When it’s time to say goodbye to clothes are you self-disciplined or a hoarder? If you buy clothes in any quantity, it’s not that long, before wardrobe space becomes an issue. You can do what I do and buy more wardrobes but it’s not a permanent solution. It just gets you out of a tight spot. Speaking personally, I find it very hard to say goodbye. While I don’t own many clothes from the 1980s there’s plenty around that are from the ‘90s. Not everything is a luxury brand but there is a ton of vintage I no longer wear but that would be next to impossible to replace. What’s a girl to do?

If you need more space one option is to sell what you don’t wear. You don’t want to sell and be regretful, which is why it can be a good idea to set aside clothes you no longer wear in a ‘maybe’ category. This avoids making rash decisions. I don’t belong to the school of thought that says an item must go if it’s not been worn it in the last year.  But if you have a rummage, it can be surprising the amount of clothes you’ve forgotten about. This is a bit of a giveaway. If this is the ‘push’ to sell, then the ‘pull’ is surely the knowledge that some items are impossible to replace. What if you change your mind? Certainly, I am very attached to my vintage clothes even if they no longer fit me. But for most clothes perhaps there is  a ‘tipping’ point when the allure of the new, outweighs the allure of the old. Maybe.

In recent years I have sold less and gifted or donated more. Not just clothes but unused makeup. But it can be so hard to say goodbye to pretties. I sympathise with anyone who is wrangling with themselves over what items justify space. But making someone you know happy or donating to a good cause brings its own reward.

The good news is that if you mainly buy luxury brands your clothes will hold value. Just not in monetary terms. You can make someone very happy by gifting a dress or two. Perhaps something they could not otherwise afford. Whether you sell or gift items, it’s good to know you are giving dresses more life. Much greener than the alternative fast fashion.

Me? I find it hard to make decisions about my ‘good’ dresses.  Anything ‘rare’, ‘vintage’ or ‘expensive’ seems to be a friend for life. But that’s perhaps not the best way of looking at it. The maxim of ‘one in, one out’ is not a bad one. It means you cultivate self-discipline and never run out of wardrobe space. And for every treasure you part with, there is something new to look forward to