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.
The health risks of stress include: heart disease, insomnia, obesity, suppressed immune system and depression.
Causes allergies by being exposed to a build up of dust and mould.
It produces feels of guilt and hopelessness when your debt is a result of excessive shopping.
HOW TO PREVENT AND OVERCOME WARDROBE TOXICITY
Be organised: Cull your wardrobe after every season- Come up with a suitable number of items you want to have in your wardrobe for each season. Remove clothing and accessories that you don’t love, are too big/small, are the wrong styles and colours and do not work for your current lifestyle. Take these to charity or keep in storage for a more suitable season.
Love your wardrobe. Your wardrobe should only have clothing and accessories that you love and are functional for your current wardrobe. If you don’t love your wadrobe, do something about it.
Write a shopping list before you go out shopping based on gaps in your wardrobe. Be very strict with your purchases and stick to your budget.
Forget trends. Buy what works for your body shape, your colouring and your lifestyle according to your personal style.
Be the person in control of your style and wardrobe. Use magazines and media only to get inspiration for your own personal style.
If you are struggling with your wardrobe and style, seek help from a professional personal stylist or make use of various resources around you such as books, online courses, etc.
Finally be creative, keep your wardrobe minimal wardrobe and make friends with fashion. Your body, mind and soul will thank you for it!
If I can do it, you can do it too! Not sure where to start? START HERE.
‘’Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.’ – Lauren Hutton
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