Wardrobe Editing – 5 Quick Tips

I thought I would write a quick blog on wardrobe editing because as lockdown 3 drags on and spring gets closer, it is in fact the perfect time to have a seasonal cleanse of your wardrobe. I have written a full e-book on DIY wardrobe editing which takes you through the process step by step and I also offer virtual wardrobe edits as a service so if you feel inspired by this blog or get started and then find yourself overwhelmed at least you know there are further options where I can help and support you.

Tip 1 – What does your style look like?

Take some time to consider what your style looks like? What brands, outfits and clothes are you drawn to? Essentially what is your style personality? One way to discover this is to create a Pinterest board and every time you see a look you like pop it on there and before long you will start to see your style emerge. You can do the same with any lookbooks that come through the door. Pull out the pages with looks you like and put into a clear folder, then one day when you have a few lay it out on a table and see your style in pictures before you.

Why this is important:

Without knowing what your style looks like it is very difficult to go through your wardrobe with any objectivity and focus. Having a clear idea of where you want your style to be will help you hugely when you go through what you already have.

Tip 2 – Do it in stages

Go through your wardrobe a few days before you plan to do your full wardrobe edit and take out the definite NO items and get rid. These will be the items that you know, if you are completely honest that they need to go. Either they are part of a previous life, they have not been worn for years, you don’t like them any more (surprising how many clothes people keep in their wardrobe that they don’t like any more) or they have seen better days.

Why is this important:

These items will clog up your wardrobe and get in the way of you doing a proper edit of the important bits. I ask all my clients to take this step before I arrive. So much easier navigating your wardrobe with these items gone already. Plus tackling this job step by step just makes it much more manageable.

Tip 3 – Sort before you start

Identify the items in your wardrobe that you are just not sure about as these will essentially be the items you edit. One way to do this is to turn the hangers round the other way so these items are easy to identify. Or to move them all to a section within the wardrobe.

Why this is important:

Creating a ‘not sure’ edit of clothes within your own wardrobe is effectively identifying the priority items to work your way through when you are ready to do your edit. There is no point trying on the clothes you love as these will be staying, and you have already got rid of the clothes that are definitely going so the clothes left are the most important as they are the ones that you will need to look at carefully and consider.

Tip 4 – Be honest and objective

As you try on the clothes, ask yourself some questions and be really honest with yourself. When did you last wear the item? Does it feel like your style? If you have done your home work (see tip 1) then this will be easy to answer. Can you find 3 or more ways of wearing/styling it? Does the colour suit you? Is the fit right? How do you feel in the clothes?

Why this is important:

This is probably the hardest part of an edit if you are doing it on your own. And that is because clothes and the way you feel about them is not always black and white. They can have memories attached to them, you can’t quite accept that they don’t fit anymore, they cost a lot of money, your partner loves it (but you might not), you won’t find anything better, it was gifted to you etc etc. But it is only by being truly honest, objective and in the right mind set for a new fresh start that you will get through this stage successfully.

Tip 5 – Be kind to yourself

If you look in the mirror at yourself in your clothes, try not to zoom into the areas you don’t like about yourself and see the outfit as a whole. This is something that we are all guilty of but if you can’t see past your flaws (and we all have them) then it is going to be really difficult to make decisions on what to keep. A good outfit is all about creating the right proportion, finishing the look, getting the right shoes, jacket, coat, bag…and when you nail this no one can see or notice the areas you are less confident about. Take a photo of yourself to see the outfit as a whole or ask someone to do it for you as this is a better representation of what other people see.

Why this is important:

Quite often we are our own worst enemy and allow ourselves to say things in our heads that we would never say to anyone else. Make sure you are in the right (positive) mindset before doing an edit and be kind to yourself the whole way through. If you find yourself getting in a rut with your thinking it might be time to have a coffee break or stop and start again the next day.

I hope that this has been helpful? Sometimes just a few little tips like this can be all that is needed to put you in the right mindset to get the job done. But you know where I am if you need me. XX