Out with the old, in with the new.
What a noble thought as we start 2007. But, unfortunately, that’s easier said than done when you start to think about what you might have to part with from your wardrobe. There are those pointy-toe pumps that make you feel both sexy and powerful, and those boot-cut jeans that are so flattering.
Sorry, they’ve got to go, says stylist Robert Verdi. Also, that 1950s-style circle skirt that Sarah Jessica Parker single-handedly brought back on Sex & the City now looks like a rerun.
"I’m not saying get rid of the skirt, just put it in neutral," Verdi says. "You might wear it twice this year. If you do keep that skirt, shorten it to the knee, wear it with black leggings and a ballet flat."
He added that "we’ve moved through the boot-cut jean. If it looks good, you can keep it, but put them in the back of your closet. Save them for the days you really want to wear a boot."
Instead, add straight- or skinny-leg jeans that can be tucked into boots.
But, he adds, don’t bother trying to clear space for low-waisted pants. They’re simply done — at least for the next few years — and they might not have looked as good as you thought.
Each new year, or each new fashion season, doesn’t require a complete overhaul, Verdi says, but you need to add key pieces and remove other trendy items from the regular mix of your wardrobe.
If you have multiple skinny sheath dresses or heavily embellished tops, neither of which fit into the voluminous-shape or neutral-color trends going forward, save the best one of the bunch and get rid of the rest.
Also on his hit list are anything that traces the body too closely – "Tight ain’t right for the moment," Verdi says – and those beloved pointy black boots and shoes. "I know, you don’t want to get rid of them if they are expensive, and, yes, they are a classic. But they’re not great anymore. You want a round toe, a platform or a wedge in a neutral colour. Don’t wear that pointy-toe, 12.5-centimetre heel. You’ll be living on last year’s look."
And part with handbags with a lot of bells and whistles. Purses are going to be cleaner, sleeker and simpler to complement the volume of the clothes.
"You’ll say you want to keep it because it’s going to come back. Yes, it is going to come back but it’s never going to look the same," Verdi says.
Of course, many women are space-challenged, which in itself is a good reason to purge the old stuff to make room for the new. Barry Iszak, an Austin, Texas-based professional organizer, would make a case to discard anything you’re not going to wear for years. But, if you insist, he’d start by storing those garments on the upper shelves of your closet in either clear plastic or pretty fabric boxes. Those shelves aren’t good for day-to-day items but they’re the best for what Iszak calls "rainy-day items."
What? Those shelves are already taken? "Move the photo albums, old papers, financial records. That’s all stuff that doesn’t need to be there. Keep your closet a closet," he says.