March 24th, 2020
Whether you’re working from home, self isolating, or home with the kids, home is definitely where most of us are.
So whether you’re in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring has sprung or you’re in the South and Autumn is upon you, what better time to get style-ready for the season than right now.
And what does that entail? Cleaning out your wardrobe! Because we both know that once we’re given the go-ahead, life will become super fast paced once again. So do it while you can!
If you’re unsure of how to go through your wardrobe and decide what to keep and what to donate, here’s how to get through it easily and effortlessly…
Go through every single item (all your clothes, shoes, handbags, etc.) and answer the following questions:
1. Is it you?
Is the item a reflection of the person you are now or want to be or is it a reflection of the person you used to be (and no longer are)? Is it in line with your personal style? Is it right for your body shape? Is it the right colour?
If the item is not reflective of the present or future you, if it’s not indicative of your personal style, if it’s not right for your particular shape or colouring, donate it. No point in hanging onto something that doesn’t serve you well.
2. Do you love it or is it functional?
Every piece in your closet should have a purpose. You need to either love it, love the way it looks on you or it needs to serve some sort of function – be a layering piece, hold up your pants, etc.
If you don’t love it, it doesn’t flatter you or it has no purpose, get rid of it.
Worried that you might not have anything left? Good! It’ll force you to buy only the most incredible pieces. The goal here is to have a fabulous wardrobe – not a mediocre one.
3. Have you worn it in the last year?
If you’ve worn it in the last year and it’s in good condition (colours haven’t faded, no tears, stains, pilling), keep it. If it’s not in good condition, is it repairable? If so, take to the tailor, cleaner, etc. If it’s not repairable, discard it. If you discard it and it’s an integral part of your wardrobe, take note of it and start a list of items you need to purchase.
If you haven’t worn it in the last year, do you see yourself wearing it in the near future? If it’s an event-specific piece and you haven’t been to that type of event in the last year, cut yourself some slack. Otherwise, be ruthless. Chances are, if you haven’t worn it in the last year, you probably won’t and it’s taking up valuable space in your closet.
If you haven’t worn it because it’s too small and you’re hanging onto it because you plan to lose weight, donate it. When you do lose finally lose the weight, celebrate by buying yourself something new. If it’s too big, either take it to get altered or donate it. Unless, of course, you plan to grow.
If you haven’t worn it because you have nothing to go with it, keep it but write down the item(s) you need to purchase to create an outfit.
See? Super easy! Going through your wardrobe now means that you’ll be style-ready the minute we can get back at it. Trust me. You’ll be happy you did.