School is back in session, and that means it’s time to open the closet and take a look at what you’re working with in terms of stylish clothing. You may have a lot more to work with than you think, but it’s important to weed out clothes that just aren’t cutting it anymore to keep your wardrobe focused and fashionable. Here are a few tips (that apply to all ages) for finding what works, what can work, and what may just need to be passed on.

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Unless you know how to tailor clothing and feel comfortable doing it right now, chances are that too-tall pair of jeans or too-small shirt will always remain banished to the back of the closet. Donating these articles keeps your closet clean and lean and helps others out at the same time!

Layers Are Your Friend

With the upcoming fall and winter weather keeping the temperature down a little, layering is once again an attractive possibility. Try a fitted jacket or wrap shawl over a tank top for a noteworthy two-in-one look; leggings also stretch the style possibilities of shirts and shorts as September fades into October. Lay out your existing clothes and make outfits, adding accessories and layers to experiment with different looks. You can even assemble a whole outfit with jewelry on a hanger to grab and go on a sleepy Monday morning. Whatever works!

Be Honest About Condition

Much like those looming sewing alterations that aren’t happening, sometimes you’ll need to come to terms with the fact a certain stain or tear is just too much to fix. Donate your used clothing with “cosmetic issues” and treat yourself to new versions. If you’ve gotten enough mileage out of that piece to tear or stain it, chances are your wardrobe will welcome a replacement.

Your school year clothing choices should reflect your personality – attractive, well-assembled and ready to take on the world. Don’t let an outdated wardrobe hold back your fabulous, fashionable self this year. Clean out the clutter and layer your way to success!