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First of all, do you have the same hair you had in high school? It may seem weird to address hair when we're talking about clothes, but I can date people in my town by their hair style. They found something they liked in ninth grade and never looked back. If you have the same hair style you did 10 or 15 years ago, it's doing you no favors. Update your hair.
Now to your clothing nostalgia. You may be really excited that a trend you loved at 17 is coming back in style. I know I'm thrilled about chokers. Remember that you're not 17. A larger degree of sartorial ridiculousness can be gotten away with when you're young (or very old). Your life is different than it was in high school. Remember, you still have a toddler to chase, PTA meetings to attend and sales presentations to give. If you want to revisit some trends with beloved old clothes, make sure it fits into your life.
What to keep? There are a lot of cuts and shapes in stores right now -- pleat waist pants, body-con dresses, crop tops, oversized boxy blazers, but if your silhouette isn't in stores, chuck it. (Yes, your Jncos are done.) Shape is king.
Is this a quality item? A silk shirt from 1995 may be worth restyling. $10 polyester pants from Dots, not so much. Don't even give away what is stretched, torn, stained or just plain itchy. Throw it out.
How many trends are contained in one item. Neon splattered jeans can still work. Neon splattered, high-waisted, pleat-front jeans? Purge those. Purge them with fire.
Later this week, I'll have tips on how to restyle some of your favorite 90s clothes.