Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Now Playing: Wardrobe Follies

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Now Playing: Wardrobe Follies

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WARDROBE FOLLIES are in full swing all over town as women wrestle with which clothes to keep and which to get rid of as we head into the new season.

I know this because I wrote here recently of my own dilemma - trying to decide who I am right now and what I might like to wear - and I heard from dozens of readers in similar circumstances.

Several women wrote or called to say they have formed inappropriate emotional attachments to certain articles of clothing. "One outfit that comes to mind is what I wore on my first date with my husband," a reader wrote. "Thanks to three pregnancies, my ribs have spread so that the waistband is too tight." She said she can't wear the outfit, but she can't bear to get rid of it. Many readers will be envious of the woman in Quincy who wrote to say that clothes she wore in high school still fit. "This past August, our Pattonville Class of '86 had our 10-year reunion," she wrote. "I struggled with what to wear to the picnic. I still have a favorite outfit worn many times during high school: pink poly-cotton knit pants with little black flowers and a burgundy Duran Duran T-shirt." She opted not to wear the ensemble, and admitted she probably never would again, but she said she intended to keep it forever. Another chronically svelte woman wrote to say she never throws out anything. She has, she says, two pairs of shorts she bought at Golde's Department Store when she was 12. "I was born in 1938," she said. "The shorts are old like me, but they still fit." This same reader confided that when her former husband moved out, she took over his closet. When her four daughters left home, one by one, she took over their closets, one by one. One reader said she had a closet full of clothes but never had the right outfit to wear. She said when she heard about a friend who lost everything in a house fire, her reaction was "Wouldn't it be great to start with a new wardrobe?" Some readers suggested helpful books, among them "Chic Simple," "Working Clothes" and "Simple Isn't Easy, Easy Isn't Simple." Others said they wished elves would pop in and organize their wardrobes for them. One woman said she has considered calling one of those services that promise to organize your life (or at least your closet) but she is embarrassed that she has so many clothes. …

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