We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time…
At this time of year I start to receive a flurry of enquiries from women who don’t want to spend another year feeling lost in style limbo.
The whole ‘new year, new me’ message that gets promoted by so many companies in January starts to make them feel they need to make some major changes in order to look and feel their best.
Now don’t get me wrong, some of us may need to overhaul our personal style in order to really look and feel fabulous BUT many of us will have almost everything we need hanging in our wardrobes – we just require some guidance on HOW to wear it.
For today’s post I wanted to pose a little style challenge for you which I hope will aid you in defining your style and decluttering your wardrobe in the process.
Most of us reach for the same items of clothing time and again leading us to get bored and feel we need a complete change. However, follow these steps and I guarantee you’ll rediscover some gems and breathe new life into your wardrobe, without needing to spend a penny…
First of all (and you know I ALWAYS start here) – declutter and organise your wardrobe. Throw out any items that no longer fit, are really are worn out or that you just don’t like. Keep everything else (even items you’re not 100% sure about)
Once everything is organised I want you to set yourself a simple rule; don’t wear anything more than once until you have worn EVERYTHING in your wardrobe.
So wear a different top every day until you’ve worn all your tops – rotate all your bottom halves at the same time. Wear your dresses, your skirts, different footwear and outerwear. The same goes for accessories – change up your earrings, your necklaces, your rings – WEAR IT ALL!
Obviously you will still need to be dressed appropriately for whatever it is you’re doing on any given day BUT by ensuring you wear everything rather than reaching for the same few favourites you’ll really hone in on what styles, fabrics and colours make you feel best.
As you wear things put them back in a certain order or turn your hangers around a different way to help you remember. Taking pictures of each outfit is also a really useful way of keeping a record.
If you wear something and find it annoys you or doesn’t make you feel good OR if there is something that simply doesn’t work with anything else you own then my suggestion would be to get rid of it.
At the end of this process you will have edited your wardrobe, rediscovered some new outfit combinations and injected some variety into your everyday style. You will also be able to identify any gaps allowing you to shop smart rather than buying more items that you probably don’t need.
ROTATE. RESTYLE. REWEAR.
Let me know how you get on!
Until next time