Shirtdresses, gingham, cowboy boots… if you're one of those women who finds vintage gold in mum's wardrobe every time you take a trip home, you'll have learnt from a young age that fashion trends are cyclical. But does that warrant keeping everything? And how do you know when it's time to get rid of your clothes?
This is a particularly pertinent question for those of us who live in tiny spaces—and unlike Carrie Bradshaw, we actually use our ovens for cooking. Add to the mix the speed at which today's fashion cycle operates, and you're left with quite the predicament.
"I'm pretty strict with my clothes—these days it's not so much 'one in, one out'—which I have done, but I do really consider what gets to stay and what gets passed on," says Work Work Work's founder Katherine Ormerod. "I give a lot of clothes away to friends and charity mostly because I live in 50 square metres and have a boyfriend, so there's just not room to lose your mind with clothes."
A pair of designer leather boots like these are a work of art, and if you look after them properly, there's no reason they shouldn't last you a lifetime. Plus, the more you wear them, the better they fit.
Just because you've worn something so much you feel like it's lost its wow factor, don't get rid of it. Pack it away for a few years, and wait until you're excited by it again: Statement tops are easy to grow tired of, but they're impossible to replace.
If you have ever owned and lost/given away a super-soft and well-made leather jacket, you'll have experienced a particularly potent type of regret. Trust us, hang on to it these as if your life depends on it.
A Beautiful Dress That's Only for Special Occasions
When it comes to incredible clothes, the three-month rule simply does not apply. Even if you only wear a dress like this twice in your life, if you love it—keep hold of it. And maybe just keep it hanging on the back of your door so you can enjoy it every day in between.