Check your clothes for fit when overhauling your wardrobe
Last week I shared why to makeover your wardrobe for fit, trends and style. In todays post, I address how to consider fit. Even when you kept your weight the same, things may no longer fit. There are several reasons. Unfortunately, in menopause, your body changes. It seems like everything moves south. 🙁 Another reason may be a mistake when cleaning the piece at the end of the season prior to putting it into storage. I’m pretty sure I’m no alone with having ruined a favorite pair of joggers or skirt or ….
Signs that a skirt is too tight
“Weeding out” these pieces is the hardest of the 17 steps to a successful closet overhaul. It may be your favorite item! Trends, replacement of worn out clothes and changes in style are the easiest. They are obvious. Most likely you are over the trend after a season or the trendy stuff was at the end of its tenure anyhow, i.e. close to falling apart. Trendy wardrobe additions are usually cheap and of low quality, even when their quality is great as compared to the price.
Here is my example from this spring/summer closet overhaul. My beloved pink skirt. I obviously washed it too warm. I wish I had taken more care of the fabric to avoid that it shrinks or fates. Well, afterwards one always knows better. Anyhow, it’s a lesson learned.
So how do you know that the skirt has to go and is too tight even when you can easily close the zipper? Here are the most obvious signs, which not necessarily all occur:
- You sit down and the skirt rides up.
- From the side and when you look down you can see you pelic bone.
- The skirt has whiskers like a pair of jeans.
- It rides up when you walk.
- You keep pulling it down.
When you observe one of the above signs, donate the piece to charity. You will not feel so great in it anymore as you did a year ago.
How did it look when it fit?
Check this photo gallery to see outfits when the skirt still was a fit.
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Photos: G. Kramm
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