Ugh! I Don’t Like My Clothes Anymore

Ugh! I Don’t Like My Clothes Anymore

I’ve been thinking about our post pandemic styles. Especially since I’m hearing from women who say “Ugh! I don’t like my clothes anymore!”

A client told me that her wardrobe depresses her. The silhouettes she used to love don’t look right, and everything feels outdated. She doesn’t want to wear any of it!

This got me thinking about my stuff. 

There’s so much that I haven’t worn since the pandemic. 

Like my beloved handbags. 

I know I’ll use my handbags again, but would I use these particular handbags?

This nudged me to dig deeper. I started sorting through the rest of the clothes I haven’t touched in a year.

There were some star players in there — pieces I’d worn to death in 2019. But now I wasn’t sure.

As re-entry into the outside world looms, we’ll soon be thinking about what to wear. How do we get excited for this when we don’t like our clothing options?

That’s what I’m going to share now. Click play to watch the video where I explain what happens when you’re feeling like Ugh, I hate my clothes!

And read on for more stylist tips.

There are 3 big reasons your previously beloved items —the ones that used to bring so much joy— aren’t doing it for you anymore. 

1. The Pandemic

Let’s start with the elephant in the room. The pandemic did a major disruption to our lifestyles. Some things will never return to how it was. And because of this lifestyle change, you have no use for certain items in your wardrobe. 

For example, I have a pair of high heel, knee-high boots. I don’t know that I’ll ever need these again. I’m also hearing from women who will permanently work from home so their suits are no longer necessary.

Think about what’s changed in your life and determine what pieces you’ll no longer have use for.

Here’s the next reason you’ll abandon certain items of clothing.

2. Your Taste Changed

A year is a long time. We shift and change as people so what we liked and who we were grows outdated. When I talk about an outdated wardrobe, it’s not just about what’s in-style. It’s about what’s no longer relevant to you as a person. What no longer feels like YOU.

In our recent session, my client showed me her distressed skinny jeans that she used to love. She hated the way they looked on her now. She’s no longer the person who enjoys wearing distressed skinny jeans.

For me, it’s one of my blazers. I loved it and wore it all the time in 2019. Then the pandemic happened, and my need for it decreased…which was a lifestyle change. But I will be back in my blazers again. It’s just this one. I don’t love it anymore. Something about the style and the way I had it tailored two years ago no longer feels like me.

Get honest with yourself and ask what’s in your wardrobe that you don’t like anymore.

Now for the final reason you don’t want to wear your clothes. 

3. They’re Uncomfortable

Our clothes are like a second skin — we need them to feel comfortable. It’s likely that the pandemic-induced lifestyle change caused our tolerance for discomfort to skyrocket. (My bras feel tighter lately, and I keep meaning to look into buying more wireless bras!)

You may decide that you’re done with the structured blazers you used to wear, and will opt for one in a softer, more breathable fabric.

Or maybe you’re no longer wearing jeans. After all the leggings-wear, it may feel too restrictive.

For me, it’s one of my handbags. Pre-pandemic I used to load up my bags —pack them to the brim— and this particular bag got really uncomfortable when I’d lug it around. I don’t know if I’ll be able to tolerate that discomfort anymore!

Ugh, I Hate My Clothes

Those are the reasons you don’t want to wear your clothes anymore. Now I’m going to share how to handle this situation. How do you get excited to re-enter the outside world when you have no good clothing options?

You need to realign your style.

This means that either you need to discover new ways to wear your clothes, or clear them out.

Because it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it! Focus on the pairings and the way you’re styling your outfits. Regarding my blazer that I don’t love anymore, perhaps if I wear it over a dress, it’ll feel more inspiring.

And if not, it needs to go.

Your Style Refresh

Realigning your wardrobe is essential during any transition which is exactly what we’re coming up on as we think about re-entering the outside world.

Do this by getting into your closet and ask yourself for new ways to wear your clothes. You can do it on your own. Or you can join me in my NEW group styling program, 90 Day Style Refresh, which will be a lot more fun!

In this program we’ll realign your wardrobe so that you know not just what to wear, but HOW to wear it.  

You know those items in the back of your closet that you never know what to do with? I’ll help you create outfits with them just like I’ve done with the many celebrities I’ve styled on shoots.

Or, if your garments have grown outdated…I’ll help you see that too.

One of the reasons you don’t like your clothes is because you’re looking to the past. You’re getting dressed based on who you used to be. That’s why it’s confusing and you don’t know what to wear, or where to shop or what to buy.

So much has changed in the past year. It’s important that your style reflects these changes. You don’t want to show up as an older, outdated version of yourself. You want to be the brightest and most beautiful version! And that’s who we’ll tap into in 90 Day Style Refresh. You’ll capture your true beauty and express it on the outside.

This program will cover the basics like body shape & color palettes— so you know how to highlight your strengths and look more vibrant. And you’ll also go deeper to reconnect to who you are and who you are becoming. You will see how getting dressed can feel like second nature, and your outfits will come together like magic. 

Plus refreshing with a small group of like-minded women will feel festive! 

So if you’re ready to spring back to life with more energy and an inspired wardrobe, join me in 90 Day Style Refresh. Click this link to get all the details and sign up.

Elysha Lenkin
I help women over 40 feel unforgettable in their clothes.

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