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How Can You Have A Wardrobe Full Of Clothes, Yet Have Nothing To Wear?

Also, we buy at the spur of the moment without taking into consideration whether the piece matches with any other clothing or accessories we have.

I had to get that top altered at the eleventh hour for the upcoming party. The dress code mandated wearing something floral, pastel, or summery, and I was surprised I only had that one thing in my entire wardrobe to match the requirements. It was a first-hand affirmation to an article that a friend had sent just a few days ago.

With a brilliant stroke of humor, the author describes the dilemma most women face when it comes to deciding what to wear. Despite having a closet spilling all over with clothes, the commonly heard statement is “I have nothing to wear”.

I am not stereotyping, but do men and women really think differently?

My better half and I do differ in one area at least. Any time I ask him to buy clothes at the store, he has the same answer that he already has too many and does not need any more. Embarrassed as I am to acknowledge the truth, I cannot say the same for myself although I am the one who shops more frequently than him.

In my own defense, I would like to get it straight that I am not a shopaholic. It’s just that I feel the psychologies of men and women operate in different ways.

So is this another point to validate that men are from Mars and women from Venus? Well, let me not get into those complications and instead momentarily focus on the dressing issues of the sisterhood. Delving into the mind of women, I have come up with some observations.

So often have I heard young mommies raving about the wide selection of apparels for their little girls! And as I was bringing up my boy, I realized that there wasn’t much to choose from.

Well this scenario escalates to encompass the adults too. Not that men cannot expand their horizons, but let us accept the fact that their clothing choice is limited when compared to that of their female counterparts. It would not be an exaggeration to say that ladies have attires for every season. For the fashion-conscious female, the summer and fall clothing are clearly distinguishable from what she wears in the winter and spring. So this explains the reason for having plenty.

Hey! Have you seen the latest trends on Instagram?

Two decades ago, could anyone have foreseen that social media would dictate one’s clothing choices? A new trend that emerges in the social media landscape becomes popular overnight with a beeline of consumers going for it.

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At the other end of the spectrum, we have those who are extraordinarily conscious about their social media appearance. Someone funnily remarked that prior to a friend’s wedding, she was going through her albums on Facebook to make sure that she did not repeat any of the outfits she had worn earlier. She was worried that her potential photo likers would think that she wore the same clothes all the time!

For the Facebook/Instagram addict, exhibiting a wide range of outfits in the photo collection exemplifies the maxim that “variety is the spice of life.”

Why do we end up having so many clothes in our wardrobes?

Now what essentially are the reasons for running out of clothes although you have “God’s plenty”?

Well, most times we buy without thinking. Something at the store catches our eye, and we decide at that moment that it’s a must-have. We may not have taken into account when and how many times we are going to wear it. 

The wisdom comes much later when we realize that it cannot be worn on all occasions and that we have to wait for that special day to wear it. Also, we buy at the spur of the moment without taking into consideration whether the piece matches with any other clothing or accessories we have. So there comes one unnecessary addition to our collection simply because we mindlessly shopped.

“Hey where did you buy that dress/top?” is a question often asked. Whenever women see something beautiful that others are wearing, the tendency is to buy it. One common mistake we tend to make is that it may not look good on us just because it suited someone else.

Buying clothes of the same kind or color is another slip-up. We end up having too many outfits in our favorite color or design, and there comes a point at which we get bored of wearing the same look and feel that we have nothing to wear even though we may be running out of space in that closet!

Let’s try to be wiser!

Being kind and emotional is a soft trait that is often admirable but not when the expectations are unrealistic. You may have a deep sentimental attachment to those clothes from the yesteryears that you can no longer wear. But not getting rid of them with the hope that you might some day fit into them after losing those twenty odd pounds can be utterly foolish. Most times, they stay as showpieces, and you even tend to forget they are in the pile.

A very dangerous attraction that we get lured by is a sale running in a store. We get so intensely drawn to the low prices that we happen to buy stuff that we might have otherwise never purchased if the price was higher. It may not be our type, yet we buy the clothing because it is on sale, and the chances are high that it will stay unworn because we did not like it in the first place.

I have brainstormed and come up with the reasons behind this stylish dilemma. Yet I have not said anything new. It’s just plain common sense, but we still keep repeating the same mistakes. As wise as I may seem at this moment, I am not quite confident that there won’t come yet another one of those days when I’ll be standing before those clothes in my closet with a lost look and muttering to myself, “I have nothing to wear!”

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Rashmi Bora Das

Rashmi Bora Das is a freelance writer settled in the suburbs of Atlanta. She has a master’s degree in English from India, and a second master’s in Public Administration from the University of read more...

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