else really needs. Maybe when I get to the bottom of that can of bag, I will be to the back of my closet! Bonus!

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