When the words “spring” and “cleaning” are used consecutively, I get nervous. There is no task more daunting than emptying junkie closets and choosing what stays and what goes. The sheer number of items to pick through is frightening. After the frustration comes the doubt. I start asking myself, “Should I keep this”, or, “Will this trend come back around?” When battling against yourself in this manner, always remember, style never dies and trends come and go. So hold on to your pieces with that retro vibe. I apply this philosophy to my spring cleaning rituals year after year and always come out on top. Here’s a list of things to hold on to after spring cleaning:
1. Sports Memorabilia
Remember that authentic Michael Jordan jersey you used to have? Or how about that commemorative September 11th Yankees dugout jacket? Nothing hurts me more than to go looking for some valuable piece of sports memorabilia that I no longer have. Keep the jerseys. Keep the warm-ups. Keep the shorts. T-shirts come and go, but authentic hand-sewn sports memorabilia should stay put.
Ugly winter or holiday sweaters are not so ugly when they come back in style, are they? I would kill to have my Ralph Lauren Polo bear sweater back. That’s so retro, right? I wish someone would have told me that snowflake embroidery would be acceptable in 2014. Every spring, we have to take a long hard look at our sweaters and ask, “Should I keep it?” Here’s my rule of thumb on the matter, if it fits and you look to avoid the cost of purchasing another bulky sweater in the winter to come, then keep it.
Denim can always present a sour experience when cleaning out the closet because the it serves so many purposes. Denim’s durability, however, makes it tough to let go. As humans, we grow, and as Sartorial Villains, our preferences change from year to year. We tend to like different washes, sizes and, fits. I say, cover all of your bases. Keep denim to suit different needs. Keep a pair of relaxed, skinny, and slim jean to be used for different occasions. Keep a light, medium, and dark wash as well. If your bases are covered, what you do from there is up to you. Any true man of denim only has about two go-to pair of jeans anyway.
Restore your boots. After a winter of pounding on snow, salt, and ice, any footwear would seem to be worth passing along or handing down. Before discarding your hardy footwear, give them a nice rinse and shine. I guarantee you will reconsider shipping them off to the Salvation Army.
5. Business Attire
Business attire is another sour spot for me. As we gain weight or lose it, the fit of a shirt, pant, or coat can change drastically. There’s nothing more hurtful than throwing on your favorite suit only to find that it looks or feels ridiculous. However, if the measurements are somewhat close to your needs, keep the items. A quick trip to your local tailor can correct any wrongs in fit or function, and if funds are tight, store the pieces in a safe, dry place. The extra pounds can be easily shaved to put you right back in your favorite trousers, and muscle can be gained to tighten the fit on your favorite blazer.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. So, why let someone else reap the benefits of your awesome closet? Keep the good stuff for your retro pile and let the rest go.
[Spring Cleaning image via scstandardmotors.blogspot.com]