A full closet but nothing to wear?
Believe me, I’ve been there!
Surely it happens to many, at least occasionally, to stare confusedly at a wardrobe full of clothes and accessories and have no idea what to wear, only to dejectedly convince themselves that they have nothing to wear and resign themselves to wearing the same things over and over again.
So if you too have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear, this article is what you need!
In fact, I’ll tell you more: the problem is so heartfelt and widespread that it is one of the requests I get most often in the messages I receive.
LET’S ANALYZE THE CAUSES OF HAVING NOTHING TO WEAR …
Only very rarely does going to stores or filling the shopping cart of our favorite online shop and hitting “Submit” really solve the problem.
On the contrary, newly purchased pieces often risk generating even more confusion and remaining unused for weeks more, if not forever.
But to solve a problem at its root, you need to start with a little root cause analysis, right?
The causes of the feeling of having nothing to wear can be different, but only rarely have anything to do with shopping.
Over the past few years, tired of finding myself bored with my own overflowing wardrobe, I have tried to get a little deeper into the problem of having nothing to wear and have identified some causes.
#1 CLOSET FULL AND NOTHING TO WEAR? TIME IS OFTEN THE NO. 1 PROBLEM
Time, it is known, is a great tyrant, and it is often its chronic lack of it that drives us to invariably and unfailingly wear the same things.
Usually, the first ones that come our way in the morning or even, simply, the ones we laid on the chair the night before.
Investing even a modicum of time-five to 10 minutes can be enough-to identify a few new looks that we could create with what we already have can yield great results.
A very useful tool that I resort to from time to time is Pinterest.
I choose an item of clothing or an accessory that I would like to make the most of and type in the search field, for example, “red bag “+ outfit (adding the word “outfit” causes precisely photos of the “worn” item to come up).
Usually, the result consists of an infinity of possible combinations made precisely with the incriminated object, from which it is then possible to select those we like best and can make with what we already own.
Sometimes my personal final version will be very different, but Pinterest still gives me a good starting point.
#2 SHOPPING WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT MATCHING OUR NEW ITEMS
Maybe we get tempted by the garment of the moment, by an accessory in an unusual color, by the oversized faux fur jacket seen on a girl passing by on the street, and we end up buying things that end up not matching with anything.
To use them, we would have to buy other garments and accessories, thus generating a whirlwind of further shopping that leads to absolutely nothing constructive.
#3 MOMENTARY LACK OF INSPIRATION
Anyone who has more than 15 things hanging in their closet also has something to wear, believe me.
The problem is that we are often uninspired, life takes over, and we just don’t feel like thinking about even new creative combinations.
The remedies are many: in addition to those already mentioned in 1. (time), you can create mood boards with photos of looks, color combinations, even landscapes and environments that inspire us.
One thing leads to another, and ideas don’t take long to pop up, usually.
#4 KEEP BUYING THE SAME THINGS
This is a mistake that I’ve made many times in the past and am still in danger of making from time to time?
Or the fact that a few years ago (it’s better now) I had reached a dizzying number of very similar skinny jeans?).
Clearly, there are garments, silhouettes and “uniforms” that suit us more than others and that make us feel comfortable, and replicating them by using different garments is not entirely wrong.
But persevering can be truly diabolical and even counterproductive to our personal style.
Sometimes it is good to get a little out of the box or give yourself a limit, impose a temporary embargo on a certain type of garment.
#5 BUYING CLOTHES AND NOT WEARING THEM
Often, however, the feeling of having nothing to put on generates an immediate urge to shop to fill this void (believe me, I’ve been there !).
#6 KEEPING THINGS THAT DON’T FIT OR DON’T MATCH OUR STYLE
Although we would like to believe that our appearance does not change over time, unfortunately it does. And this is true even for those who manage to keep their weight stable over the years or even lose weight.
In addition, even if certain things have not exactly gone out of fashion yet or are considered “classics,” lines still evolve a bit over time.
Therefore, before you decide that you have nothing to wear you need to do some wild shopping it can be useful to declutter and eliminate from your wardrobe some things:
Everything that fits us small, big, wide or tight, everything that we never really liked, everything that does not suit us. Also, everything that does not emphasize our strong points, everything that, by color or pattern, makes us feel “dull”, everything that should be taken to the seamstress before it can be worn.
Has your wardrobe shrunk by half?
All the better! What’s left is made up solely of things that make us feel top-notch, and in the morning we will no longer have to waste time selecting things we can actually wear.
P. S. When you have done this work, a little shopping is useful and granted, perhaps to fill in the wardrobe gaps you have identified.
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