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If you find yourself looking in your closet and thinking, “Why do I have so many clothes and nothing to wear?” then read on!
This blog post will attempt to answer this question and give you some tips to get out of the cycle of getting dressed each morning only to go back into your wardrobe for something else.
There are a few reasons why you may be feeling like this:
- You might not be able to see all of your clothes, because they’re piled up on top of each other or folded in such a way that makes them hard to see.
- The clothes you own might just simply not fit any more (or you’ve had them since college).
- There’s too much clutter in there so it’s difficult for an outfit idea to come together easily when everything is jumbled together.”
You may have trouble getting rid of clothes
You may have trouble getting rid of clothes because you don’t know what to get rid of. If you’re like most people, it’s not that the clothing doesn’t fit or is out of style. Most often, the problem is that some items are in perfect condition and never worn. You don’t know how to determine if it’s time to let go.
It may be hard for you to convince yourself that an old shirt or pair of pants should be given away or thrown out unless a hole has developed or the item has been stained. Even then, your first response might be to put it in your keep pile because there are so many ways you could use a big torn T-shirt as a rag for cleaning up spills and other messes around your home.
If this sounds familiar, consider the possibility that you don’t want to get rid of clothes because they still have value in your mind even if they aren’t being worn.
You’re not a good housekeeper
The first step to achieving a thorough wardrobe care routine is some research into the makeup of your clothes. The better you understand what each item is made of and what it needs, the more efficient you’ll be with your caretaking efforts. Doing some laundry research will definitely pay off in the long run!
Most importantly, however, don’t beat yourself up if everything isn’t perfect right away. It will take time and practice to develop a wardrobe care routine that works for you, but the effort is worth it when those favorite items last longer and look better.
Your space is cluttered
Even if you do manage to get out of bed, what’s the first thing that happens? You begin the process of deciding what to wear. Something you like? Something comfortable? Something that goes with your favorite shoes? You open your closet, and realize you have way too many clothes, but nothing to wear.
Do you know why this is happening? Because instead of getting rid of all those pieces in your wardrobe that don’t fit or don’t fit well, you just keep adding more and more clothes! But there’s a solution: decluttering and organizing your closet. Once everything has its own place, it’ll be so much easier for you find what you’re looking for without having to wade through piles of clothes on the floor.
When you shop, you shop in a rush
It’s not that you don’t have anything to wear, it’s just that you choose the wrong things when given the opportunity. You fall into common traps like:
- Buying items that are similar to clothes you already own but not exactly the same thing so when a day comes where you need that one specific piece, it doesn’t exist because you bought something too similar.
- Buying clothing or trends because they were on sale or hyped up by bloggers and influencers in your Instagram feed—only later realizing these items don’t actually work with your lifestyle or wardrobe.
- Buying too many items at once which inevitably leads to mass regret once the returns window is over…and then those three pairs of culottes end up shoved to the back of your closet and untouched for years.
- Not trying on clothes before buying them because who has time for that?! Inevitably, what looked great on a model looks not-so-great on your body type.
Your closet is full of cheap clothes
Have you ever bought a pair of jeans on sale and thought, “Wow, this is such a good deal!” But then after you got them home, they started to fall apart within the first few months? Or maybe you’ve had that jacket that faded after one wash. Or the shoes with the outsoles that are falling off after only a couple of wears.
The reason for this is because cheap clothing often uses lower quality materials and construction methods that won’t make it past a season or two. Polyester shirts are prone to pilling. Synthetic fabrics don’t breathe as well and can cause you to sweat more during physical activity. Dresses made from cheap rayon will lose their shape after being washed once or twice.
Cheap clothes are made cheaply, which is why they…well…cheap out on you so quickly.
It’s hard to pare down when you love clothes, but it’s worth the effort.
It’s hard to pare down when you love clothes, but it’s worth the effort. Clothes are meant to be worn and enjoyed as part of our everyday lives. It’s like having a restaurant full of food that nobody eats! Why have so many clothes if they’re just going to sit in your closet?
The root of the wardrobe-crisis problem is, as it often is, societal expectations. These are more complex than ever before in our modern age: we are told to work hard, yet not so hard that our 401Ks and vacation days suffer. We want to dress well, but carelessly enough to appear “casual Friday” ready at a moment’s notice. And in general—we want to be true to ourselves, but budget-conscious.
It’s easy for these expectations to coalesce into a dark cloud of dissatisfaction and self-doubt when you open your closet doors every morning. But remember: as Mark Twain said, “Clothes don’t make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” So take time for yourself! It’s always good to know where you’re going before making a plan—and with clothes shopping there’s no better place than home base.
- Why should it be illegal to wear clothes? If you ask me, it should be illegal for people to not wear clothes!
- Why is it illegal to wear clothes? It’s not. Wearing clothing is actually the expected norm in most situations.
- What are the reasons for wearing clothes? There are several reasons why people choose to wear clothing, but I would say that one of the main reasons has to do with modesty and social expectations. For example, if you were at work and someone came in naked or nearly naked, that person would probably make others feel uncomfortable or even scared. But by wearing appropriate attire, you can set a more formal tone and help everyone feel more comfortable in the setting.
- Why do I have so many clothes and nothing to wear? The phrase “nothing to wear” is used when you’re not able to find an outfit among your current clothing selection that meets your needs—for instance, if all of your pants are too tight because you gained weight from eating too much pizza from Domino’s Pizza (which is totally worth it). Unfortunately, there isn’t a solution for this problem unless you go shopping for new pants (and/or eat less pizza).
- Why does my husband have so many t-shirts and nothing with sleeves? Honestly speaking, most guys don’t care about fashion as much as women do. So while your husband might have tons of t-shirts (probably because they’re comfy), he might not own any button-down shirts because he doesn’t see them as necessary items of clothing—at least not until they become trendy again like they did back when Joey Tribbiani on Friends wore them every week during Season 10 episodes 1 through 6 (I know this off the top of my head).