Hey Peeps! Harsh summer Sun is beating down on us and everyone is looking to revamp their closet. I wanted to check if you reuse old clothes?
I have been listening to many facts on why we should throw our old clothes and how it helps us to get organised. Everyone has their own reasons to keep, throw or recycle old clothes.
I have observed all the fashionistas advising on the new trends and asking to discard old clothes to make space for new one. Whereas, as a woman, I always tend to store my preloved clothes. It’s a clash of thoughts all of us go through.
Absolute reasons to dispose of old outfits:
Outfit’s condition matters
Firstly, how much ever you love your old clothes, treasure it only if it’s in good and usable condition. There is no point in storing such outfits which cannot be used because the shine of the fabric is gone or maybe its torn. If the outfit is kept in the wardrobe for long and is not used the fabric automatically loses its shine.
Difficult to overview
Sometimes it becomes difficult to overview our outfits when the closet it full. We have been watching and listening to jokes about a woman’s closet. “I have enough clothes- said no girl ever.” and at the same time, our closet is always full. The main issue is we don’t get to see all of them and we hate to repeat outfit and looks.
Do you feel good in them?
Lately, I have realised that we should preserve only those outfits which make us feel positive. Many a time we wear something because we simply have never used it till then. And later we either change them because we don’t get that wow vibes. In case, we still wear it and step out, our confidence level is lower than usual. Haven’t you felt the same way? Come on, be honest with yourself!
Understand your body type
Though fashion has evolved over years and we have moved on from body shaming, we still need to understand our body to look the best we can. In case you own such outfits which are not apt for your body type, discard them.
Do they actually fit you?
I have an advantage that my body size doesn’t fluctuate much. Though I have gained some couple of Kgs lately, the effect is barely discernable near and below my waist. I have covered a blog post on how to recycle an old dress to show how I still use my old dress.
I totally understand that everyone’s body type is not the same. If your shape has changed for good or bad and if you haven’t seen the difference, the probability of change in future is really low. I hate to wear ill-fitted outfits and you should discard your ill-fitted outfits too.
Having said all that, Istill hang on to many old outfits. As i was saying my weight doesn’t really fluctuate, I still fit in my 6 year old outfits. In fact, I have 20% of my old oufits in my wardrobe. Why do I still save it?
Why and how I reuse old clothes
I am not a hardcore trend follower
If you remember my post “Are you being a slave to fashion trends?”, you should know by now that I always wear what gives me joy. Styling is what I love.
I always tend to buy outfits or accessories which are appealing to me. This skirt that I am wearing here- I got it for 50% off at Central Mall during August 2017. Unabashedly, I have styled and worn this particular skirt many times which includes Indian, western and Indo western looks too.
I have realised that we can be more creative with our old outfits. I always collect unique pieces and never discard them because they are my style essentials.
Trends do repeat
I am not exaggerating or bluffing anyone when I write about feeling nostalgic in my blog posts. Since I have started blogging I have been emphasising on timeless pieces.
Even if you forget about those classic pieces, everything which is in trend now were trending in 70’s and 90’s. For example, I remember wearing dungarees and pinafore dresses during my childhood and teenage years.
Being fickle minded when it comes to trends
When I mention 20% of my closet is filled with old outfits it automatically presents 80% of them are new. Any shopaholic like me would confess that they tend to splurge but on cute and attractive outfits.
My personal style statement is minimal and effortless outfits and there are only handful of clothes which I actually love from my closet.
The struggle between maintaining my signature look and buying trendy stuff is real. Ultimately I am left with few outfits which I have rarely used.
Just like this skirt which I am using for the third time. When your outfits are in the mint condition you don’t feel like discarding them. And since the last year itself, I was aware that I would be repeating this skirt certainly, however, style it differently.
Discarding leads to a repeat purchase cycle
If I go by the rules of discarding everything in my closet which I have not used for a year or so, my collection will start looking shrunken. The moment I feel I have fewer clothes, I might get bored of them and start shopping again.
Restyling an outfit is a fun challenge for me
Being a small city girl, I had limited access to fashionable clothes till the time I moved to Bangalore for my higher education. Me and my sister who is a fashion designer now used to play with fabrics and old outfits to recreate a look and try to present ourselves in a fashionable way always.
That childhood Namrata is still inside me who craves to get inspired by old fashion and create an entirely new look.
Organise your closet wisely
I hate it when I have to look for my outfits and I don’t find them. I have organised my closet section wise so that when I am looking for something I can find them in that bunch.
My one category outfits are organised in one place. Likewise, you can arrange your closet in a way which makes both – your old and new outfits easily accessible. Once your closet is organised, you can mix and match your attire.
Travellers know my pain
I love travelling. There are so many travels I haven’t shared on my blog yet. I am beach and hill station lover at the same time. I try to visit both kinds of places for a change.
You know we require an entirely different set of clothes while travelling to such different places. I need to treasure my short dresses, sorts and bikini for my beach travels whereas I need my warm winter wear outfits for my hill station trips.
So, these were few reasons I treasure my old outfits. Probably they were justifying enough to reuse your old clothes.
I would love to read your take on reusing old/pre-loved stuff in your wardrobe in the comments section below.
Untill the next time! Stay classy 🙂