“My clothes have a story. They have an identity. They have a character and a purpose. That is why they become classics. Because they keep telling a story. They are still telling it.”-Vivienne Westwood
What is a cardinal sign of a healthy wardrobe?
Well, for one it is definitely not a closet that is seemingly bursting at the seams from way too many clothes. It is a wardrobe excellently curated by its owner and is filled with clothes that do not only suit the wearer’s taste and preference but would also be versatile enough to work on any occasion and season. But, as women, we are conditioned to believe that having way too many clothes is preposterous and that there is no such thing. If you ask me, this sentiment has been engineered by clothing retailers and streetwear wholesale distributors as a clever marketing ploy to drive their product sales up.
Unfortunately, we bought into it, and we have long accepted the statement as fact. It has now been an ingrained conviction of most women who have a penchant for fashion that she can never have enough clothes. However, if you are truly a fashion-forward individual, you know where to draw the line between having enough sartorial variety and impulsively getting what is considered stylish and haute couture by purveyors of fashion. If you are the latter, then you need to address the problem as soon as you possibly can. While at the outset having way too many clothes than what is deemed necessary might be something you can overlook, it does not bode well for your wardrobe.
Furthermore, it makes getting dressed in the mornings even more confusing than it already is. With so many clothing items to choose from, selecting just one from the myriad and mountain of clothing can be a bit of a challenge. Moreover, the sartorial ensembles you would ultimately choose every single day would not always be guaranteed to be a success. As you have way too many options to select from day by day, this could be a hit or miss thing—most especially if your closet is a hodgepodge of clothing styles.
However, how can you be positively sure that you have way too much going on in your wardrobes?
Where do you draw the line between an impulsive clothing hoarder and a judicious sartorial collector? Well, take a gander at your closets, observe the contents inside and see if you can relate to any of the things stated below:
1.) You have clothes in the back of your closet with the tags still attached
An excellent way to identify whether you have an existing closet problem is to take out all of the
contents of your closet and check them. If you find clothes that you have long forgotten and are still in pristine condition with their tags intact, then yes, you do have a problem. You might even be surprised to know that you own this stuff and may have forgotten that you thoughtlessly purchased them a couple of years ago. Check just how many unused clothes you have in your closet. If it accounts for more than forty percent of your total clothing items, you might want to reevaluate your shopping habits.
2.) You have more than one closet that is filled to maximum capacity
Your closets might not exactly be large enough to accommodate a lot of clothes. However, all of them are full enough to warrant a justified purging. Although they may not be grand nor are they immensely big, but if you are stuffing them with a hundred shirts and twenty pairs of pants more, then you might as well consider your single closet as two separate wardrobes. In this regard, you would already have at least over two hundred shirts and sixty pants. From there, assess just how often you would wear each item of clothing inside. If there is a chance that you would not even wear particular clothing at least once in every three months, what is that even doing there? The average woman would only wear at least 30-50 shirts throughout the year—sixty if we are being generous. From this number, we can readily assume that the remaining hundred or so shirts in your closet are forgotten and neglected.
3.) You purchase hangers in lots of 100
Who needs that many clothes hangers? Well, individuals with bursting closets do. If you are the type of individual who routinely buys new clothing each week, then you would soon find that you might need more hangers than necessary. For this reason, you elect to buy them in bulk—a definitive sign that you have way too many clothes stuffed in your wardrobes.
4.) You have a dedicated pile of clothes
For a while now, you have stopped storing your clothes in your closet and have now resigned to putting them in a dedicated pile in some established area of your room. It might be that your wardrobe can no longer hold any more clothes and you have resigned to just putting them on top of each other. If that pile exists in your room and you are not just being lazy, it might be that you have way too many clothes to realistically manage—especially if you cannot even identify what is in the pile.
5.) Your regular wash involves more new clothes than dirty laundry
You can easily pick this sign up if you notice you have more new clothes going into the wash than actual dirty clothes. Moreover, take a look at your waste bins and see just how many price tags you have discarded over the past few months. If you have more price tags than actual trash in your bins, then yes, you have way too many clothes than what you can realistically wear.
6.) You buy because it is on sale
More often than not, you find yourself buying items that you would not necessarily wear on a regular basis. In fact, you do not have something in your closets that would go with them, but you buy them in the belief that you will eventually have something that matches with it. You justify these purchases with the fact that they are on sale despite having no real care or interest for them.
7.) You own duplicates of one clothing
While generally, it is acceptable to have at least two colors of one style you find yourself particularly fond of, it is not a practical shopping habit to rely on for every clothing item you purchase. If you own duplicates (and even triplicates) of your closet’s contents, then, needless to say, you have way too many clothes than you can manage. Besides, just think of how you can realistically wear these clothing items in a month or even in year? Sure, they might be in different colors, but it is hardly likely that you would wear a singular style for the entire week. Of course, you would want to change it up every once in a while which leaves your duplicates unnecessary most of the time.
8.) You have stopped hanging your clothes and have tossed them in a separate bedroom in the house or somewhere else
You have finally admitted defeat and accepted the fact that you have way too many clothes than
necessary. All of your three closets are used up and filled to maximum capacity, and yet, you could not find it in your heart to stop acquiring new clothes. So, instead of buying new closets or hangers, you have simply resigned to the habit of placing your old clothes in another separate bedroom. You pile them on top of each other and have no idea of what is even in the pile. At times, you can no longer see the floor because of all the discarded clothes. If this is you, then without a doubt, you have way too many clothes than necessary.
If any of the statements above apply to you, then you might just have way too many clothes and might need to purge your wardrobes from the clothing items that are unnecessary. In this regard, you should endeavor to improve the quality of your clothes rather than its quantity. Start little and work your way up. By admitting to yourself that the problem exists, you might find it easier to purge your closets from inessential items. Once you do that, you are a step closer to a healthier wardrobe and better clothing ensembles.