I recently gave a talk at a health club in the Westend of Glasgow on 'Wardrobe Toxicity'. This topic is one that many people found very interesting. Following the positive feeback from the talk, I decided to write a blog post about it.
WHAT IS A TOXIC WARDROBE?
A Toxic wardrobe is a cluttered wardrobe. It is a wardrobe full of clothing, shoes and accessories that are underused and unworkable. I used to be very guilty of having a toxic wardrobe and only wearing 10% of my wardrobe. Yet, I constantly bought clothing, shoes and accessories. I always wondered where they disappeared to every-time I was looking for an outfit to wear out! I would exclaim in horror; “I have nothing to wear!”at which point my husband would look up at me completely confused. “But, your wardrobe is full, and you buy stuff all the time!”, at which point I would fall out with him!
Sounds familiar? Well, read on!
You have a toxic wardrobe if:
You have clothing in your wardrobe you have not worn for 3 years
Your clothes are very closely packed together you barely have space to add any more.
You have clothing in your wardrobe that is not functional (too big, too small, wrong styles, wrong colours or not related to your current lifestyle).
You have clothing in your wardrobe that reminds you of a sad time in your life, such as a break up or job loss.
5 HABITS THAT RESULT IN A TOXIC WARDROBE
Shopping without purpose- Shopping for sport rather than shopping for a gap in your wardrobe.
Using credit card debt to fund your purchases- Using money you don’t have.
Blindly following fashion trends- Shopping for fashion trends, rather than buying what works for your body shape, colouring and lifestyle based on your personal style.
Copy cat dressing- Copying exactly what you see in magazines or media. Instead of using inspiration to tailor it to your own personal style and lifestyle.
Accumulating an excessive, non-workable wardrobe- Having clothing and accessories in your wardrobe that you don’t use.
EFFECTS OF A TOXIC WARDROBE ON YOUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
The negative impact of a toxic wardrobe can be physical, functional and psychological. The negative impact on our health and wellbeing includes the following:
The overwhelming presence of a cluttered wardrobe depletes energy levels.
A cluttered wardrobe causes stress and anxiety. Research shows that when the physical environment interferes with achieving your objectives, it fuels stress.
Stress limits motivation, performance and social interaction.