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Out With the Old, In With the New: Seven Signs It's Time to Update Your Wardrobe for the New Year

It’s easy to collect things throughout the year, especially when it comes to men’s clothing. You may be of the opinion you can never have too many clothes. There comes a time, however, when too much is simply too much. When your wardrobe is spilling over into your bedroom, and you find yourself contemplating purchasing a second (or even third) chest of drawers to house your knit sweater collection, something has got to give. As the year winds down, now is the perfect time to get rid of all the men’s clothing items you don’t really need.

This isn’t always easy, especially if you’re a man of style and taste and simply want to have as many options as possible to choose to wear on a daily basis, but it’s something that must be done on occasion. You may be expecting a few new ensembles during the holiday season or may even be planning on purchasing some new suits, tweed jackets or ties for the new year. Making room for them all is essential.

So, how do you go about it? Here are seven signs that you really don’t need that article of clothing any more.

Get Rid of it: How to Decide What to Toss and What to Keep

When Did you Last Wear it?

If your wardrobe is past full, chances are you have quite a few articles of men’s clothing you haven’t worn in a while. They may be hanging in the back or sitting in the bottom drawer of your chest of drawers. These articles may have originally had a purpose, but that reason is long since forgotten. They most likely didn’t fit your style, especially if you haven’t worn them in the last six months to a year. If this is the case, don’t hold onto them. Give them away or sell them. Someone else will put them to good use.

Does it Fit?

Bodies change. You may have gotten a bit taller, a bit shorter or a bit rounder. That’s okay, but as you know, fit is everything when it comes to men’s tweed jackets, suits and other articles of men’s clothing. If you can’t get into a suit jacket because it’s too small, don’t let it sit in the back of your wardrobe collecting dust. Donate it or get rid of it in some other way. If the piece is too large, be honest with yourself about it. Will you actually take the time to go to the tailor to have it altered to fit your body? Or will it continue to take up space? If you answered the latter, do like Elsa and let it go.

Is it Really You?

Over time, your style is bound to change. While you once may have spent your days in jeans, t-shirts and chinos, you’ve grown up, and dress more conservatively for your professional life, wearing tweed jackets, stylish polos and men’s suits. If you’re holding onto an article of clothing simply because of the memories it brings back or because it is still in decent condition, don’t. If you don’t like it or if it’s not your style, you aren’t going to wear it. It’s simply not you anymore.

Is it Going to Make it?

Take a good look at the fibres and makeup of the ensemble. Does it look like it’s going to make it through another year? Does it look like it will make it another week? If there’s holes in it or the fabric looks like it’s worn down, it’s time for it to go into retirement. If you like the style and want to wear it, consider purchasing another piece of clothing similar to it instead.

Is it Damaged?

Over time, a lot can happen to your suits, knitwear and tweed jackets. You may have accidentally spilled wine all over your suit jacket at the Christmas part last year and simply never got around to taking it to the dry cleaner to remove the stain. Now it looks horrible, and you can’t imagine ever wearing it again. So, do you really need it taking up room in your wardrobe? If a stain’s been sitting too long to be repaired by a professional or if you can’t turn the clothing into something you can simply wear around the house (no, you really won’t wear that suit around the house,) then get rid of it.

Is it Appropriate?

You like to be prepared for every occasion, and it’s for that reason your wardrobe is overflowing. However, if your job doesn’t require you to wear a suit every single day, there’s no reason you should own ten. This type of clothing doesn’t fit your lifestyle, so you don’t need it. Cut the choices down to just a few you can wear to the occasional funeral, wedding or event. The same goes with other articles of clothing as well. If you don’t spend time at the gym, you really don’t need an entire drawer dedicated to athletic wear.

Are There Multiples?

You found a tweed jacket you really like, or maybe even a navy blue polo shirt that makes your eyes pop. You love them, and can’t imagine not wearing them on a regular basis. As a result, you convinced yourself that you need five of each. After all, what happens if one is dirty or stolen by thieves? While having multiple items of clothing is fine, you never want too many. This makes it easy for you to wear the same thing, over and over again, and makes it look as if you only own a few items of clothing. You probably won’t were each of them, either, and those you don’t wear will simply collect dust. Instead, save back two or even three of the items, then get rid of the rest. Use the empty space to try out a new shirt or type of men’s tweed jacket.

Tired of having to dig through your wardrobe to find that one item of clothing you really want to wear? The new year is coming, so make a new start. Get rid of all those pieces of clothing you don’t really need.

By Brook Taverner 7 December 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments