Once you have cleaned and sorted your wardrobe into keep , donate and maybe piles-Its time to have a closer look at the clothes which are in the maybe pile-I learn from my mistakes (Or at-least I try too…..lol)-going through the maybe pile made me realize that most of the clothes which were in that pile were due to the same reason-
My Body Type vs On Trend vs My favorite blogger’s body type.
All of us have different body types and picking up clothes based on what you see look good on others or whats currently the hottest trend is a disaster in making- I seem to make this mistake pretty often.
One of the blogs that I regularly read is Extra Petite-Jean has incredible style and really knows how to dress for her body type.She is petite and looks great in cropped jackets, after seeing her look so great in cropped jackets here,here,and here -I went out and purchased one.
(I am 5’10″-The antithesis of petite)
Even in the dressing room the cropped jacket didn’t feel right-It hit my torso at a weird place making me look taller and kind of frumpy.I decided to be a
idiot trooper and buy it anyways but haven’t worn it even once .
Dress for my body type not someone else’s.
The Fit Counts.
Its important to buy things which fit right,right now-Not when I am ten pounds lighter (I lost another 4 pounds-Yay!!).I at times will buy things which I think are a great deal, but dont fit right-In my head, I assume I will go to the seamstress and get it altered.
I got this jacket from Old Navy about 2 years back for $10-it was a good find but a horrible fit-I got it in a size medium and it was way to loose.I assumed that I would get it altered to fit right-It took me about 3 months to finally find a seamstress and when I did, I got to know that the alteration would cost $80-it didn’t make sense to spend $80 to get the jacket altered and it has been sitting in my closet ever since.
Its important to factor in what the alterations are going to cost when you buy something which doesn’t fit right.
Contrast that with the pink sweater that I recently purchased from J Crew-It fits beautifully and drapes right.I did spend more on it but I have worn it a couple of times already and absolutely love it.
When buying clothes the fit of the clothes is incredibly important.
Buy clothes which are age appropriate
When I first moved to the US and started my masters degree, I shopped a lot at Forever21,Charlotte Russe and Old Navy-The clothes were very on trend but they never lasted and were not professional.Fast forward 2 years,I completed my masters program and got a job in a corporate environment-and I had nothing, well almost nothing to wear.Its important to pick clothes which reflect the phase of life you are in and what you want to convey-Cute dresses,printed tops (The one in the picture above is from Limited) are great for college but not so much for a work environment.
Over the last year I have invested in key pieces, which have helped build my professional wardrobe-I still will shop at forever21 from time to time but only come home with a purchase, if it fits my wardobe requirements today.
I know some of these tips are common sense but I made these mistakes knowing that fit matters , knowing that I need to dress for my body type-Over the last couple of weeks as I have started this closet organization series, I have been a lot more conscious of my purchases and every-time I shop I ask myself
-Does it fit right?
-Do I love it.
-It it appropriate for the place and stage of life, where I am at today.
Result-I have shopped a lot less and come home with stuff I absolutely love.