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Why You have nothing to wear [Plus Solutions]

September 08, 2020

I work with clients who have wardrobes full of clothes and still feel like they have nothing to wear. How is that possible??

Don’t berate yourself if you feel like this most days. The first step is to identify the problem and then make a conscious effort not to repeat that behaviour.

Here are the 3 top reasons why you have nothing to wear…

1. You are dressing for your dream life and not your real life

Guilty as charged! I love buying clothes for summer adventures. I imagine myself wafting around a beautiful beach location in a floor sweeping dress, sipping my favourite drink, my skin sun kissed and my hair salty.

I am very good at buying dresses for beach holidays… very good.

But I can’t ignore the fact that they need to be equally as functional for city life.

I have this down pat now (I love Three Graces) but admittedly I have a draw, albeit a small one, full of beach only looks.

Solution: A great wardrobe needs to be wearable, that is, it needs to reflect your lifestyle.

If you haven’t already, download my free guide to the exact number of outfits you should have in your wardrobe. This will give you an idea of how many outfits you need for every function of your lifestyle. Does you wardrobe reflect where you are now?

2. Your clothes no longer reflect who you are or your style any more.

We are constantly evolving. You will not be the same person today as you are tomorrow because every day brings you new experiences and challenges.

How you feel in your clothes is not a static thing.

Just because you wore something and felt great in it a year ago doesn’t mean you are going to feel great in it today.

Solution: Don’t make yourself feel guilty about that.

Remove the item from your wardrobe, thank it for it’s service and either donate it, sell it or recycle it and feel good about that.

Going forward before you make a purchase, think ‘Am I going to love wearing this in a year’s time?’. If the answer is no, think twice, it is likely a trend piece that won’t resonate a year on.

Create your own ‘trends’ within your style preference.

3. You don’t have items that mix and match

Your wardrobe either a) has too many statement pieces (or in my case diaphanous beach dresses 😉)


b) you fall in the basics only trap and don’t have those items that really reflect ‘you’


c) you just have alot of clothes!

Solution: Try this 20 minute challenge.

Pull out 5 to 10 pieces from your wardrobe you rarely wear or don’t know how to wear. Then pull out 10 of your favourite essentials. Now start at the top of the pile and start mix and matching.

Only give yourself 20 minutes.

If you have a time limit you are less likely to overthink it.

Try styles together you never have before, be curious and have fun!

Photograph any new outfits you put together. Even if you find 1 new outfit, congratulate yourself, you have given those pieces a whole new lease of life!

Let me know how you get on with these strategies.

Penny x

P.S. If you would like more personalised advice or would like to book in for an outfit building session send me an email!

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