I’m attempting to edit my closet. What do you do when you wear an outfit (in this case a summer cotton sundress) and people give you compliments, but at the end of the day, you think: well, that was decidedly just an ok outfit? Keep or toss?
Here’s the thing about a really tightly edited closet: Every single piece should be something you genuinely love and want to wear. This means that no matter how cute other people think the dress is, if it leaves you feeling meh, it might need to go.
So how do you make the decision to let go of an otherwise perfectly good piece? Tricia has already taken the first step: She made a good-faith effort to wear this particular dress, and it clearly was working for her — at one level, at least. I have a dress like that. It’s a gray shift with a cute ruffled neckline; every time I wear it, I get compliments. But I almost never wear it because I put it on and it just looks … boring. I feel like I can do better.
That dress needs to go. In fact, both dresses need to go, mine and Tricia’s.
The ideal edited closet consists only of pieces you love, and love to wear. If you’re on the fence about something, try restyling it — if you change up your accessories or add a cardigan or pair it with flats instead of heels, does that make it more fun to wear? Do what Tricia did and make a good faith effort to wear whatever it is you’re ambivalent about — maybe you’ll fall in love with that piece all over again. Or maybe you won’t — and that’s ok too.
It can be hard to give up on a piece you know ought to work, but you’re better off getting it out of your closet and using that space for something you really adore. That’s the whole goal of editing, after all.
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