Hope you’re all having a lovely week. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve recently worked on wardrobe transformations with a few of my styling clients.
Do you suffer from the almighty ‘Nothing To Wear Syndrome?’
A lot of us have wardrobes overflowing with clothes but we never seem to have anything to wear. If you have this problem, this post is definitely one to bookmark.
I thought it would be a nice ‘new week treat’ to give you guys some handy hints and tips on how to start your own D.I.Y wardrobe overhaul. The weather and seasons are changing so it’s the perfect time to get stuck in!
How do you go about doing this?
*Clear out everything from your wardrobe.
*Get at least 3 boxes or bin bags to separate the stuff into (Box 1 to keep, Box 2 to give out/sell and Box 3 for things you’re unsure of)
Separate the items you’re keeping into categories of jeans, skirts, dresses, trousers, tops, bags, etc. and put the ones you don’t want or are unsure of aside to sort out later. Now try on the clothes you’re keeping in front of a mirror to make sure they still fit perfectly. These clothes must be the ones that you love and wear frequently. These clothes should fit in all the right places, enhance your best assets and hide the your problem spots. If you love it but it doesn’t suit your body type or compliment your personal style, let it go. Chances are you will leave it sitting in your wardrobe without wearing it.
The next step is to analyse your lifestyle and list all your regular life activities. This will give you a clear picture of your wardrobe essentials and prevent you from buying things you don’t need. Your list should include work wear, gym gear if you work out, date night, church, smart casual wear etc. Comfort and practicality is a priority. If you’re not comfortable in your clothes, chances are you won’t wear them.
Lastly, analyse the items in your ‘Keep Box’ versus the ones in the ‘Giving Away/Sell Box’ and ask yourself why you’re holding on to the items in the ‘Keep Box’. What do those clothes have in common? Are they classy, edgy, hippy pieces etc.? What fabrics are they made of? Do you have more of leather, lace, etc.? This could give you the first clue to what your personal style is. Knowing your personal style and transforming your wardrobe doesn’t take a day. It’s an on-going process so gradually observe the clothing styles and brands appeal when you’re out and about and make mental notes about how you can incorporate certain looks into your newly organised wardrobe – that is another clue to knowing what your personal style is.
Another important thing to bear in mind when shopping is that it’s better to buy classic versatile pieces that will go well with other things in your wardrobe than to purchase trendy stuff that go out of style. Also, choose quality over quantity as this will end up saving you money.
Lastly, the importance of good underwear cannot be over emphasised. Invest in a good bra. (Read my post on wearing the right bra). Most women wear the wrong size bra. Get fitted to fix that problem. Our undergarments play a major role in making or breaking an outfit. There is no point wearing a nice top with your breasts looking squashed, droopy or the dreaded ‘four boob syndrome’ because your bra is not giving you the right support. (You get the picture?). Also, if you have love handles, invest in a good girdle or waist clincher before wearing a fitted dress. It looks better and will make you feel better.
As I mentioned earlier, it takes more than a day to transform your wardrobe and this is quite a broad topic. I’ll cover it over a few weeks using my personal style to show you, how to get the best out of your capsule wardrobe. I hope by the end of this series, you guys will be buying classic versatile pieces that work to your advantage, and spending less but wearing more.
Hope you enjoyed reading this and as always, any comments, questions and feedback is welcome.
Have a lovely week.