It’s almost the end of January. You look in your wardrobes in despair – all those clothes you never wear. You’ll have to buy some new ones.
Are you sure?
Do any of these 25 excuses for keeping or buying new clothes resonate with you?
The Practical Excuses = 10
- This could look great on me but I have no idea what needs to be done to alter it.
- I know what needs to be done to alter or repair it but I don’t know where to get it done.
- It needs repairing but I haven’t done it because other things about it annoy me (eg It’s fiddly to iron.)
- I’ve lost weight but I’m not game to alter it permanently because I‘ll probably put the weight back on again.
- I can repair or alter this myself but I just haven’t got around to it.
- I am not getting rid of this because it cost me a lot of money. It’s too good to give away.
- I know these clothes are ‘out-of-date’ but I don’t know what to buy to replace them.
- These clothes don’t look good on me anymore as my hair colour has changed and I don’t know what now suits me.
- I keep buying the same thing over and over again (eg black pants) because I don’t know what else to buy.
- I’m ready to give them away but I don’t know who to give them to.
The Dream Excuses = 5
- I’m keeping this and will wear it when I lose weight.
- I’m keeping this and will wear it when I go back to work.
- I’m keeping this for when I am invited to a special dress-up event.
- I’m keeping this for when I need to wear ‘good’ clothes.
- I’m keeping this for wearing when I am accepted as a member of that important club or organisation I want to be part of.
The ‘Hard to Admit to Anyone’ Excuses = 9
- This is not really me but I am keeping it because I wear it to please someone else.
- This was given to me. I didn’t know how to say ‘no’. I don’t like it. I am not game to get rid of it as I meet that person often.
- I was poor when I was young and now I buy lots of clothes I rarely wear so that I feel good about myself now.
- I was bored when I bought this and I don’t really need it, like it or wear it.
- This has things I don’t like about it but I am keeping it and wearing it because it fits/the colour is right/or someone likes me in it.
- I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this. It was in fashion at the time but on me it looks a disaster.
- I will finish making that dress/skirt/top one day or even make something with that material that has been stored for over a year.
- I have unworn clothes stored everywhere and people are getting frustrated with me.
- These were my comfort clothes when I was ill/sick/facing a medical challenge and I just haven’t got rid of them.
The Biggest Excuse of All – No 25
It’s all too hard! I have no idea where to start. Everything can just stay where it is and I’ll do it later.
All You Have to Do
Take the first step only. Do not overwhelm yourself.
There are options –
- tackle one part at a time yourself;
- have an ‘In-Home Style Your Wardrobe Session’;
- buy the ‘Wardrobe Full, Nothing to Wear’ Home Study Program and work through it one chapter a month;
- learn what really suits you so that you know what to clear out and what to buy that you will wear often
- or talk to me about what I can do individually for you to help you only have and wear a wardrobe of clothes that you love.