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We all have stuff in our closet that hasn’t seen the light of day in quite some time, for one reason or another. But I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 3 common reasons you may not be maximizing your wardrobe potential, and the ways you can kick these bad habits and get to a more fashionable you – pronto!

1. You aren’t wearing things because they don’t fit properly. As a frugal stylist and personal shopper for clients, I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been helping someone edit their closet and create a lookbook, and they will show me garment after garment they haven’t worn in a while (or in some cases, have never even popped the tags off), because it doesn’t fit properly and needs to be taken to a tailor. To that I say, take a page out of any of your favorite celebs playbook. Most of their garments fit like they were custom made — boho chic and boyfriend looks aside — and you too can achieve this.

A little tip: Even the most affordable of garments look more expensive with a little nip and tuck. Yes, it’s a tiny time commitment to have clothes tailored, but when you get all those “new” garments back, you’ll be glad you made the investment.

2. Your clothes are so jam packed in your closet, you forget the stuff you have. Do you ever get in a rut where you find yourself wearing the same things over and over? I completely empathize — it takes work to take inventory of what you have and create new looks. Lack of space is sometimes the culprit. I know because I live in a cozy New York apartment (yes, cozy) and I understand having to stuff clothes in every open crevice — often forgetting you own half of it because you don’t see it.

What do I do? Well, there is this great app called Netrobe that allows you to take photos of your closet, catalogue outfit options, and share it all with friends — so shopping your own closet just got easier.

3. You are still holding on to things that don’t “wow” you — wouldn’t it be nice to have a wardrobe full of things that excite you to put on, that fit well, and made you feel good when you wore them? Well, you gotta make room for it! If you are content in holding on to things that no longer serve you, there won’t be space for all the fabulous new items you find along the way.

My solution: Have a swap with your most fashionable friends, donate to a thrift based charity for a tax write off, consign, or sell your things on eBay. Whatever you decide to do, purge your closet so there’s room for all the things you absolutely love — and you may be inspired to grab some new things just in time for the end of summer sales.

Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of, a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime — created after a massive unexpected layoff forced her to hone in on her true passion.

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