How to Improve Your Style: Assessing Your Wardrobe

This is part of the How to Improve Your Style for Men series

Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle. - Marie Kondo

Before changing up my style this summer, I had maybe 20 pieces in my closet that I wore regularly. Out of those 20 pieces, I only truly enjoyed wearing half of them. When I cleaned out my wardrobe, I ended up donating or throwing out over 80% of my wardrobe.

Decluttering my wardrobe was a therapeutic and symbolic exercise. Practically speaking, letting go of old, worn-out pieces decluttered my closet, made it easier to decide what to wear in the morning, and helped me figure out the gaps that existed in my wardrobe. But on a symbolic level, cleaning out my closet meant letting go of the past. There were many pieces I’ve had since high school. Some were over 10 years old. Other pieces were gifts that I felt obliged to keep even though I didn’t wear them.

How to assess your wardrobe

Spend an afternoon or evening analyzing your clothes.

Sort your clothes into two piles: clothes worn in the past month and those not worn.

The clothes you wore in the past month you’ll keep.

For the clothes you haven’t worn, sort them again:

For items that don’t fit, take them to a tailor; sell, donate, or throw out the rest.

November 22, 2023


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