Are You In? Take the WH fashion challenge! Donating clothes to charity is good for the soul—and the ego (no more wish-I-were-still-that-size reminders!). Give away 10 ill-fitting items, and for those jeans you just can’t part with, use our workout on page 63. Heck, start a donation movement on Facebook! Tag the post @Women’s Health.
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3 / Your closet is filled with sale items that still have the tags on.
The diagnosis: You may be trying to fill a void
in your personal life with the instant high
that comes from spending cash, or you simply
aren’t reaching satiety when you shop.
“Overloading on sale items you don’t love is
like having five fat-free cookies instead of
one of the real thing,” says Baumgartner.
The Rx: W hen the shopping urge hits, meet
a friend for coffee or take a gym class—the
need for a new blouse may pass. Leave your
credit cards at home and put anything you
want on hold; you’ll go back only for items
you love. Finally: The value of a purchase
depends more on how much you’ll wear it
than the price; 20 bucks is a bigger waste
than $200 if that skirt never gets body time.
4 / You can’t bear to ditch your high school varsity jacket, your ex’s sweatshirt, and those skinny jeans that are three sizes too small.
The diagnosis: You may
be clinging to reminders
of who you once were,
where you’ve been, or
what you used to look
like, says Diller, author
of Face It: What Real
Women Feel as Their
Looks Change. Hoarding
mementos from failed
five pairs of pants you
may never fit into again
can make you feel
crummy and keep you
from embarking on new
endeavors, she says.
The Rx: Remember
that your clothes aren’t
symbols of your
experiences (the person
you’ve become is, silly),
then allow yourself a
medium-size linen box
for special items, says
your duds once or twice
a year. Things that don’t
fit perfectly go into one
of three piles, says Kelly:
too tight, way too big,
and sort of loose. The
first two go to charity or
consignment shops, and
the third to a tailor.
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5 / You can’t see the clothes you have because your closet is so cluttered.
The diagnosis: Some people like to surround
themselves with things that comfort
them ( lots of clothes and memories), but
this can actually have the opposite effect.
Disorganization is not comforting, says Diller.
The Rx: Separate clothes by type (keep
s weaters together, pants together, and so on).
If you’re feeling ambitious, organize by color
within those categories. Think vertically to
make the most of your space: “Stacking shelves
or boxes are great for shoes and sweaters, and
hanging jewelry looks beautiful on the wall,”
says Goodman. Try to get anything that’s
out of season out of sight (like under the bed).
Stores that got their
start abroad, like Zara
(Spain) and Joe Fresh
(Canada), sell timely,
In November, find sleek
dresses, skirts, and more
from Narciso Rodriguez,
starting at $30, at Kohl’s.
Maison Martin Margiela’s
line for H&M hits stores
on November 15.