Closet Detoxification.

I don’t have any pictures for this post.. but I promise you’ll love it, so read it anyways. ๐Ÿ™‚
As most of you know, I’ll be graduating in just a few short weeks. And by short, I mean that they continue to fly by without even hesitating to see if I’m running right along with them. (I’m not, in case you didn’t catch that.) With graduating, comes moving, which is what I have spent the last day doing. I’ve packed up the last three years of my life and am ready to head home. Or am I? No, I really am, just kidding! ๐Ÿ™‚ While packing, this was my basic thought process..
I have too much “stuff”..I don’t have enough clothes..I have too many clothes but not ones I like..I have too much black..But I love black!..I need more color in my wardrobe..I will never buy black again, only colors and prints..Goodness, Marissa, why on earth did you buy THAT?!..Oh, that will be in my next outfit post but I want a striped skirt to go with it..
Aaand you get the picture. Basically, I came to the conclusion that I have many clothes but..
a) I don’t fit into them since most are M/L, 4/6 and I am now a XS/S 0/2. Yes, problem.
b) I don’t like most of them. Problem.
c) I have MUCH too black. BIG problem.
d) I need to rid my closet of things I don’t wear, like, want, or need. Duhhh, Marissa.
e) I’m just down right bored with it. Major problem.
So, ladies and any of you gents out there, I’ve decided to do a closet detox: rid of toxic qualities and substances. Not that my clothes are necessarily toxic, but they are toxic for my mood. Hear me out.. When you walk into your closet and see nothing but black/white for the majority and are wondering what to wear don’t you feel like blah? Or, on the other hand, when you purchase that brand new glittery dress that just exudes confidence off the hanger doesn’t it make you want to jump around? The answer should be yes. See, I want to be jumping around at each and every piece in my closet. And if I hold up a blouse or pair of trousers and they don’t do that for me, then out the door they go.
I also vowed to myself about a month back not to buy any black for the remainder of the year. Yes, the entire year. And besides the black romper you saw here, I’ve stuck to that vow. 
So, who wants to take the challenge with me? If you’re not wearing it, what is it doing it your closet? And if you already have so much black, why do you need more? You should be excited about the garments hanging in your closet, and as jolly as the colors on them. If you aren’t, then it’s time to detox!
Posted this on tumblr today. Loved the textures, prints, pastels, and girly details.
If you have any questions about specific items, such as things you should or shouldn’t keep, staple items that you need, or a good color palette to start with, don’t hesitate to ask!


  1. 4.29.11

    I’ve been feeling the same way lately- there’s a lot of clothing and accessories in my closet but I feel like most of it just doesn’t represent who I want to portray through my clothing.
    So yes, I completely agree about closet detoxification!

    And this is sort of funny but really bright colors are not that flattering on my skin tone/hair color. I look better in jewel tones or anything with a darker hue yet I’m the girl who compulsively buys brights instead!

    So that’s a style ‘resolution’ for me, more royal tones! Anyways, great post girly!


  2. Kenzie said:

    I am kind of already doing this however I am forcing myself to wear everything to see if that skirt I knew I’d love really makes me feel great. Right now I’m just working through my skirts (which is a hefty load) and I’ve found that I don’t love some skirts nearly as much as I thought I would.

  3. 4.29.11

    I think all of the things you said at the end would be great options for a series here! Good luck with your detox; I need to do the same.

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  4. RosaLovesDC said:

    I did this about a year ago and it totally makes things so much easier when I am thinking about outfits. And now, when I buy something, I must love it and like you said, it should make me jump up and down!

  5. 4.29.11

    Great idea, I do this at the end of every season, or at least attempt to ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 4.29.11

    good for you! i need to this.
    one day… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    have a lovely weekend, friend!!!

  7. kendallcrow said:

    ohhmygosh, it’s like you read my mind. i have way too many clothes (some are from high school, yikes) so i’m weeding out the keepers and bagging up the “why did i ever buy this” items and will be donating them or passing them on to someone who can use them.

    Totally going to get serious about do this over the weekend.


  8. Marissa said:

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I went into full-on panic mode this morning because I seemingly had nothing to wear. Yet my closet is stuffed. Ugh… I hate that feeling!

  9. 4.30.11

    this is the perfect time of year to pare down your closet!
    i actually did a post on this topic a few weeks ago – i’d love to share the link with you in case you glean any interesting tips from it!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    i hate when i buy stuff and then wear it a few times and never reach for it again! i’m trying to explore buying more classic pieces that will always be stylish and can be worn multiple ways!

  10. Ashley said:

    I just came across your blog, and I love this! I actually just went through my closet and did a lot of the things that you mentioned. If I had similar pieces or hadn’t worn something in a long time… I kicked it out the door! My husband and I are moving soon, and so I also used the excuse that I wanted less clothes to pack to get rid of things. I’m slowly, but surely, adding a few new things here and there. It’s a wonder what a few of the ‘right’ pieces will do to your closet! (:

  11. joy said:

    I’m 100% into detoxing my wardrobe on a regular basis. I’m going to start consigning some of my clothes next week – hopefully the money I make from it will allow me to justify buying more! ( non-black clothes of course! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  12. 5.3.11

    I don’t have enough in my closet, mostly because I am a serious editor. If it doesn’t work or isn’t worn, out it goes. This applies to everything except a few pieces I have a nostalgic attachment to. But don’t go too hog wild – sometimes I’ve gotten rid of things I’ve later regretted. Try putting them in the back of the closet for a while and see how you feel later on.

    I like your “no more black” challenge. I might take you up on that.


  13. Jenna said:

    I go through my closet and clean out A LOT. I need to do this again ASAP. I need to transition from winter to SPRING. (Hooray…finally!)

    AND I SO HEAR YOU. I own so much black. And a ton of neutrals. I just love neutrals… they’re flattering. But I also feel I need to infuse some color into my looks (although, I will probably always tend to gravitate toward black!). BUT I’ll try. ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. 5.5.11

    Ughh I’m still dreading the day I have to go through my closet. Kudos to you for undergoing the challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hugs xx

    Camille @ Paris in Pink

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