As a fashion enthusiast I am not supposed to have ‘ugghh’ days (I realise this is not a word but its my word for whenever I am in that ‘I don’t know’ mood). In my profession it is taboo to talk about ‘ugghh’ days but believe me we have them! It is a problem that most women face at least once in their life time… that moment when you look in your wardrobe and realise its crammed with clothes but you have nothing to wear… It really is like looking at an empty wardrobe!
It’s happening to me this week… all week! Everything looks wrong and I have seen it all before. It always happens at this time of year… The season in store is about to change, all the autumn and winter stock is starting to arrive, everything is new and fresh while everything in your wardrobe is tired and old and you are lacking some style-piration.
I have some tips on the best way to ‘spring clean’ your wardrobe (even though we are still in summer)
1. Be in the RIGHT frame of mind, which means do not do it when you are tired, brain dead, having an ’emotional’ moment or when the kids are screaming at you… it will not end well under these circumstances!
2. Work in seasons… separate your wardrobe into seasons and work through each season at a time.
3. Buy yourself a space bag (only ONE) and separate your clothes into two piles, one is the ‘give away’ pile and the other for items of clothing that you are not sure on. Anything you just cant get rid of yet should be put in the space bag… If it doesn’t fit in the space bag it has to go, so think carefully. If you don’t go to that space bag within 12 months it should all be given away.
4. When deciding what to keep and what to give away, ask yourself these questions (and answer honestly)
“Did I wear this last season?”
“Is this the correct size for me NOW?”
“Will I wear this again this season?”
If you answered NO to any or all of these questions it definitely needs to go in one of two piles, either the ‘space bag’ pile or the ‘give away’ pile. It is daunting to most people to have to give away clothes that have not been worn, unless you are my cousin Nicky who asks me if she should get rid of things that are perfectly fine, hardly been worn and most certainly still on trend.
My sister on the other hand can hold onto things and give great explanations for why… “This cream jacket may come back in fashion and when it does I will already have it”… this works well in theory but lets face it if it comes back in fashion you are not going to wear it because the style most certainly would have changed from 1995, right? Of course there are some things that just do not date… that perfect LBD or gorgeous winter trench for example but anything else that you wore 15 years ago probably has had its moment… time to let it go.
Even though I adhere to all my own rules and my wardrobe is cleaned out regularly I am still in the midst of a fashion crisis… Here’s hoping it ends this week and I am back to having something to wear!