Enter Jaclyn Shanfeld, the 29-year-old founder and CEO of Shop Hers, an online consignment store which allows users to price and sell their own high-end designer goods. Before starting the site, Shanfeld, like most of us, would hold on to an item she never wore in hopes that the trend would one day return and she would suddenly be excited to own it. “That’s sort of the old-school way of thought,” says the entrepreneur. “But, now that you actually have a way in which you can sell it, make your money back, and buy that new Kenzo sweatshirt or distressed Rag & Bone jean that you’ve been salivating over.”
So, how do you know when it’s time to part with an item in your closet? Ahead, Shanfeld breaks down the six different categories of clutter to ditch immediately. Trust, the extra rack room will make it all worth it.
The Two Week Rule
“If something still has the tags on it two weeks after you bought it, get rid of it — unless it’s something you’re planning to wear to a specific event, an upcoming trip, or buying for a different season. You’re never going to wear it. The luster is over.”
Make The Cut
“Let go of all items you bought because of their trendy cut — but, don’t actually flatter your body type. If you bought it because you wanted to keep up with Joneses, but you have no intention of ever wearing a harem pant — or, you have pear-shaped body and you don’t like how the fit-and-flare dresses in your closet fit you — get rid of it and move on! Instead, buy something that is actually sustainable for your body type.”
“Keeping clothes that are too small as a way to motivate yourself to lose weight is just plain mean. It’s not motivational. If it doesn’t fit you today, maybe it will in the future, but guess what? When you lose those 10 pounds, there will be something even better to buy.”
The Ex Factor
“If you go through a rough breakup, you don’t need gifts from your ex just sitting around your home as a constant reminder. Why keep that piece of jewelry or handbag once the relationship is over? It’s bad juju. Sell it and let it have another life. Plus, you can get something you really want with the money earned from selling it.”
No Pain, More Gain
“I don’t care how beautiful a pair of shoes are — if they’re painful to wear, get rid of them. Their beauty is never going to outweigh how annoying you are that night that you wear them. It doesn’t matter how your legs look in them, you’ll be miserable all night, and you won’t be able to hide it. There are enough amazing shoes out there that are both sexy and, also, give you the longevity to wear them throughout the evening. You don’t need to hold on to the blister shoes. The worst thing I hear is, ‘I can’t walk in them, but they’re kind of like furniture in my closet. I have them on display.’ For who are you displaying these for? You wouldn’t spend $500 on a tchotchke for your mantle, right?”
Forget The Unforgettable
“Once you’ve worn a bold, super-trendy item once or twice around town, it’s time to move on. If the piece is memorable enough to be remembered by your least fashion-focused friends, why not go and get yourself new memory?”
Illustrated by Sydney Hass
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