Why You Have A Closet Full Of Clothes, Yet Nothing To Wear

April 14, 2019

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One of the most common phrases someone says when standing in front of a closet filled with clothes is:

“I have nothing to wear.”

When you take time to consider the facts, this statement is actually quite the contradiction. If you’re closet is filled with clothes, then you technically do have something to wear. If you’re hangers and shelves are more full than empty, then you actually have plenty of things to wear.

Then why do we say otherwise?

The reason for your frustration may be due to either one (or both) of the following:

  1. Closet Frustration
  2. Outfit Frustration

Closet Frustration, is when you’re closet isn’t functional. A disorganized closet makes the act of getting dressed almost impossible. If you can’t find what you want to wear, if you don’t know what you’re choices are, then the act of getting dressed won’t be quick, easy, or pleasant.

Closets that are neat, tidy, and organized, and are able to maximize the space, makes wardrobe selection easy, and minimizes frustration. There’s a reason why the stores for high end designers keep their inventory small, with lots of empty space among the racks, and have everything in it’s “own” place. This aesthetic let’s each individual piece stand out. In contrast, some budget retailers cram their shelves full of merchandise, with minimal organization. The prices may be cheaper, but it’s definitely not as easy to see what they have in stock.

If you’re struggling with getting dressed every day, take a look at your closet. It may be time to reassess what’s inside and how everything is stored.

Outfit Frustration, is when the clothes you own are not functional. If you can’t create an outfit, then you really don’t have something to wear. If you own clothes that you don’t like, don’t fit your current body, or don’t coordinate with anything in your closet, then you can’t put together an outfit.

Outfit creation is key for a functional wardrobe. We leave our homes every single day in an outfit, regardless if it’s a suit, a top and a pair or jeans, or sweats. If you can’t put together an outfit from the pieces in your closet, then it’s time to do a closet purge and start identifying what pieces you really need to complete your wardrobe.

If you’re struggling with what to wear, the problem may be your closet, your clothes, or both. Knowing where your problem area is, will help you get started on making the changes that you need so that both your closet and your clothes are functional again.

And when this happens, you’ll no longer find yourself saying that you have nothing to wear.

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