Style Makeover Pt. IV: Closet Makeover

Written by JJ Smith, certified weight management specialist (NESTA) and nutritionist (ANA)

Posted November 6th, 2017 under JJ Smith, Self Love

The average model is about 5’10, 115 pounds and around a size 4. However, did you know the average American woman is about 5’4, 164 pounds and a size 14? It can be challenging to know exactly what to wear when the media shows a distorted view of the “normal” woman. In part four of four in this style makeover series, I’ll walk you through the steps of how to do a closet makeover.

When you’re combing through your closet looking for an outfit, do you ever notice you have 2 or more of the same  clothing pieces? Do you pass on buying clothing items you really love because you feel like you already have too much at home? A closet inventory is more than just a way to declutter your closet. It’s a way to get a grip of your wardrobe, remove  the guesswork out of shopping and the hassle of digging through your closet looking for the perfect outfit for the night. It’s time for you to take back control of your closet! Here are step by step instructions to give your closet the makeover it so desperately needs::

Step 1: Grab a big box and take out pieces of clothing from your closet in chunks and create a pile.

Step 2:  Begin trying on all of your clothes in front of a mirror. Do the clothes fit your body type? Are they too big or too small? Rate everything on a scale of 1-10.

Step 3: Items that are in good shape, fit you well, and make you feel good when you try them on receive an “8” rating. Place these clothes back in your closet. Clothes you feel just ok about get a rating between 5-7. These pieces go in the ‘maybe’ box. Anything lower than a “5” like damaged pieces, items that don’t fit, outfits you haven’t worn in years, and  clothes that don’t make you feel good when you see yourself in the mirror wearing them immediately go into the donate box. 

Step 4: When you’re trying things on, consider making a list of the types of clothing you have you can have a good idea of your pant to skirt ratio versus, your tank top to long sleeve ratio, etcetera. Also, ensure you have enough clothes for all seasons.

Step 5: After going through all of your clothes, reevaluate your ‘maybe’ box with your girlfriends or with the help of your inventory list. Only keep the clothes that fit your waistline and compliment your best features. The rest, donate or give to family/friends.

Step 6: Make sure you keep your list close so the next time you’re shopping you know  what to look for specifically.

Step 7: Repeat this every few months as necessary to avoid spending money on unnecessary items.

Remember, style is what you wear that gives you the most confidence and makes you feel good about yourself. Take these tips in the style makeover series as guidelines to help you begin to find the confidence it takes to embrace your beautiful body. With just a few tweaks, you can transform your  style and wardrobe from frumpy and outdated to fabulous and trendy.  Until next time…

-xo JJ