Have you ever added up the cost of the clothing that hangs unworn in the back of your closet? The amount of money is scary isn’t it? Yet, I bet you never went into a store and said, “Give me something ugly to buy?” No, of course you didn’t. Yet if you are like the typical woman, you only wear approximately 20 to 30 percent of your wardrobe.
It’s time to evaluate your clothing and end closet guilt! All you need a full-length mirror. Take one outfit at a time. Is the color flattering? If the answer is no, evaluate it. Can you wear it with a scarf that would bring a more flattering color near your face? If the answer is no again—get rid of it. You can fix a lot of things but color isn’t one of them.
If it is one size too tight, take it out of your everyday closet and store it until you have lost weight. On the other hand if the item is too large, then examine it closely. Is it made of good fabric? Do you like the style and color? Does it go with other things in your closet? If the answer to all of these questions is yes, then consider if the alterations to fix it would cost less than half the price of a new garment? If the answer is no (except for a sentimental attachment), get rid of it!
The most frustrating problems are the outfits that have a great color and fabric but you just don’t “feel” right when you wear them. Most likely the proportion is wrong for your body. Compare the unworn clothing to your favorites. What is the same and what is different?
In art class, they teach that the perfectly proportioned figure is eight head lengths long. Of course each designer has his or her own standard. For one, the perfect model might be 5 foot 6 inches for another 5 foot 8 inches and so forth. No wonder clothing sizes between designers vary.
In an art class, I tried to paint a life size portrait of myself for my mother. I had a friend measure my head, stretched out the canvas and measured out 8 head lengths. The only problem was that the body in the sketch was 5 foot 7 inches but I was only 5 foot 2 inches!
Immediately, I realized that those missing 5 inches were the reason that clothes didn’t look as good on me as they did on the models in magazines. Since figures and clothing have similar math components I set about trying to develop a mathematical formula, which would put clothing in perfect proportion for my figure. It took about a year and a half but finally I had it. I knew the exact mathematical hemlines for skirts, dresses, shorts, capris, jacket lengths for me! When I tried the formula on my friend’s measurements, it worked for them as well, without fail.
Although I didn’t know it at the time, the results of the formula are independent of weight gain and loss. Thirty-five years later, although I am heavier, my vertical measurements are the same. After I retired from a successful corporate career, I joined in partnership with Kathy McFadden to form Pivotal Impressions and help every woman look her best through linear proportion. We have named the mathematical solution the Fashion Fit Formula. End closet guilt forever!
By Janet Wood