Letting go of things you don’t wear or that don’t go with any of your other items frees up valuable space in your closet. Getting dressed in a snap, always looking your best, and feeling comfortable in what you wear are the rewards.
How many times have you stood in front of your closet stuffed with clothes and said, “I have nothing to wear!”? Purging the things that you don’t wear or that are uncomfortable each time you do wear them allows you to organize what remains in a way that makes it easier to get dressed. You will also see what pieces you need to add to make those items work better for you. If most of your tops are print and most of your pants are also prints, you will feel like you don’t have anything to wear because of the chaos. If you discover that a pair of lightweight navy pants would go with seven of your tops, that’s what you should look for the next time you go shopping. If you shop by impulse, you may buy another print top instead of the pants.
As I get dressed in my favorites last season, I look closer at the fit and flow. Does the top flow across my body smoothly, or does it highlight all those bits I would rather not display? Aging happens on a cellular level, so it isn’t just those folds and wrinkles around my mouth getting more prominent; my whole body is changing. There are differences from last summer, even though I have not gained weight, and I remain very active. Just because I can still wear it, it doesn’t mean I should.
The posts from this week don’t signal that I will wear only basics with flats every day; I may still try some over the top fun edgy pieces with my caged high heels (Stay tuned!). It does mean that it is a priority for me that my closet includes pieces that fit correctly and serve my daily needs. The problem arises when I don’t have quality basics to combine with statement pieces to create comfortable looks for me at this stage in my life.
The look I am showing you today is one I would wear out to lunch with friends or over to my warehouse and running errands in town. The top is by Clara Sunwoo via ShopMyFairLady.com. I now have this style top in almost every color. I enjoy wearing these tops so much because I can check off all the boxes. It has three-quarter length sleeves, a V-neckline, and the right proportions to wear with flats. The fabric flows across my body instead of clinging to everything on the way down. The uneven hemline draws the eye up and down instead of straight across. Every horizontal line or color break makes us look shorter and broader. When I wear heels, I can get away with a longer top, but my legs look too short when I wear a long top with straight-leg pants and flat shoes. Best Petite Tip: Wear tops that show the full length of at least one of your legs.
The pants are by Fabrizio Gianni, and I have been wearing them for the last three summers. I have learned that if I invest in quality items, they will serve me well for many seasons and keep looking sharp. These straight-leg style pants are perfect to wear with flats. The shoes are from Anne Klein Sport from a couple of years ago. The bold earrings are from Chico’s. (Always worn without a necklace because they are enough on their own!) The bracelet is from French Kande.