You swing open your closet doors to look for something to wear. After several minutes of rummaging through your humongous collection of clothes, you end up flailing your arms in exasperation and crying out, “I have nothing to wear!”
Then you realize that you still have a couple of unopened shopping bags in one corner, and so you rush to open them. Brand-new tops and skirts, still with price tags on them. But you toss them angrily, not wanting to wear them at all.
Did I just describe you?
You are not alone. This is a problem that a lot of women go through. Despite having a closet that can rival a mini boutique, you still can’t find anything to wear. So, let me help you unravel this bizarre conundrum for you. Here are 7 reasons why you have nothing to wear!
Why You Have Nothing to Wear
1. You Are Totally Uninspired
Your emotional and mental state have an effect on your getting dressed process. Maybe you’ve been under the weather the past few days, or you’ve got too much on your plate.
Putting on clothes requires creative thinking at times. If you are burdened by something negative that is happening in your life, your mind cannot function properly.
HOW TO FIX IT: Get to the root of your funk. Are you bored? Sad? Stressed? A little down? Catch up with a friend or a family member to help boost your spirits! Peruse blogs, magazines, and Pinterest to find some new outfit inspiration.
2. Cheapskate Purchases
Revelation: you have never purchased clothes that have quality. You are the bargain shopper, or you only buy clothes when they're on sale. Sometimes sale items are very limited in design and cut. Maybe they don’t flatter your figure or you just bought them because they were cheap.
So now that you’re trying them on, you realize the sleeves show your arms (which you usually try to hide), or the style of shirt is making your neck look shorter, or you are simply aghast at this mini skirt you bought that you’d never wear in a million years.
HOW TO FIX IT: There are many affordable pieces of clothing that would make you look great. Don’t be deceived by clearance sales. You deserve to wear clothes that are worth more than a next to nothing shirt made out of cheap fabric. Include clothes in your monthly or quarterly budgeting. Shop less but buy better.
3. You Are a Clothes Hoarder
You’re the type who keeps clothes that you bought when you were 16. Now that you’re 35, isn’t it time to clear out your closet of things you haven’t worn in years? Maybe they have sentimental value, or you find them pretty. But, come on, they’re just clothes!
One big mistake most women make is the shocking volume of clothes that they still keep. How can you find something to wear when you’re looking at a mountain of clothes from different decades? That outdated low-rise jeans or the padded blouse are still there. But, you protest, “They might come back in style!”
You should only keep something because you like it and wear it. Not because you think you need to keep it just in case it comes back in style so you can look trendy.
HOW TO FIX IT: Take a day out to sort your closet. Pick clothing items that you haven’t worn in the last year, bag them up, and donate them to the needy. Or sell them if they are still in great condition. You’d be delighted to find about 60 percent of your closet has been cleared up! And now you have more room for the new stuff you'll actually like and wear.
4. You Have No Personal, Unique Style
Ever since you can remember, you’ve just been copying how others dress. Or you buy clothes that are pretty, but only pretty on the hanger—and you're not thrilled how they look on you. This is because you haven't discovered your personal style at all. Don’t fret. You’re not alone!
This is why every time you open your closet to dress up, you’re not excited. And when you put on your clothes, you hate the way you look. Why? You’re not comfortable in them. You feel that they don’t represent your personality at all.
HOW TO FIX IT: Go to Pinterest and browse through fashion and apparel, and you’re bound to find a style that you will fall in love with. Also, find your body type. Are you pear-shaped? Apple-shaped? Then search for ideas online on how to dress according to your body type. Your transformation will be dramatic.
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5. Your Closet Lacks Variety
Perhaps as a stay-at-home mom for several years now, your closet is only filled with casual items—clothes such as joggers and leggings that you purchase because they fit your current lifestyle. It's important to dress for your current life, don't get me wrong, but you don’t have a fancier dress, a good pair of jeans, or something really nice to wear.
Now that you’re suddenly back in the corporate jungle, or are invited to a black-tie event, you are suddenly perplexed. All you have are sweats and t-shirts!
HOW TO FIX IT: Invest in a few pieces that are staples, even if you don't wear them all the time, like a little black dress. You never know how your life will turn out. Don’t keep a mindset that your current lifestyle will be your permanent one. Invest in a few varieties of clothing for different types of occasions. Just don't fill your wardrobe with these occasional pieces!
6. Too Much Variety
Say you like to think of yourself as a fashionista, and so your closet is filled to the brim with unique, stylish, and chic pieces. But there are too many of them! If your closet were holding music instead of clothes, you’d find many genres, subgenres, and sub-sub genres in them. This can be overwhelming.
Looking at a thousand different styles can make you feel lost. Too many choices and you will always be left undecided. You need to streamline!
HOW TO FIX IT: Spend time segregating stuff in your closet, and try basing them on your feelings. Only keep those that excite you on a high level. Those that make you feel meh or so-so are the mediocre ones— donate them. Once you clear out a lot of your pieces, you will see your closet with fresh eyes and it will be fun to dress up all over again!
7. You Keep Purchasing the Same Stuff
You open your closet, and you have three of the same kind of sweater, only in different colors. Or, all your skirts are A-lined. You have six pairs of jeans, and they all have the same light-blue color. Or the only print you’ve ever entertained in your life is floral.
You’ve been buying the same kind of clothes and style throughout the years because they look nice on you. Over time, you’d naturally get tired of the redundancy and the monotony. No wonder you’ve got nothing to wear—you've quite literally have had nothing new in your closet for a long time now!
HOW TO FIX IT: I think it's important that the majority of your wardrobe be filled with versatile, staple pieces that you love, however, try stepping out of your comfort zone a little! Explore other styles. It is absolutely impossible that there are no other styles that look great on you. Add a couple of new, trendier pieces here and there to spice up your wardrobe. When out shopping, try on something that is "not you,” and I think you’d be surprised how a lot of other designs and styles can actually look better than you'd think!
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