It’s that time of year when many of us make resolutions and contemplate self-improvement. According to a study done by Statistic Brain, 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Of that 45%, only 8% will succeed in accomplishing their goal. So, where did all of this come from? Do we consider it pointless or even silly? The earliest record of New Year’s resolutions date back 4000 years ago. The ancient Babylonians made resolutions or promises to the gods to pay off their debts and to return anything which was borrowed. In 46 BC, the ancient Romans made sacrifices to the deity of doors, Janus, the namesake of our first month, and they offered promises of good behavior in the new year.
Perhaps a great way to start is by getting rid of some of the clutter in your life, more specifically your old wardrobe and closet. Many people believe in hiring a specialist to come in and clean your closet and help you organize. Instead, create a small circle of friends that rotate weekend day-parties to help organize, declutter, and give away clothes and accessories which you no longer need or want. If you want to go at it alone, make some extra cash and sell your unwanted goods on sites such as Poshmark, Etsy or Facebook. One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.
When organizing your wardrobe, it’s best to start with a clean state of mind (try to avoid any unnecessary emotional ties). Have a game plan and try not to tackle everything simultaneously. For example, focus first on the closet, then your dressers, then your shoes, last your accessories. Grab a glass of wine, some bins for the stuff you want to donate or sell, put on some music and get to work. I use 2 years as my barometer to keep or discard. If you haven’t worn (or even touched) a garment in over 2 years, odds are you are not going to ever wear it again. Going through your clothing and accessories from a fresh perspective will also give you a new clarity in styling. Perhaps you just purchased shoes which would go perfectly with a dress you haven’t worn in a while. Also, this is a great time to get rid of old baggage. If something doesn’t fit, there’s no need to hold onto it. If you lose weight in the future, your style is likely to have evolved from your college wardrobe. If something is in good condition, take pleasure in giving it to a friend, or selling or donating it. Even beautiful clothing can lose its personal appeal when it’s mentally and physically cluttering our lives.
There are tons of post-Holiday and End-of-Year Sales. Add some key pieces to your wardrobe at incredibly discounted prices Stay away from trendier pieces which you may only wear a few times and in a couple of years will be dated to this past fashion cycle. Instead stock up on essentials and staples (such as coats and bags) which you will have in your wardrobe for years to come. Websites such as Ssense, Net-a-Porter, Moda Operandi, Matches, and Barneys are all currently on sales with discounts up to 75% off. If budget is a constraint, I believe in splurging on one really strong piece to add to your wardrobe; something timeless and classic, a strong statement piece, that isn’t overly trendy, but unique enough that it will make an impression in a decade even. A killer closet isn’t built overnight, but over time, with smart shopping, you can look just as great as any Instagram star.
Here are some great sale picks to add your wardrobe:
Toga Buckle Flats ($238): https://www.
matchesfashion.com/us/ products/Toga-Buckled- crossover-strap-leather-flats- 1218903
MCQ Cat Eye Sunglasses ($86): https://www.ssense.com/
en-us/women/product/mcq- alexander-mcqueen/black-cat- eye-sunglasses/2740328
Phillip Lim, 2 tone coat ($518): https://www.net-a-
porter.com/us/en/product/ 1075748/3_1_phillip_lim/ paneled-twill-trench-coat
Wandler medium leather tote ($569): https://www.barneys.
com/product/wandler-mia- medium-leather-tote-bag- 505682531.html