The Great Purge

the great purge
I have a confession – I like fashion. I really do.
I like clothes that, when I look in the mirror I go ‘damn, I’m hot’.

But I have a huge problem – I’m a huge impulse buyer (like, BAD). Which means that I end up with an insane amount of clothes that either don’t fit, don’t look right, or that I’ve worn once and hated – seriously hated – every minute of having that outfit on.

Lately, it’s gotten to the point where I really don’t even know what I have anymore, so I tend to wear the same 12 or so things over and over…. and over again. Much to my own frustration. So in an effort to actually be able to find clothes in my wardrobe and dresser, I embarked on ‘the great purge’… and I was RUTHLESS.

Just so we are clear, this is just ONE of our wardrobes (not to mention all the clothes that are in the dresser)
Just so we are clear, this is just ONE of our wardrobes (not to mention all the clothes that are in the dresser) AND that’s not even including my shoes….

Like insanely ruthless.

Sure I had done clean-outs of my clothes in the past, usually clothes that I just didn’t like, but this time I decided I would follow three rules:

  • If it didn’t fit me NOW, not in six months or a year from now, but me, as of right this minute, then it went bye-bye.
  • If it was something that I hadn’t worn in the last three months, or it was something I had bought when we first moved to Las Vegas (some nine years ago) and it wasn’t a piece I loved, it went bye-bye (which was actually a bigger portion of my clothes than I thought). And
  • If I cringed, even slightly when I looked at it, regardless of how expensive it was, or how on trend it was, it went bye-bye.
It doesn't look like it but all of this was in the wardrobe - pretty sneaky huh?
It doesn’t look like it but all of this was in the wardrobe – pretty sneaky huh?

Not so hard right?

Actually it was a lot harder, and more time consuming (it took an entire Saturday afternoon) than I anticipated. Part of it was because I had a lot of pieces that had cost a pretty penny (that I just didn’t wear) and the thought of getting rid of those were hard. The other part was that I realized quickly that my style has evolved over the past 5 years or so and I really hadn’t even realized it.

So even though I do love channeling my inner rock chic from time to time, and occasionally the need to wear a pencil skirt and pumps will overcome me, I’m more of a capris and flats kind of girl these days. Who knew?!

And now I can see just what I have and what (if anything) I need to buy to get me through the Las Vegas summer.
And now I can see just what I have and what (if anything) I need to buy to get me through the Las Vegas summer.

A few more realizations were that I have enough scarves to wear one a day for a full month and not wear the same one twice, twelve pairs of jeans (of which I only wear four), that I have WAY too many black jackets (seriously, I had six. Who needs six?). Oh and that I really can’t do cheap anymore. I already knew that bras and knickers of the less expensive variety didn’t work for me, but cheap t-shirts, pants, and dresses apparently don’t work for me either (everything was shapeless, clung in the wrong places or just looked and made me feel completely icky) – which in essence just means that it’s quality over quantity for this Momma from now on.

(* when I say cheap, I mean cheaply made. You can certainly pick up some high quality clothes without spending the big cash, but that’s an experiment for another day*)

So was it worth losing a Saturday afternoon? Totally. Would I do it again? Sure (I have no doubt it will need to be done with my winter wardrobe). Add in the incredible sense of accomplishment I had after it was done and I think the great purge was definitely a win (and I really, really, need to invest in a camera. I like the ability to take pics from my phone, but a camera would have done them way more justice).

So, till next time, may the fashion gods always smile on you.

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