Before the year ends tonight, while some are frantically going through all the options of party wears for the count down, I am rushing to organize my closet. I figured this is my last chance of redeeming myself from all the procrastination piled up throughout the year that's been weighing me down. And that's putting it lightly...drowning me is more accurate! Holding onto my last chance of redemption and hoping for a brighter start next year, if the reorganization of my closet today is to symbolize hope the new year can bring, what will I keep?...what will I give away?
GIVE AWAYS/PUT AWAYS:
Clothes I no longer want to be
In the same way who you are will reflect on the way you dress, the way you dress will have the power to change who you are. Like forcing a smile when you are down, or getting out of your PJ and putting on a power suit when you just can't find any motivation to get out of bed, there's something about the way you look that has an often unnoticeable but powerful effect on your inner well-being and identity. So who do I no longer want to be in 2016? I no longer want to be a helpless romantic that perpetually lives vicariously through my fantasy. What to put away? My kaftans, dresses with lots of ruffles, and everything I bought for a walk along the beach during sunset. I guess there's a reason why this kind of clothing belong in "the resort collection". Put them away until the next vacation.
I don't know about you, but I have committed the crime of buying that less than perfect pair of black Mary Jane or that "just not so good" everyday winter coat way too many times. The lesson learned? Don't compromise!!! Because when that perfect black Mary Jane comes around, you will not have already wasted 5 pairs of shoes you will eventually give away. Don't waste your energy and resources on anything short of perfection. Give Away!
On the last day of our summer trip in Milan this year, my Mother and I had our first fight during the trip. She wanted to spend her last day in Milan shopping, more specifically, shopping for Lora Piana on via Monte Napoleone. That was something I really didn't want to do, so I tried persuading her out of it. In my attempt, I called her preference for brands like Lora Piana, boring in style and pretentious in the pursuit of quality and elegance. So you can imagine how the day went! But now I feel that my pompous remarks were wrong. Because time and again, quality and elegance have proven to be the winning combo to avoid or minimize fashion mistakes. More than half a century later, Jackie's wardrobe continues to inspire. The time tested classics are like wisdom that can carry you through life gracefully, even if you don't become the next fashion icon...
I have never regretted sacrificing a little rack space to keep the memory of how my first little black Prada dress made me feel. That freezing winter wind gusting through Bloor street had no power whatsoever over my determination to walk back what felt like 100 blocks to acquire that little piece of heavenly trophy. That little black trophy was part of the reason I fell in love with Canada. We moved to Canada 5 months later. However, we opted for a much lesser blazing climate and settled in Vancouver. Although I haven't worn the dress for over 20 years, that little happiness still puts a smile on my face every time I pull it out for a quick glimpse. It's priceless. Aren't memories what stories are made of? Designate a special space for them. Keep them alive!
'Another Level' Pieces
When something has the quality to inspire you, cause you to marvel at their beauty, even if its practical purpose or return is very little, it's a keeper for sure. I call them 'another level' pieces. They are not meant to be practical; so the price divided by usage rule or 'give away if you haven't worn it for a year' rule really don't apply. Like plunging into a great romance that doesn't end in a marriage or babies, the value of an 'another level' piece lies in how it takes your breath away. Plus, they often make the best party wears. I always say, "keep a good arsenal of great party wears." It's often difficult to find that most stunning dress after you receive a party invitation.
Note to self on welcoming the new year:
Don't be afraid to invest in beauty. People without the capacity to appreciate the value of beauty will continue their lives without. An impeccably curated wardrobe is an art not everyone will see the value of pursuing. They will just not be impeccably dressed. That's all. Happy New Year!