How often do you spend time just PLAYING with your clothes?
I’d be willing to bet that 98% of you responded, “Ummm, I do that approximately … never.” And that’s normal! Because hey, we’re busy humans, and thimpling around with the contents of our wardrobes probably falls right between “clean out bellybutton” and “alphabetize old mix tapes” on the life priority list.
But here are some reasons to move it on up:
You forgot how much stuff you own
Whoa, where did that fuchsia, sequin-embellished tee come from? SO CUTE! Why haven’t I worn that yet? Oh yeah, it’s been squished between my pilly gray slacks and my oversized black duster from 1993. Now hold the phone, is that an electric blue miniskirt I see? I would look so hot in that …
You have unworn, unmated items
And yes, if they’ve been unworn and unmated for 8 years they are officially unboyfriendable and should be donated. But if you’ve bought something adorable and not worn it yet because there’s no easy outfit at your fingertips, playtime can totally help. Put it on, and just start throwing other items into the mix. You’ll NEVER find it a soulmate if you just let it languish.
You have combinations in there that won’t emerge without a little help
Some items are natural matches. Some need a little coaxing. More coaxing than the mad, 20-minutes-till-I-catch-the-bus scramble can offer. Throw a bunch of colors and textures and eras of clothing onto your bed and start shuffling. You’ll be pattern-mixing and neutral-shunning in no time.
You’re probably about due for a purge
Remember those pilly gray slacks? Yeah. Those can go.
You’re underutilizing your accessories
That tunic is so cute, but it makes me look like a curveless wonder. Maybe an obi belt would work? Or a hip-slung belt? But then, it’s still kinda boring. A chunky necklace might overwhelm it, but maybe a little scarf action?
Staycations are all the rage these days: If you’re taking time off to kick around your house, block off a few hours to get creative with your clothes. And even if you’re not partaking of stay- or vay-cay, try to squeeze this in before the end of the month. Now’s the time to capitalize on your wardrobe’s bounty so that you’re excited by your own style.
Shopping schmopping! A little prance through the playground of your own closet and you’ll feel set for the season.
Image courtesy bitsnbobbins. (Thanks, Tricia!)
Originally posted 2009-08-13 05:50:00.