Here are a few tips for clothing shopping for special occasions:
That’s right — don’t buy a thing for that wedding or graduation you have to go to!
Shopping for special occasions in a hurried manner is the fastest route to owning a bunch of apparel you don’t actually like, stuff purchased somewhat under pressure.
When I help people clean out their wardrobes, the items I come across that hang in the back closet never seeing the light of day are usually pieces purchased in a frenzy — out of necessity instead of joy.
Many of us have read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Some of us may have rolled our eyes a little while reading it, too. (Not naming names, but you know who you are!)
While Kondo’s extreme methods of discarding might not be the path towards inner calm for all of us, there are always few pearls of wisdom to be found from every book I pick up.
The concept that all of your possessions should bring you joy isn’t one that will ever wholly work for me.
Let me tell you, at no point in my life will a mop or a vacuum bring me any joy.
But we still own these products because, that’s just what adults do.
Unless you are outrageously rich and just call a maid service when your house needs a clean. If that's your situation… Call me, let’s hang out and be fabulous together! It’s not my situation, but maybe some of your magic will rub off on me.
While we know that it is extremely challenging to have every item in your house bring you joy, I admit with full enthusiasm and approval that I believe your closet is the ONE place where that rule should be applied with reckless abandon.
(But no credit card debt, OK? Never go into debt for style.)
You should never reach into your closet and pull out a pair of trousers that depress you. We all have them, but we shouldn’t feel bad about giving them a new home. In an ideal world, we should strive to avoid buying trousers that depress us going forward.