We’ve all been there, standing in front of our ominous closet staring at our wardrobe with contempt and scorn. “Who bought all of these clothes”, you wonder. As you flick through the hangers, there isn’t a single dress, blouse or skirt and triggers the “I have to wear this” feeling.

Before you donate your wardrobe to Goodwill, step back from the clothes and breathe. Every style lover gets a case of the Nothing to Wear blues and by taking a step back to assess your wardrobe you can overcome this frantic feeling.

Here are 5 ways to take the reigns on your closet and craft a wardrobe that you love and wear over and over.

1. Assess your Wardrobe

What do you wear again and again? What piece do you love and feel the best in? Take note of what those items. Do you love wearing pretty frocks or are sharp pencil skirts more your style. Whatever you love to wear, you’ll want to build your closet around it.

2. Donate what you don’t you love.

Take out everything you haven’t worn in the past year. Does any of it still have tags on it? Sort this pile into 2 piles: things you can revamp and things you can donate. Be completely honest about what you can salvage and get rid of the rest.

3. Shop with a Purpose

Most of our “what was I thinking” items were purchased impulsively. Don’t shop when you are feeling down or feel like you have money to blow. Make a list of what your wardrobe is missing and next time you hit the stores, stick to it.

4. Experiment

The reason we get into a style rut is because we’re creatures of habit. Shake things up, mix prints with patterns, break up a set, wear a pair of heels when you normally wear flats.

5. Don’t Sweat It

At the end of the day it’s just clothes, and fashion is meant to be fun! Don’t stress over what to wear and you’ll end up wearing things that make you feel and look great!

-Fajr Muhammad

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  • omg

    i agree with this except i would add to emphasize quality over quantity.

    i actually have three bags of clothes – skirts/dresses, tops, pants – that i’m trying to assess.

    i’ve incorporated things i never thought i would like floral patterns but i have a couple of things but only because they look artistic not laura ashley soccer mom-ish…

    everything i decide i don’t like or want, is being given away to a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

    but i’ve been building my wardrobe around good mix and match basics as well as great pieces that i may spend a bit more money on.

    i’m trying to have a lean wardrobe with good quality pieces i always want to wear. i feel like i’m almost there too.

    in general, i do not believe in spending money on throwaway clothes. i have mistakes in my closet but no throwaways per se.

    i also watch the runway shows of designers i covet and try to find approximations at places like jcrew, anthropologie, or zara… i would like to own a dress by dries van noten, marni, or miu miu/prada, or jil sander one of these days. and actually, thanks to sites like yoox, gilt, and rue la la, i may one day buy something.