I’m here today to advocate for the summery items in your closet that have patiently anticipated the touch of your fingertips and the chance to be worn this season. (Insert subliminal message: Wear it now, wear it now.)
While June, July, and now nearly all of August, have raced by those eager items fear that Fall will arrive and they’ll never have made it out of the closet. They want me to alert you to the fact that they are ready to please you like crazy if you give them the chance. (Re-insert subliminal message: Wear it now, wear it now.)
They’re right you know. Last night I was outside and smelled Fall in the air. I don’t want to put you all in a panic, but if you have lovely pieces in your closet that you haven’t worn yet, you’re running out of opportunities to wear them. The solution? Wear them now!
I’m talking about those summer frocks and skirts made of eyelet, lightweight linen pants in white or pastel colors. I’m talking about summer hats and bags.
Wear It Now because your window of opportunity is narrowing
I opened my closet on Saturday morning and heard some strong language coming from my Alembika striped dress. “Why haven’t you chosen me?” it said with sad eyes.
I guess I’d been waiting for the right moment. I thought I’d wear it to a local restaurant for al fresco dining with Russ. Or when we invited the new neighbors to a wine bar to welcome them to the neighborhood. Or while strolling through shops in St. Helena with girlfriends. I don’t know what happened. Not those things. Maybe Baby Viv happened?
I said, “I know, Fun Dress, I’ve meant to reach for you, but I haven’t. I’m going to get a pedicure. Do you want me to choose you when I go to Nail Pro?”
You should have seen its glee. Its sleeves were flapping side to side.
Viv says Wear It Now because it fits
Another person in the family is looking in the closet to see what she can wear now. Her window of opportunity is getting slimmer as she’s putting on weight. I was on the phone with my daughter Caitlin. She said, “Viv’s growing out of her 0-3 month clothes. From now on, she’s wearing her fancy clothes every day. ”
On Wednesday she’s wearing the pink gingham sleeveless dress with strawberry appliques. It fits and it’s not forgotten. Yay!
The next day she’s wearing the white dress with flowers, tucks, and red rick rack trim. It fits. Good girl, Viv!
Can you wear it now? Fit issues for the modern woman.
This month I’ve been reviewing summer items in my clients’ closets. If something hasn’t been worn, I want to discover why. If pieces aren’t working for my client’s style or lifestyle, it’s time to pack them up and take them to a consignment store while they still have a chance of selling. It won’t be long before consignment stores close the door on summer items and only accept fall pieces.
As is true of most women’s bodies, they are prone to change. Pounds are added or lost, or pounds get redistributed in a unique way while sleeping. If something doesn’t fit, it’s best to move it out of your closet to where someone else has a chance to wear it: consignment, charity, a relative. That way the clothes that really work will get noticed and chosen.
With the remaining summery items, I’ll style each one in a new way to make them fresh and urge her to wear it this week. (You can do this yourself at home.)
What happened when I wore the summer dress
If I’m honest I will admit to having a bit of regret over waiting until the end of August to wear this dress. I forgot how incredibly fun it is to wear!
A few hours after I got my toes painted I drove to Petaluma to Urban Elements and Ruthie cut my hair. The dress totally did not want to go home after the haircut so we visited the ladies at Uber Optics on Kentucky Street and caught up on summer news.
It was a breezy day and this dress was loving it!
This dress brought the party and all I was doing was errands. Thank you striped dress for speaking up!
Try this tip at home in your closet
With some urgency in my voice, I ask you to look in your closet today (tomorrow at the latest) and see if there’s something in there that you haven’t worn this season. If you love it (and I know you do or it wouldn’t be in your closet) and you haven’t worn it this summer, wear it this week. If it’s something you consider too special to wear for every day and the right occasion hasn’t arrived yet, make today that special day just because.
Take it from Baby Viv and her grammafoxy (AKA your trusty image consultant) that you’ll be so happy you did!
Will you tell us your plans? What will you be wearing within 48-hours? Viv and I are going to do a happy dance for each and every one of you who come back before the weekend’s over saying, “I wore it!” Do share!