‘I have nothing to wear’

Sept. 29, 2008

by Kristen Miller

Don’t get me wrong, I really do like the warm weather we have been blessed with, but it’s making it hard to find something to wear.

Picking out an outfit that is conducive to cool mornings and warm afternoons can be tricky.

Aside from the fact that it’s no longer shorts-and-tank-top weather, finding an outfit at any change of season can be a bear, and make me one in the process, as well.

For the past couple weeks, I’ve come to work and told the ladies here how my bed was full of clothes because I couldn’t find anything to wear.

As if I have no clothes, right?

Many have heard me say it before, “I have nothing to wear,” but we all know that’s not true. I have plenty to wear, but there are times that I have nothing I want to wear.

Going shopping is fun. It’s always nice to have new clothes, but when the economy is like it is, who wants to take the chance and spend unnecessary money?

While I was searching for something to have an opinion on, I found an article on the CBS News’ site “Money Watch.”

I read the article, which focused on making the best of what you have already in the closet, along with some helpful tips. I found it helpful and I thought you might as well – unless you wear a uniform, in which case you don’t have to spend countless minutes in the morning standing in front of your closet pondering what to wear.

In the article, it talked about the new book, “Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet with Style,” by Melanie Charlton Fascitelli and how the author transformed one woman’s wardrobe by piecing different items together.

Charlton Fascitelli first suggests cleaning out one’s closet and organizing it so you know what you have in it.

I know that, especially when seasons change, I’ve forgotten what clothes I already own for the upcoming season.

Since I get excited for the new fall fashions, I need to stop to look at what I have to work with before running out and buying unnecessary items.

The closet expert recommends sorting through shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, scarves, and shoes, and color-coordinating them from light to dark.

She also suggests donating the clothes and accessories you absolutely know you will never wear again. This will help keep your closet tidy, making it easier to see what you have to choose from. It might also help your mentality to not have to look at clothes you dislike or are out-of-date and style.

The main objective of the book is to help people look at what they already have, and design a look that’s unique, so one doesn’t feel like running out and buying a new wardrobe every time the seasons change.

What frustrates me is the lack of time I allow myself in the morning to pick out an outfit.

Maybe I should go back to those elementary school days and pick out my clothes the night before.

This will give me more time to pick out a unique outfit, and it will save me from having to hang all of those clothes when I get home.