Out with the old, in with the new

Girl sorting through her wardrobe

As a Stylist based in Melbourne – Winter is coming. And with a change in season we often review the contents of our wardrobe.

With new trends and fresh pieces hitting stores, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and wanting to purchase additional items to refresh your look to see you through the new season. But what if your closet is already full?

Changing seasons is a perfect time to edit the old and make way for the new. But how do you decide what has passed its used by date and what is still relevant for your style?

Often my clients say to me that they have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear. Yes – even as a teenager, you can feel like your bursting closet has limited options. I even catch myself saying it sometimes, and I conduct wardrobe edits for a living! But every now and again behind those closet doors, I look into the abyss with little inspiration. It happens to all of us. In fact majority of people wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. That’s a lot of dollars wasted and a lot of items not being utilised. A wardrobe cull can seem daunting but I promise you, if you do it right you will feel cleansed and actually have more outfit options than you thought possible.

So where to start.

  1. Take everything out of the closet / drawers.
  2. Try on every thing you own. Yes, Everything.
  3. Create is 3 piles:
  • Love it – These items must be in good quality condition and fit you well. They should be easy to mix and match with other items in your closet and reflect your lifestyle.
  • Maybe – These are the pieces you like but are not really sure how to wear them or they don’t really go with your key pieces. They fit well and are in good condition but theres just something not quite right about them.
  • Donate – It’s time to let these pieces go. They no longer feel like you, they don’t fit right or are worn out or they just no longer suit your lifestyle or don’t mix and match easily to give you multiple outfit options.

Once you have created your piles you can rejoice!

Put all your Love It items back in prime wardrobe position and make sure that the Donate pile leaves the house ASAP before you rifle through it again and have second thoughts.  The Maybe pile should be boxed up for a month – whatever hasn’t been thought about, needed or worn in that time should be taken straight to a thrift store for someone else to love.

Its important during this process to remember that nothing has meaning except for the meaning we give it. Your clothes do not have feelings. Your favourite dress from 3 years that doesn’t fit or isn’t your style any more is not going to be offended if you pass it onto the Salvos.

It also helps to make a shopping list to replace items you put in the Donate pile.  If an item needs replacing due to damage or bad fit – add it to a shopping list. Only do this if it’s a core wardrobe item like denim, jackets or coats, a dress you used to wear all summer… There is no harm is doing some retail therapy to replace lost goods. Just make sure they live up to the Love It key principles before purchasing.

Completing a Wardrobe Edit at the start of a new season will leave you feeling cleansed and give back a feeling of control over what to wear every day rather than being overwhelmed by underwhelming options. Try and mix and match some new outfits with the items you love that reflect your own personal style and give you new outfit options. Think of it as playing dress ups with your own wardrobe. If you need some #inspo get on Pintrest or look up some people you admire on Instagram or via blogs and see if you can recreate a look using items you already own. The Wardrobe Edit is a timely process so put on some music and just get stuck in.  If you find the whole situation much too daunting and need help letting go of things – why not enlist the help of Teen Style? I am only a phone call away.

Claire x

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