Most of us will wear only 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time.
Does your wardrobe overwhelm you? Do you have a wardrobe full of clothing but still feel like you have nothing to wear? If you answered yes to these questions, then its probably about time you clear out and edit your wardrobe.
Before starting, ask yourself the reason why you are editing your wardrobe. The answer will be different for everyone. Once you know the reason behind your edit, you’ll know exactly what your end goal should be.
This is what you’ll need:
– A clothing rail – this is completely optional, if you don’t have a rail, don’t worry you’ll still be able to work through your wardrobe!
– Get out 3 bags (or order a FREE Selling kit from ReThread HERE)
– A full length mirror
– A notepad and pen
– A banging playlist to keep you entertained while you’re working through your wardrobe – see The Style Corner playlist on Spotify.
Now you’re ready to get started:
If you have access to the collapsable rail that’s great, it will help you organise your clothing. I normally bring mine along to my wardrobe edit client appointments.
Get out your bags – 1x charity donations, 1x clothing to tailor and 1x clothing to be sold online.
1. Ask yourself WHY you’re doing the wardrobe edit. The answer will be different for everyone. You could be looking to create outfits with the clothing that already exists in your wardrobe. Looking for the gaps in your wardrobe or perhaps you want to change up your style.
2. Take out everything that you love but don’t wear often. This could be because of fit, you may struggle to style these items or they could need tailoring. The clothing that needs tailoring, put that into the bag for tailoring. We all have items that are unworn in our wardrobe because they need a hem or needs to be fixed, make a trip to a trusted tailor and when you get your clothing back it will be like having brand new clothing!
3. Now take out the pieces that you wear all the time. See how many outfits you can style with items you love but don’t wear very often. This should result in a few more outfit options.
4. Remove all the pieces you never wear from your wardrobe. This could be because they’re too small, they’re no longer your style or the colour is wrong for you. Put that into your donate or sell bags.
5. Now you can start working through your clothing by category: Dresses, Trousers, Tops, Skirts etc. Continue to sort through your wardrobe and add items to your donate, sell and tailoring bags.
6. As you’re going through this process, continue to try new outfit combinations. Have fun and play dress up! Remember that if you fit something on and you do not immediately love it, then it probably has to go! If it no longer serves your lifestyle or the image you want to portray, there’s nothing wrong with donating it to charity or selling it. Write down items that you’re missing from your wardrobe or items that you need to replace.
7. Once you’ve gone through everything, return your clothing to your wardrobe and organise it by category (Dresses, trousers, tops, skirts etc). Organise your wardrobe so that you can see all your clothing making it easier to get dressed every day. The more you can see, the more you’re going to wear.
8. Take photos of your new outfit options – keep it for reference in your wardrobe when you’re in a rush or lacking inspiration.
Editing and detoxing wardrobes is one of my favourite things to do. My service includes a full colour and body shape analysis and you get my expert advice first hand while I share tips and tricks on how to style the clothing in your wardrobe to get the most out of it. I do all of the hard work for you and help you uncover your true style personality. A wardrobe edit with me is perfectly structured so that my clients get the best and most strategic use of our time together. If you want more information about what exactly my wardrobe edit service entails, click HERE.