February 19, 2014

Why Do You Keep Your Clothes?

Let's face it. There are certain pieces in your wardrobe that are just so difficult to get rid of. You know they are dated. You know that you are no longer a juniors size 3. You know that you have not worn it in 20 years, but you still grasp it like it's still the year 1994 or in some cases like it's still 1984 or even 1974. Ladies, get over it. I know that sounds a little bit harsh, but seriously, what is the problem? 
(Please leave me a comment. I'd love to help ;)

The first thing you must do in order to solve this problem is look in the mirror. It doesn't matter if you look in the mirror with make up on or not. It doesn't matter what you are wearing when you study your reflection in the mirror either. All that matters is that you just breathe and gaze into your own eyes. Reflect on the past. Your past will probably consist of many good times and bad times alike. Regardless of what you have been through in your life, you must learn to own it and live in the present and plan for the future. Say "Yes, this is what happened to me. I realize it. And I am who I am now because of it. I am strong. I am beautiful. Life will continue to be what I make it, so I will become a better woman because of what I have been through." You might cry, you might laugh, you might just stare at your reflection in the mirror. Whatever you do, just take it all in and discover the brave and beautiful woman that you are NOW and don't try to continue live in the past. You will become a happier woman if you continue this practice throughout the rest of your life. I guarantee it.

Now onto the wardrobe piece of this post.  As you may already know, I am a fashion/wardrobe stylist at my own company Laura's Stylist Service. I have scanned through some of the most interesting closets in my time. The feature that I most commonly see is simply owning too much stuff. And you would think that the closets that are over stuffed would be owned by the most stylish women. In fact, it's the complete opposite. And what hurts me the most is the woman who hires me to help her clean out the closet and then a month later goes right back into stockpile mode. The other element that is so sad to me, is the woman who holds onto the multiple stashes that she has made over the years. I can tell you for a fact that LLBean sweaters from the 1980's are not going to come back in style. Come to think of it, I don't remember them really being in style. And they are probably one of the most unflattering things I have ever seen in my 39 years of living on this planet. Please, don't take offense. I know they are warm, and since I live in Maine, I get it. Maybe we just wear it in our home when we are alone........;)
Don't get me wrong. Your wardrobe should not be completely filled with trendy pieces either. I have ran across that type of closet too. When I see a closet filled purely with trendy pieces, I see that I am dealing with someone who is trying to be someone they are not. The mirror technique that I mentioned before works well for this person too.

How do you feel after reading this article? Did I hit a nerve? Am I right? Do you need help? A stylist may be just what you need. 
I am here for you.

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