Teacher Style: Purging Your Closet
Once you’ve created a Pinterest board for your style and then shopped your closet to create outfits, you will probably find there are several pieces that you simply don’t want anymore. They may be the wrong size, or worn, or just something that is not ‘you’ anymore.
After creating my outfits, my purge pile looked like this:
There were several reasons I decided not to keep a particular item.
This blouse seems really great in theory, but I just couldn’t place it with an outfit and knew I’d avoid wearing it anyhow.
This top was one of those ‘it may be an XXS, but it’s on sale and someday I’ll be that small so I should just get it’ purchases. Out it goes!
I have always loved this top, but it’s a bit faded and it was time to pass it on. Sometimes it’s the shirts you love the most, but are faded and used as a lazy outfits, that need to move on.
I wore this top a lot last year- just threw it on with a pair of jeans and called it a day. It’s frumpy on me, shows my back when I bend over and just isn’t a good look overall. So cute on the hanger, but again, a lazy choice for me and needed to go.
Shoes are the worst! They look SO pretty on the shelf, and even on your feet, but can give you killer blisters while you teach. I wore these teal shoes on the first day of school last year and my heels were bleeding by lunchtime. The blue shoes are so heavy that the straps dig in to my foot when I try to walk in them. I hated saying goodbye, but I need shoes I can feel good in!
Now these shoes look like you could teach in them all day! I thought so, too, when I bought them last year. But they are so stiff around the edge that it rubs on my foot and again-gives me blisters! Ya can’t win, I tell ya. Adorable, but out.
Don’t be afraid to put an item in the purge pile-I know the emotional attachment can be strong! There were items that I really loved and had to tell myself-it doesn’t work anymore. It’s faded, or it’s too small/big, or it just isn’t flattering. I used my husband as a place for advice as well-he was pretty honest about what flattered and what didn’t.
Go ahead and purge your closet of any clothes that are holding you back. Clothes that are lazy options for you, even though you know they just don’t work. Clothes that are too small and make you feel guilty every time you see them. Shoes that are beautiful, but give you bleeding blisters when you wear them. Clean out your closet and make room for some fabulous new pieces that make you feel GREAT!
PS-Want to know what to do with all those purged clothes? Hold a CLOTHING SWAP!