The Wardrobe dilemma
If you have or are still like I once was, stared into the abyss that is your wardrobe, its full of clothes but you are left thinking ‘I have nothing to wear’, then I may just have some tips to help sort this out!
Dressing in the morning should be fun. I see it as a way to express my mood, to showcase my style, my individuality and personality. So when I was spending more time throwing clothes on the floor through pure frustration that I hated all my clothes, I knew I needed to make some changes.
Then, once my first baby arrived it became even more apparent that time could not be spent really on myself anymore and getting ready had to be completed in approximately 3 minutes, 25 seconds before the next demand of the babe was calling me!
So I set myself the challenge of creating a wardrobe I love. Having a wardrobe that suited my mama lifestyle. Having a wardrobe that was more streamlined without taking the fun away of mixing and matching pieces and ensuring that my wardrobe was full of pieces I love. My hero pieces!
Now, before I go into how I did this in more detail, I just wanted to point out that even though there is an element of it, I haven’t created a capsule wardrobe here. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of the capsule, however, I really didn’t want to limit myself to a set few pieces each season.
What did I want to create?
What I wanted was to find the right items for my life and my style and make getting dressed fun and easy again. I wanted a hard-working wardrobe, that had staples I could return to, again and again and have luxe separates with seasonal updates to see me through each season with style.
How can you do it?
EDIT YOUR WARDROBE
You will need to invest in some time for this. The easiest way is to pull everything out your wardrobe. Give yourself a blank canvas. Then the fun (nightmare) begins. At this point, only put back in the wardrobe what you absolutely love. The pieces that you know fit well and you feel good in. The pieces that are season appropriate. Then bin, put in a charity bag or sell anything that you have outgrown, don’t like anymore or simply haven’t worn for months and months.
With the remaining items, you should now have 2 options. Are they next seasons clothes? Are they maybe’s? Store next seasons clothes away, under the bed, in the loft, just put them out of sight for now. The maybe’s. I put these under the bed for a few months and set a reminder on my phone to go back through them. If I hadn’t missed them or needed them for a particular look, I put them in the charity bag. It’s amazing how a few months not seeing something can confirm it’s not an item for your wardrobe anymore or its something you’ve been longing for!
What you will be left with is an edited wardrobe with only the clothes left hanging in there that you know are pieces when you put them on you make you feel good!
ORGANISE YOUR WARDROBE
Personally, it helps me if I then put my clothes in a particular order. Maybe it’s from my days of working in retail, and I like to see things lined up in product groups? But this next step will help you with step number 3. Some people might colour code their wardrobe but I go for grouping all dresses, tops, trousers, skirts etc together. That way I can see how much I have of each and then easily grab each item to put together my outfit for the day.
If you are a little OCD (like me) you can take it the next level and have items in length order, and colours grouped together. The aim of doing this is so you can easily find pieces, but also so you can pull together the look you want to create with no hassle at all. You want to be able to see each individual item.
GIVE YOUR WARDROBE A HERO MAKE-OVER
So the fun really starts now! Once you have a wardrobe with pieces you love and its organised by product group you will then be able to see clearly what you are missing. This is when I would start creating a shopping list of the things I need for the season ahead.
These items would then make up my hero pieces that give my wardrobe a new fresh update and will also work with my existing items to create versatile and interchangeable looks. These change each season as I like to have some trend led pieces, but essentially they are the items that I can go to over and over again to create fresh new looks.
Having all your items layed out so visibly makes it easy to see what you need. For example, you may find you are left with 3 pairs of trousers but with limited options to wear on top. So, you may add a white shirt and a cute knit to layer together to complete the look, but this is where you can start to look for your inspiration as to what they are. I get inspiration from magazines, websites, but mostly Instagram! I see some amazing outfits and looks that other mum’s have styled. It gives me the ideas I need to complete my seasonal wardrobe.
In regards to the hero pieces, I will be sharing what these are, how I choose mine and how you can find yours in the next blog post! But in summary, a style hero piece is your go to piece. It may be one thing, it might be 5, but they are the things that make you feel good.
My top tip is, try not to over think it, especially when it comes to detoxing your wardrobe. Sometimes we become emotionally attached to an item for no real reason, and unless its adding value to your outfit collection then get rid!
The above steps should give you a good foundation to get started and make you feel refreshed in the wardrobe department.
Make sure to check out next weeks blog, to give you more details on finding those seasonal style heroes.