1. Think about your lifestyle
What do you wear on a day-to-day basis? If you have a city job you probably need more of a corporate wardrobe. For other women, it’s more about casual jeans, boots, blouses and jumpers. Whatever you’ve got planned – a day out with the kids, lunch date with friends, a date night – you should be able to open your wardrobe and know exactly where to find the outfit you want.
2. Space solutions
If your clothes are all over the place, try and organise it so you have one current working wardrobe. Some people have clothes in two or three different places in the house, which means it can be hard to find the items you want. Creating a visible array of outfits saves you so much time and stress.
3. Take care of your clothes
How many of us are guilty of keeping clothes stuffed into drawers or rammed into the wardrobe? I guess they look pretty creased up and wrecked, yes? Did you buy them like that? Unlikely, so you need to look after them. Making a little effort to look after your clothes makes them last longer and look great.
4. What’s your style?
Think about what you like wearing and what actually suits you. Do you feel good in your clothes? Having a fresh pair of eyes from a style coach can make a huge difference. A lot of women buy something because they like the look of it, regardless of whether they have anything to go with it or if it suits their body shape. Items like this are more than likely going to be left in the wardrobe gathering dust, so think carefully before you buy.
5. Dress for the season
Try to plan a seasonal wardrobe. It’s January, so we need to see our winter clothes in front of us. Summer clothes can be a distraction and take up valuable room, so put them away. I recommend putting them in another wardrobe that you’re not using. If you haven’t worn something for a year, donate it to charity – keep your wardrobe fresh.
6. Create some colour
Understanding colour is vital. It can help on these grey days to know what colours really suit you. If you have a wardrobe full of black, grey and generally dark colours, try adding some splashes of colour. Maybe a brighter scarf, gloves or jumper. It can also really lift your mood when you wear the right shades.
7. Plan your outfit
Create outfits on hangers in the main wardrobe in front of you. For example, a nice shirt that would look great with a mauve jumper or maybe a dress that works well with a thin grey cardigan. It’s about displaying items together and giving yourself simple options.
8. Section your wardrobe
This is where it’s great to create sections: business clothes, socialising outfits, maybe dog walking clothes and so on. If outfits are grouped carefully you’ll always know where to look when you need that outfit.
9. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise
Accessories can make any outfit sing. Often scarves, necklaces, bags and hats are hidden away out of sight. It’s vital that things are visible.
If you have planned your outfits and know you have some great necklaces that will work, hang them on your dressing table ready to add.
1O. Where are the gaps?
Once you’ve had a proper detox and organised your new wardrobe accordingly, you may discover some glaring gaps that can be filled with some brand new key pieces. Work with your style coach to decide what would be the best pieces to buy. You won’t regret it.
Janine Quinn is a personal stylist and owner of Sassy Style. For more information about her wardrobe detox service, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.