At this time of year many of us are thinking about detoxing our bodies and getting fit, but if new year’s resolutions have gone by the wayside how about a wardrobe “detox”? De-cluttering your wardrobe is a little less taxing but very energizing, as it helps you let go of emotional baggage and move on to where you want to be in terms of style. By the end of the January most of the sales have finished and the new season stock is only just filtering into the shops so it’s the perfect time to re-assess your style and wardrobe needs. Here are our top tips to get you on your way:
- Allow time. If you can, set aside a day. This takes time and is worth doing well.
- Take everything out, then edit and organize what goes back in. That way it’s easier to be selective and allows for a thorough clean out.
- Factor in your current lifestyle needs. It’s not about throwing things away needlessly but clarifying where you are now. Be realistic. You may love the idea of a particular style but does it really work for you?
- Don’t keep items that are the wrong size (unless it can be altered) or for sentimental reasons. Your wardrobe needs to contain items you actually wear. Store sentimental pieces away from your main wardrobe.
- If you’re not sure about an item try it on. Imagine you’re in a shop, how do you feel in the item? Is it flattering? Does it represent the image you want to portray?
- If you haven’t worn something in the last two years it’s time to let go (excluding evening and occasion wear).
- Less is more. It’s much better to have five great pieces that you love, than ten items, five of which are only ok. There is absolutely no point having clothes in your wardrobe that you do not wear!
- Whenever you notice a “gap” in your wardrobe write it down. Keep the list with you to avoid buying what you don’t need.
- Remember building up the perfect wardrobe of clothes doesn’t happen overnight, but by staying true to your style and being selective with new buys you will soon find getting dressed much simpler!