Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year New Wardrobe

By Elaine Scully Styling

Ladies the oh so common scene of standing in front of your wardrobe and moaning ‘I’ve nothing to wear’ is very seldom due to a shortage of clothes. The big issue is lack of wearable clothing, AND - you’re not going to like this - an unorganised wardrobe.

Most wardrobes are overflowing with clothes that, don’t fit, need altering or items which you have nothing to team with. You’ll probably have noticed that your messy bulging wardrobe also means you tend to only wear what’s at the front of your wardrobe over and over again!

Purchasing more clothes is never going to be the solution to having nothing to wear and for most of us it is now no longer an option – we need to start making the most of what we already own by becoming familiar with our wardrobes. I know this is going to sound mind-numbing but the only answer is to clear out your wardrobe.....only clothes you wear should take up valuable hanging space.

To begin take everything out of your wardrobe one item at a time. Each item of clothing needs to be placed in 1 of 3 clothing piles

Pile 1​ Clothes you wear regularly; 
pieces that compliment your shape and colouring

Pile 2 ​Clothes you might wear; 
items you love but need altering or customising.

Pile 3​ Clothes you don’t wear; 
pieces that don’t fit, have lost their shape or look, or items you have never worn.

Pile 1 goes back into your wardrobe. Never hang clothes in organised outfits as this only limits the amount of looks you can create. Instead hang all tops together, jackets with jackets, dresses with dresses etc.. This will make creating outfits much easier.

Pile 2 only returns to your wardrobe once altered.

Pile 3 is to NOT to go back in your wardrobe. Anything that is not in wearable condition should go to a clothing bank. The remaining items that are in good condition could be material for money making there are many sites and even pages on facebook that allow you to sell your unwanteds. Another option is to donate them to a local Charity shop.

As you work your way through your wardrobe you will come across pieces you would love to wear but have nothing to wear them with. So make yourself a little shopping list as you go. This list should stay in your purse. The next time you’re about to make an impulse purchase – check your list – if it’s not on it then don’t buy it. However if this purchase can be worn with at least three of your existing items of clothing then it is a valuable addition to your wardrobe. The key to remember from now on is – every purchase you make should increase your outfit choices. You are now ready to begin growing a wearable wardrobe :)

Elaine xx
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