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Spring is by far the most popular time when I receive this text: ‘HELP! My closet is a mess!’ After being in this business for 15 years and painfully struggling with my own wardrobe for more years than that (I will NOT announce that official number out loud) I have come up with 7 good questions to ask yourself as you go through your wardrobe purge. They read as follows:
1.) Does this fit?
If the dress does not fit you must…get rid of it! Yes you may feel like you spent money on something that you can no longer use, but just because a pair of jeans is sitting in your closet doesn’t mean they’re being used either. Set that top free, kick off those slightly too large or too small shoes and donate them! Life is busy and stressful enough as is, why do you need to worry about fitting into something you don’t need…NEXT!
2.) Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
Did you wear it last year? If not, then what makes you think you’ll wear it this year? Unless you are trying to preserve a 2020’s capsule collection for your future grandkids to wear ironically at some music festival in 25 years, those clothes aren’t going to be touched. Thank you…NEXT!
3.) Is it likely I will ever wear this again?
Dovetailing from above (miss you Prince), look at the item and honestly try to come up with several occasions in which you will wear that piece again. And I’m talking about actually wearing them, not some fictitious scenario where the fashion world nosedives into an Ann Taylor Loft Librarian Chic vibe. To quote the wise Regina George…
4.) Is it currently in style/does it accurately represent my style?
I loved 2010. I had a great time. Had a lot of laughs. That being said, I will no longer recommend or where chevron prints ever again. Just because it was once in style, doesn’t make it forever in style (exceptions to the rule are Gucci and Chanel. Those will always be hot). Similarly, your style will change over time. 2010 Aimée was fun then. 2022 Aimée is different. Move on and say…NEXT!
5.) If it is damaged in any way, will I make the effort to fix it in the near future?
In 2013 my friends dog slightly tore my favorite top at the time. I immediately said: ‘Oh it’s fine I’ll just get this fixed.’ That was 9 years ago and that top has not been fixed. Give yourself 2 months, if not hit them with the Arianna Grande…
6.) If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
Do you ever look through your closet and think…’what was I thinking?’ If the answer is yes, welcome to fashion and also a resounding “It’s ok we’ve all done it” from a very powerful group of women that once endorsed shoulder pads. Don’t go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and the lakes and the…Next!
7.) And most importantly, do I feel confident when I wear this?
Look good, feel good. Feel good, play good. Deion Sanders is a hall of fame football player, but he would also have had an incredible career as a personal stylist (the salaries and fame are roughly the same). If you don’t feel great in an outfit, it’s not for you. Stop looking at something in your closet that doesn’t make you exude excitement. So one last time and loud so all the people can hear…NEXT!
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This Friday, April 8th I will be emceeing the Legacy Donor Foundation Luncheon and Fashion Show. This is my 4th time hosting and I am so excited to be help this wonderful foundation. What is the Legacy Donor Foundation? Legacy Donor Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to save and heal lives by inspiring Louisiana residents to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. They accomplish this through education, outreach and advocacy. Legacy envisions a culture where all Louisiana citizens are committed to giving LIFE through organ, eye and tissue donation.
To learn more, donate and/or attend the luncheon visit: https://organawareness.org/
Signing off from the real life red carpet…
With style and grace,