Ethos Collection is part of a movement to simplify, a movement that says, “less is more.” The same should be true of the clothes that are already in our closets. The most common complaint I hear as a fashion consultant is, “I have nothing in my closet.” In reality, most closets are stuffed with clothes we don’t wear. What we are seeking is the right clothes, not more clothes.
Over the course of several blog posts, I'll walk through five steps to get your wardrobe from bulging chaos to timeless closet.
- Purge what you don’t wear
- Alter what’s left if needed
- Invest in timeless basics
- Fill in with fun or beautiful items that reflect your personality
- Learn your body type and buy what works for you.
Today, we’ll start with number one – purge, baby, purge! When I go through a closet, I evaluate the items that weren’t worn in the past season. I then take each item and ask, “why haven’t you worn this?” This is the time to be honest. The reality is that we all have items that we hold onto for one reason or another. Sometimes these reasons are valid and sometimes they are not. Reasons include: color, style, quality, fit, or sentimental attachment. Unless it falls in the last category, for example if it was a gift from someone special, get rid of it. Remind yourself that just because something was a great deal does not mean it’s worth taking up space in your closet.
The most common reason for not wearing a clothing item is fit – too short, too tight, too long, or too baggy. The most important question you need to ask yourself is, “is this fixable?” and then, “is it worth the cost to fix it?” Typically, the cost to alter something is minor, but can add up quickly depending on how poorly the garment fits.
For example, Ethos’ founder Sara had four pairs of black pants but only wore one. While purging her closet, she got rid of two pairs because one was a cheap material and the other an unflattering cut. The third pair was just too long. Instead of getting rid of it, she had it altered and now has two pairs of black pants that she loves. Which brings us to our next point – alterations! Stay tuned for more. - Michaela Lee