In the end of October I organised a clothes swap party (what fun it was, note to self: must do again) and wrote a little guide for sorting out your wardrobe. The lovely illustration on the flier is by Lisa Perrin, borrowed from her blog.
A donate, swap & sell party
Too small? Doesn’t fit? Wrong colour?
Simply not your style anymore?
Clean out your wardrobes and donate, swap
or sell your stash in good company.
Children’s clothes all sizes as well as
Make sure everything is clean and in good
Kids clothes with minor stains could
still be useful for messy play.
Bring a friend, a nibble and a glass of
Go home with a fresh new look!
- a little wardrobe guide.
Usually around the
time the temperature signals a change in season, I do a big wardrobe clean out,
where I go through my entire stash of wearables. This takes at least half a
day, and results in newfound ways to put outfits together, a shopping list of missing pieces, an out-of season pile that gets stored out of sight
and items to throw away, donate and sell.
It’s easy to end
up with another pile: a collection of odd ones
that are too nice to get rid of, but just never get worn. Beware! These are the
evil items that make your wardrobe into the source of nothing to wear. Only a
firm action plan will keep this junk from taking over.
Start by emptying
your whole wardrobe, drawers, boxes and other hideaways you have. Your bed is
the likely resting place, but leave space for laying out complete outfits.
Start by sorting
out the state of your capsule wardrobe.
What? Never heard of such a thing? This is a set of clothes carefully planned
to be worn for a maximum number of outfits with a minimal number of pieces, ultimately
say up to 24 well cut, good quality garments in harmonious colours.
Putting together a
large group of coordinated basic garments takes a bit of planning. If that
feels too bewildering it’s very easy to get under way with this shortcut: make sure you have at least one complete
set of 6-7 basic essentials ALL IN ONE COLOUR. Having a core wardrobe in a
single colour may sound dull, but it magically makes many of the forgotten odds
and ends wearable. Creating a black/grey
base for my winter wardrobe and off-white/light beige for summer has
streamlined my mornings considerably.
Most people would
function best with a neutral base colour,
but there’s nothing stopping you choosing red, purple or whatever takes your
fancy, if you actually prefer being clad more brightly. Think which base colour
rhymes with shades that complement the colour of your eyes, skin and hair and
what you are drawn to wear already. See how close you are to having
of well cut trousers
perfect skirt for your body
with short and long sleeves for layering
or a fitted jacket or both
all in one colour.
This could mean having a few different shades of the same colour as long as all
the tops go with all the bottoms. Pay attention to the fit and quality, as these
garments are trans-seasonal and timeless and so get a lot of wear. I would also
as part of the
core wardrobe and few people could live without
va pair of great fitting jeans.
Any gaps on this
list should go straight on your shopping list.
Now we’re into the
real cull: what to keep, what needs to go?
washed out, too tight, too short – goodbye! If something gives you the sinking
feeling, it’s time to let go, no matter how much you spent on it. Getting
dressed should make you feel GOOD.
Ask yourself: Have
I worn it in the past year, two years? Does it go with anything else? What are
the missing pieces that can make the misfits wearable? Do I want to be seen in public
in this? Is it age
appropriate? Can it be altered or mended? Do I really need it?
Let go of who you
used to be. Your style has changed over the years and so has your body. Some genuine self love is needed here. You
deserve to get dressed in clothes that suit your size and shape. Taking photos of yourself wearing a variety of
outfits speaks volumes. Camera tells the truth better than a mirror. Through
its unsentimental eye you can learn what really works for you.
As you do your
sorting, try to put together complete outfits. Make note of garments that go
with a variety of others. Snap a photo if you discover new combinations, as
you’re likely to forget these when old habits take over.
you have gone through your whole stash, including underwear and footwear, you
should deal to the outcasts without delay. And then, with fresh understanding of
haves and have nots, it’s time to go SHOPPING! And that’s another story.
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