You know those clothes in your closet that you never really wear but whenever you get rid of your clothes you always look at it and say "these aren't bad" and keep them anyways? I have a lot of those kinds of clothes. They're like the clothes that don't quite fit your style anymore so you don't wear them on a day to day basis, but they're pretty nice clothes anyways that you feel like you might wear sometime.

Recently, I've been tidying up according to Marie Kondo's book, the life-changing magic of tidying up. Her philosophy is to get rid of anything that no longer sparks joy. However, I've been having a tough time letting go of a lot of my things, thinking that maybe if I keep them, now that I remember having them, they may spark joy. So I decided to put that to the test and wear these items of clothing for a week to see if they're even worth keeping around.

Read more: I Followed Marie Kondo's KonMari Method to Tidy Up My Closet And This is What Happened

But let's be clear, the description for these types of clothes is long and awkward, so from now on throughout the post, I will be calling these "maybe keep" clothes. 

A couple of months ago, I had an idea to do a post on me wearing my least loved clothes from my closet for a week, aka doing head to toe items that I didn't really like wearing anymore but I still kept around, but I just felt so uncomfortable and not like myself. I felt like my past self, which discounted a lot of my confidence because I have grown and changed since I last wore those outfits. As a result, I'm going to be pairing them with clothes that I know that I do like, because I want to pair it realistically the way that I would if I decided to keep them. This means that I will probably have one "maybe keep" item per outfit.

To judge each item, I have a few methods of criteria for assessment:

1) Do I feel confident in it?
For me, confidence is key for what I wear. One of the main reasons why I'm so invested in fashion is because it has the power to make or break my day because it can have such a big impact on my mood and mindset. As a result, I want to only wear clothes that I feel good in and that make me feel confident.

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2) Would I wear it again? Can I find other outfit possibilities for this item or does it only fit with this specific outfit?
Practicality is important for what I wear. There are some things in my closet that I absolutely love, but I rarely ever wear them. I want to have clothes that I can wear in different capacities, that I can style in different forms, and that can be worn more than once.

3) Lastly, will I keep this item?
Based off of the first two answers, I will decide the ultimate question that I am trying to answer: is it worth keeping or is it time to say goodbye to these items?

Day One

"Maybe keep" item: White lace top from Abercrombie (similar)

On the first day, I assessed this white lace top. It's from Abercrombie, which is a pretty good indicator of how long I've had it considering I got it during the elementary school to middle school Abercrombie phase that I think a lot of people had. I styled it first with a pair of paperbag pants (aka something trendy now that I'm super into) and then changed later into a pair of jeans. 

Do I feel confident in it?
I felt pretty confident in it. I felt a bit more confident in the first outfit with the paper bag pants, mostly because I love wearing that kind of pants. It surely did not make me as confident as some of the other items in my closet, an indicator of why I don't really wear it, but I still feel quite confident in it.

Would I wear it again?
I think that I would wear this top again. It's pretty easy to wear since it's just white. It's very easy to style and looks pretty timeless.

Lastly, will I keep this item?
I think that I will. I can't say that I'm going to wear it all the time, but I do think that I should not get rid of it because I will wear it every now and then and I still feel pretty good in it. 

Day Two

"Maybe keep" items: Striped skirt from Marshalls (similar) and black mock neck top from Topshop (similar)
"Already love" items: watch from Daniel Wellington, necklace from Charming Charlie (similar), espadrilles from Alpagaratus (Spanish company, don't have the same color of these shoes) (similar)

Do I feel confident in it?
I didn't feel bad in this outfit, but I didn't feel spectacular in it either. When I put it on, I remembered why I don't really wear this skirt. I generally like to put my skirts at around the waist area. When I put it at the waist area, the skirt is very short to the point that I just feel uncomfortable. It just feels like the skirt is designed to be worn more at the hip area because then it would be a better length. As a result, I felt a little uncomfortable wearing it because I felt like I needed to keep pulling it down.

Would I wear it again?
I feel like I would not wear it again. For me, my main concern was less about the look of the skirt, because it really looks pretty decent, but just the comfort of wearing it. I don't want to have to wear something that I feel like I have to keep worrying about pulling down. It's just not really that practical for my needs.

Lastly, will I keep this item?
I do not think that I will keep this skirt. It's just a little too short for my liking. 

Day Three

"Maybe keep" item: Plaid flannel from American Eagle
"Already love" items: watch from Daniel Wellington, scrunchie from Francesca's, leggings from Aerie, sneakers from Adidas

Do I feel confident in it?
I felt okay wearing this, I just felt rather content in terms of my confidence. I didn't feel bad, but I didn't feel amazing either. However, the shirt is very comfortable, which made me feel a little bit better in it.

Would I wear it again?
I think that I would wear it again. It is very comfortable, which is the main reason why I wanted to give this shirt a second chance. It's the fact that the shirt looks pretty decent and feels comfy which makes it worth wearing again and adds extra practicality.

Lastly, will I keep this item?
I think that I will keep this shirt. It's the kind of thing that is as comfortable as pajamas but looks good enough to wear out on a lazy day and I can still feel generally content in terms of my confidence and I think that those kinds of pieces still serve purpose in having.

Day Four

The main reason why I don't really like this romper is because I feel like the fit isn't that great. It's a little bit baggy, which is why I wear it with the belt. It's not so obvious that it looks awkwardly baggy, for example, it looks fine in the picture, but in real life the shape just isn't quite right. 

"Maybe keep" item: Romper from Forever 21 (similar)

Do I feel confident in it?
I felt decently confident in this romper. It's not really the kind of outfit that I'm excited to wear, but upon revisiting it I wouldn't say that I'm not confident when I wear it. There are things that I feel more confident in, but I wouldn't say that I feel bad in it either.

Would I wear it again?
I think that I would. It's pretty comfortable because it is kind of baggy and it looks pretty okay on me, despite my initial thoughts of it being too baggy.

Lastly, will I keep this item?
I'm still on the fence about this item, but I'm leaning towards yes. This romper may not be my favorite item in my closet, but it doesn't mean that I shouldn't wear it and that I won't wear it. It's something that I still feel pretty good in, so to me it's worth keeping around.

Day Five

"Maybe keep" item: Bow top from Forever 21 (couldn't find a similar)

Do I feel confident in it?
I feel like the main reason that I don't really wear this top anymore is because it just doesn't fit my personal style anymore. I think that the top looks lovely and it was in fact one of my favorite shirts a few years ago. Looking at this photo, I think that this top looks great. It made me second guess why I didn't really wear it anymore. However, when I finally put it on to wear out, I just felt that it wasn't me. I guess that it wasn't that I did not feel confident in it, I felt okay in it. It just didn't feel right.

Would I wear it again?
I am not sure if I would wear it again. It just doesn't feel quite like me when I wear it. It can match with clothes in my wardrobe and I could style it in other ways, I just don't know if I want to.

Lastly, will I keep this item?
I am very much on the fence for this. It is a gorgeous top and I like it, but it just doesn't really fit my personal style anymore. Per the Marie Kondo theory, I should let go of it because it served its purpose. It brought me joy then and it has done its job. However, I just feel bad getting rid of it because it is nice and I do like it. 

Day Six

"Maybe keep" items: Blue cardigan from Old Navy (similar), fruit dress from Aritzia (similar)

I remember when I first got this dress, I loved it. I was obsessed with the print of it and was so excited to wear it. However, I don't really wear it much anymore. I think that a large part of it is because I a) don't really have occasions to wear this and b) the skirt is a little short. 

Do I feel confident in them?
I feel relatively confident in it. I don't feel as confident in it as I did when I first bought it, I remember I was so happy when I first got it, but I don't necessarily feel bad in it either. I definitely feel more comfortable and like myself in it when I wear it with the sweater as opposed to just the dress on its own because I feel very exposed without the sweater. Therefore I do feel more confident in the cardigan, giving some brownie points to it.

Would I wear them again?
I'm not sure if I would keep the dress. The main reason that I don't wear it a lot in the first place is still true now. I just don't have occasions for me to wear it at. It also feels a little short, which I already mentioned being a reason for me being unsure about keeping it. As for the cardigan, I think that I would wear it again. Cardigans are so easy to match with things and are super practical for staying warm and comfortable.

Lastly, will I keep these items?
I am still unsure about the dress. The thing is that I do really like the look of it, but it's missing that practicality element. As for the cardigan, I think that I will keep it. I do like that it's a bit longer of a cardigan because I'm definitely into long cardigans now and I think that the reason that I stopped wearing it was because I was getting really into chunky knit cardigans at the time. However, this cardigan is a lot less bulky and warm and I think it could really come into use when the weather is a bit more in-between, like spring or fall. 

Day Seven

"Maybe keep" item: striped crop top from Forever 21 (similar)

I think that the main reason why I haven't really worn this top is because I haven't really been that comfortable in crop tops until recently, especially fitted ones. I generally like wearing more flowy crop tops, but this one is a bit more out of my comfort zone and I didn't like how it hitched up

Do I feel confident in it?
When I put this outfit on, I actually felt so confident and so good. Like seriously, I loved wearing this. I felt awesome. There's no doubt about it, I feel confident in this.

Would I wear it again?
I think that I would wear this top again, definitely with this outfit. I think the problem with this top is that it's a crop top and while I can wear it with high waisted jeans, it still shows a strip of skin that I don't really like/feel comfortable showing, so I can only wear it with super high waisted bottoms. I think that if I can find a maxi skirt, this top would look sooooo good with one.

Lastly, will I keep this item?
I think that it's worth keeping around, even if I only ever wear it with these pants, because I just felt really confident in this outfit. I'm only now becoming more comfortable in crop tops, so maybe I will become more comfortable wearing this in the future. 

What's the takeaway?

Fit your old clothes with your new clothes. Wearing all old clothes will make you feel like your old self, disrupting some of your confidence. You are growing and changing, so it only makes sense that your style would change as well to indicate that.

Just like the way that we change, a bit of the things that you liked in the past can still be liked in the present, as long as you find a way to merge it with your new lifestyle. It's like finding an old candle jar and repurposing it to become something else. It wouldn't look the exactly the same as it did before, but it is something a little bit different to fit your new needs. 

It's worth trying on old clothes that you're considering getting rid of because you can understand how they make you feel. 

There are some clothes that I thought that I might want to keep, but the second I tried them on, I realized that there was absolutely no way that I wanted to keep it. I tried on a pair of low waisted jeans that at first I thought I would keep, but then I realized that I hate low waisted jeans now. On the other hand, I tried on some things and I wondered why I never wore them because I find that I do like them today. However, you'll never know until you put those clothes on. 

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