5 Reasons You Have Nothing to Wear

5 Reasons You Have Nothing to Wear

Do you wake up and feel like you have nothing to wear? It’s one of the main reasons clients call us.  Perhaps they hate to shop or feel like they are always shopping but never have enough. Other times they’ve had a life event, like weight loss, a new career or personal change. But in the end, it’s almost always because they are tired of waking up in the morning, often looking at a closet full of clothes, and feeling like they have nothing to wear.

5 Reasons you have Nothing to Wear

If this sounds like you, take a look at our 5 Reasons You Have Nothing to Wear, and how you can make some simple changes to fix it.

1. You are Unclear About Your Personal Style

Knowing your style is the number one key to having a consistent and efficient wardrobe. Until you have a clear understanding of your aesthetic, you’ll find yourself buying pieces that are “just okay” or don’t go with the other items in your wardrobe.

Solution: Take some time to define your style. In our 30 Day Style Challenge, our participants are starting to see how powerful this is first hand. Use Pinterest to create your Personal Style board, and then filter all of your choices through those images. This helps you create a wardrobe that looks like you. (Due to popularity, the next round of our 30 Day Style Challenge will start in a few weeks.  Be sure to follow the blog to learn when registration is opened.) 

2. You Do Not Have Enough Basics
If you are a frequent shopper, or you exclusively shop sales, you may have many fun pieces, but are limited with how frequently you can wear them. If this is the case, you likely do not have enough basics. From a percentage standpoint, about 70% of your wardrobe should be basics, and most of those pieces should be seasonless. The remaining 30% of your wardrobe can be fun, novelty pieces. It’s here where you can play with trends, patterns, and prints, sequins, etc. Without the basics, you’ll be lacking a core wardrobe, and limiting your mix and match potential.

Solution: Figure out the basic pieces you are missing. If, when you get dressed, you think, “I could use a (fill in the blank)” write it down. Keep a notepad by your closet so you can jot down your thoughts. The next time you shop, only shop from the list. Remember, there’s no list of basics for everyone. If you prefer pants to skirts, there’s no need for a basic black skirt. Only buy the basics that fit your needs.

3. Your Fit is Wrong.
If, when you get dressed, you are taking things on and off because they don’t look quite right, your fit is likely incorrect. When we try to make ill-fitting pieces work, something will look wrong. Unless you have a trained eye, it’s difficult to articulate what it is, and you’ll be left frustrated.

Solution: Take anything you are unsure about to a tailor for a quick once over. Something as simple as a hem, or taking some fullness out of a pair of pants can change your look for the better. When you do shop, utilize stores that offer alterations so you can get it done in one stop. If the stores you frequently do not offer alterations, use an outside tailor before you start to wear them.

4. You Have Too Much Stuff
A closet stuffed with too much prevents you from seeing what you have, limiting your ability to get dressed.

Solution: Edit your wardrobe once a season and keep up the maintenance every few weeks. I like to do a 5-minute tidy when I put away my dry cleaning. It makes the process less daunting.

5. You’re Only Buying One Category
Most of our clients have plenty of clothes for work but lack fun pieces or weekend wear, leaving them bored and scrambling when an event shows up on the calendar.

Solution: Take a look at how you spend your time and see if you have enough for each part of your life. The areas where you feel limited is where you should focus next time you shop.

If you are taking part in our first ever 30 Day Style Challenge, what are some of the reasons you are finding that you have nothing to wear?  Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

    1. I am guilty of saving things for special occasions- then a year goes by and they still have their tags on and I’ve bought several cheaper versions that I don’t like as much. I’m wearing the sweater I coveted today instead of its inferior copy- and I feel happy!

      1. That’s awesome! Many of our clients do the same thing and we always encourage them to wear what they love now! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  1. Megan, I remember your shock at my lack of basics the first time we met!! Once we solved that problem I suddenly had so many more options. One thing the thirty day challenge had helped me see is that now that I have more free I’m lacking in a few categories: gym clothes and comfortable presentable clothes for around the house… And no, they are not the same!!

  2. I think I have a nice mix of clothing – I just don’t know how to mix up my clothing. I wear the same pieces together. I have a nice Pinterest board with what I love but think I’m too lazy to actually pair up my clothing to make new and interesting outfits! I’m branching out with the style challenge and excited to ‘experiment’ more with my clothing and make new outfits!!!!!

  3. Great list. I’ve never put much thought into these kinds of things (anything to do with planning your wardrobe or figuring out personal style) until this challenge. It’s been pretty awesome for me to begin to figure these things out.
    As a negative, I’ve become a little judge-y toward people I love who need to figure out their closets (ie, GET RID OF THAT HIDEOUS DRESS, GIRL!) I need to direct those folks to your blog!!

  4. Oh it’s the lack of shoes that work for both style and my feet. Also, my life activities have changed as has my age. Add all together and I may look great in an outfit but only if barefoot is ok. Also, my build is better suited to picking up a younger look ..alas, age appropriate has become very much part of my consciousness and conversation.

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