Step Into Our Sweater

May 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm 2 comments

We’d like to thank our good friend Mike Cassidy for his inspiration and support around this post.

We all own an article of clothing or accessory that has never been worn (for various reasons) or that has been worn but has taken an extended leave of absence in our wardrobe rotation. Mike’s article is a beautiful Scottish knit sweater given to him as a gift while living abroad. 

Unfortunately Mike wore the sweater until the sweater wore him. And over the years it slowly disappeared to the back of his closet. Upon a recent de-cluttering session he re-discovered this gem and has since inserted it into his wardrobe mix (in a more balanced way).

We all own these items. Beth’s is a vintage blazer she snagged from a family member years ago. Snubbing the fear the jacket was “too old” for her, she wore it once and received a gazillion compliments. The blazer is now a staple.

 

We see this all the time with bags and shoes and earrings and sweaters. We experience uncertainty and a sense of unsureness (it’s a word now) – but not enough to let go. 

Too Bright? Never!

Our advice?

  • Solicit the opinions of friends and trusted advisors.
  • Wear the items in question around the house – how do they feel? Pose in the mirror! Do you look or feel not-in-your-skin? Are they impractical? Too young, too old, too short, too faded, too 2003?

Too big? Nope.

  • Try them out – wear them to work, to school or to a party and see what kind of feedback you get (if any). How do people respond to you? Do you feel confident?

Cheryl wore these to a party and fell flat on her face. She was confident before she arrived. Lesson? Bring back-up accessories whenever you’re not 100% comfortable/stable. And eat dinner before drinking a bottle of red wine with a straw.    

 

Summer is almost here – the perfect time for a wardrobe assessment. 

Ask: what do I own? What will I wear? What do I need? What am I ready to toss?

Remember, taking a picture is an excellent way to preserve a memory while preserving space!

Enjoi! And don’t sweat it!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michael H Cassidy  |  May 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Great blog guys! The old sweater is a hit!

    I have a question: I having recently been going through old CD and DVD’s getting rid of ones I don’t need. In the process, I pour myself a couple of Grande Marnier’s and have a great time, often uncovering old gems that have aged well. Sometimes there is dancing.

    A couple of Friday’s ago, I couldn’t wait to get home to get at the cleanup again. No party could have loured me out that night.

    Is it normal to have so much fun while doing this or do I have a problem?

    Reply
    • 2. Edit My Closet  |  May 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      You do not have a problem! De-cluttering is FUN! It may seem like a chore at first but the sense of liberation and accomplishment that follows is indescribable. We’re so happy to hear this Mike. Take care!!

      Reply

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