6 Rules for Deciding Which Clothes to Keep or Toss

Curate your wardrobe to have the most clothing matches and least amount of clutter. However, deciding which clothes to keep or toss can be challenging so keep on reading for the 6 rules that will help you purge your closet.

  1. Prepare for your purge.

edgy grunge outfit

puffer coat with casual outfit

Give yourself at least five hours to dedicate to your closet reorganization. Begin on one end of your closet and pull out everything you know with certainty you don’t want. “If you have to think about something for more than 10 seconds, move on and deal with it later,” says stylist Cyndy Aldred. After sorting your items, label them as “donate,” “tailor,” and “consignment.”

  1. Stay coordinated.

checkered top with gray coat fur coat with skinny jeans

When debating whether to keep or toss a piece, ask yourself if it matches at least three other things you currently own. This also applies when it comes to shopping. Since most shops have their own preferred style and fabrics, shopping at only a few stores will make it easier for you to find more of your items match.

  1. Go to the tailor or toss.

urban outfit with navy fur coattailored vest with jeans

If you have a pile of clothes waiting to go to the tailor, get a new button, or have some other type of work done, fix them this week, or toss them. Regardless of your size and shape, if your clothes are tailored perfectly to your body, you will look great. However, if you always buy ready-to-wear or even designer labels that don’t fit you well, then it will not look so great on you.

  1. Consider if the item the best version of itself.

cozy casual outfit with sneakers cozy scarf with camel coat

If you have a lot of variant in a single item, go for the one that looks best. Also, don’t let thriftiness win at the expense of looking put together as if a garment has stains, fading, sagginess, uncontrollable pilling, or fits you poorly, it won’t look great. Also ask yourself if you would buy this now or does this still fit without bumps, bulges, or hanger marks? If the answer is no, then better toss it.

  1. Aim for the perfect tops-to-bottoms ratio.

skinny jeans with leather jacket sneakers with cuffed jeans and boyfriend coat

The ideal wardrobe has three times as many tops as bottoms, which is the same ratio they’re sold in at the store. Just aim for a 60 to 40 ratio of solids and neutrals to statement pieces and prints. Like fashion blogger Sonja Petrkowsky, you can always resort to a pair of ripped jeans on your everyday style, but you must go for versatile yet unique tops that can alter your looks just like a striped top.

  1. Learn your lesson.

chic dinner dress all black outfit with boots

Each discarded item can teach you not to buy that certain cut, color, fabric or size again. So, flip your perspective by considering that each item you get rid of serves a purpose. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to purge your closet successfully.

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