Chictopians, I haven’t been completely honest with you. Today’s the day that I set things straight.
I’m a hoarder. (Typing that made me feel like we’re in an episode of True Life, but I digress.) Not quite enough of one to get onto TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive”, but I’d be lying if I said my closet wasn’t a bit of a spectacle.
I’d like to think that I’m not alone in this battle against the inner packrat, so I’m going to take this as an opportunity to share a few personal tried-and-true techniques in defending against unutilized space-grubbing lots of fabric:
1) Assess your clothing choices as you would you would the ingredients list of your groceries. If the product info is a laundry list of trendy buzzwords, there’s a better option. i.e. If it’s a sheer animal print top, with studs, hardware cuffs, and a fishtail hem, you may want to pass. Though you might be enamored for a quick second, your obsession with all the trends that the piece represents is probably fleeting. Put simply, if you are the individual with the highest trend per square meter of fabric count, do not pass go, and do not collect $200.
To extend a piece’s lifetime, you want it to focus on one trendy aspect, whether it be a silhouette, pattern, or embellishment. Do a harem pant , but stick with a more classic fabric or pattern. Do a mirror print, but skip the wide crop. Simple doesn’t translate to boring. It’s all about how the elements come together. Just ask the French. (Now’s probably the time to admit, I also suffer from a mild case of francophilia).
2) Just because a trend is making its rounds, does not mean that you need to subscribe to it. The number of trends you get onboard with each season is not directly proportional to how en vogue you are. Different aesthetics appeal to different people, and that’s great.
3) Don’t be a glutton. Keep your purchase per trend ratio at a reasonable count when you do indulge in a trend. When you get a hankering for sheer paneling, fight the urge to binge on five paneled pieces. One, maybe two articles of clothing are enough to satiate the appetite.
4) Finally, remember that by dialing back on blatantly trendy pieces, you’ll ensure that your wardrobe is in prime condition when styles cycle back. Though a trend will seldom ever be a carbon copy of one that’s already passed through, as long as your trendier purchases aren’t overly so (see point 1), it’s age can remain classified information. You’ll have the rest of the outfit to keep it relevant.
It’s no shocker that fashion runs on novelty cycles. The ever evolving face of style is what keeps it fascinating, but by the same token, one can amass quite the wardrobe trying to keep in step with it’s flighty tastes. And, since not everyone has a closet the size of Del Russo’s (She has an entire apartment in Milan to serve as storage for her designer inventory. And you think i’m joking.), we must make a few adjustments when it comes to making purchases. The tips above have served my packrat self well throughout the years. Hopefully, they can help you keep your wardrobe in check as well.
I hope you’ll forgive me for keeping this secret from you for so long, and that you’ll accept me, hoarding habits, francophilia, iridescent light up sneakers, and all. Until next time, friends.
By Adrienne Y. Han