Maybe it’s just me, but I really enjoy sorting out my wardrobe. I find there’s nothing more satisfying than an organised rail of clothing which is easy to navigate through. Not only does it look good, but it helps encourage you to wear those pieces you may have forgotten about. For myself, getting ready in the morning and deciding on what to wear that day is one of my favourite things – and having a wardrobe that reflects my style at that time is a must.
Whilst it’s not everyone’s favourite chore, I thought I’d go through some of my top tips on how to get rid of those pieces that are gathering dust and make room for new seasonal items.
1. First thing first, empty your wardrobe completely. I think it helps to be able to visualise each piece of clothing you own, because chances are, you’ll be surprised at just how much that wardrobe was housing. From this I tend to put aside the clothing I definitely want to keep and which pieces I’ve been meaning to donate to charity or sell on depop for a while – leaving me with a pile of clothing I’m on the fence about.
2. Ask yourself, have you worn the piece in the past six months? If the answer is no, you’re probably not going to wear it in the next six months either. Apart from the occasional formal dress that may be an exception, be tough about it. Would you rather a piece of clothing taking up space in your wardrobe that you never wear, or something new that could be your dream find?
3. Does the clothing even fit you properly? It might be your favourite piece of clothing you own, maybe even the best bargain you’ve come across. But if it doesn’t fit you right, and doesn’t make you feel the best you can be – then it’s not for you. I always say, that if you don’t feel excited (or even just comfortable) wearing something, then why keep it? Especially when there may just be someone out there desperately looking for that exact piece!
4. Think of three pieces in your keep pile that you could pair the item with. I tend to do this mainly when shopping for new clothes as it helps prevent me from impulse buys, but I like to imagine three separate outfits that I could wear each piece. If you’re really stuck on whether or not to keep something, then plan out at least three different outfits where you could wear it. Let’s be honest here, we’re all not made of money and we’d all get bored of wearing the exact same outfit day in and day out, so if there’s nothing but a certain skirt or shirt to wear it with – then I’d say it was time to donate it. I’m a huge advocate of having a rail of clothing which you can easily mix and match, it lessens then days of not having anything to wear and makes those mornings where you have five minutes to pull together an outfit all than easier.
5. Consider the upcoming seasons. We all own those pieces that may have been all over social media last season, but are you going to pick it back up the next time around? Probably not. I always try to restrain myself to only a certain number of ‘trend’ items a season, because they’re exactly that – pieces that last the trend and then fall to the back of my wardrobe. So whilst the seasons are transitioning over, I like to strip back to the utmost basics and staples (post coming soon on this!). And then you’re able to see what you have, what you’re missing and which things you’d like to add to your clothing rail for the months ahead.
What are your tips for sorting out your wardrobe? I’d love to know!