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DO YOU HAVE A TOXIC WARDROBE?


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.