At the end of June I reached phase 2 of curating my dream wardrobe: creating an inspiration board and clearing out my current wardrobe.
Before I started clearing out I wanted to have a clear idea in my mind of exactly what I wanted to have in my wardrobe, what type of clothes, what style of clothes and a rough idea of prints and colours. I also wanted to finalise what shapes fit me best and what styles suit me the most, because I no longer want to wish something suited me, nuh-uh – if it doesn’t fit into the categories that I KNOW will fit/suit me then I’m not buying it.
Firstly, to do this I went a little old school, got out my printer, scissors, magazines and glue and put together a mood-board of bloggers, celebrities and influencers who’s style I absolutely love and suit with what I want my wardrobe to be like. I’m not saying I want to copy these ladies exactly, it’s just I always love everything they wear and they seem to have it right. So, I took to Pinterest and Instagram and printed my favourite looks and style to put together on my moodboard and by the time I had finished it couldn’t have been any clearer of what my favourite shapes, silhouettes and styles I want my summer wardrobe to be. So, what can be noted from this? Well, I love knee-length and midi dresses, truly feminine fits and style, beautiful fabrics, prints and accessories, the perfectly polished by still wearable looks and dresses, dresses and dresses. I mean I already knew that I LOVE dresses but this has just confirmed it for me, so I have decided I am no longer wasting my money on other pieces unless I have a specific outfit in mind, I will only shop for dresses. Overall, the styles are pretty, classic with vintage touches and oh so darling!
I have now got this up next to my clothing rails so I can look at it every morning for outfit inspiration and I always refer to it when shopping.
Now that I have a clear idea in my mind of the pieces I want in my wardrobe, it’s time to have a clear out. I don’t mean get rid of anything I don’t like anymore of anything that doesn’t fit anymore, I mean a big, full on clear out and de-clutter. Here’s a step by step guide of exactly how I am going to do this:
- Pull out everything from my wardrobe, and I mean every single piece of clothing and put them into piles of 100 % keeping, not sure, it has to go!
If it doesn’t fit, doesn’t make me feel comfortable, doesn’t fit with my new criteria or if I haven’t worn it in the past 6 month to a year then it is going.
If it’s fairly new, or a piece the I already know I adore and still want to wear then it will be going in the ‘100% keeping’ pile.
If I’m not 100% sure that it fits perfectly and looks great then it goes into the ‘not sure’ pile.
- Before putting everything back into my wardrobe, I’m going to try on everything that I am either keeping or not sure about. If there is a single doubt in my mlindabout a piece then it will be moved to the ‘it has to go’ pile.
- When it comes to putting my pieces away, I want to know where everything is. So for me I like to organise it into sections (blouses, dresses, skirts, etc) and then colour code each section from dark to light. I also like to have a separate section for my workwear as recently dressing for work in the mornings has been horrible and stressful. So, I am creating a workwear section which will be in colour coded order and hung in complete outfits, so all I have to do is pick up a hanger and know everything on there already goes together, I know that it fits, I know that it suitable for work and I know that I will be comfortable for the next ten hours. Honestly, doing this has been such a relief for 6am wakeup calls when I really can’t be bothered to think about what skirt goes with which blouse!
- Now that everything is in order, colour-coded and fits perfectly with how I want my wardrobe to be, I like to sit back and admire my hard-work (before looking online and looking at dresses to fill the gaps!)
Next step will be sourcing new pieces to add to my summer wardrobe – Keep your eyes out for this post in the next few weeks including how to shop smarter.
Thanks for reading and if you have any tips and tricks for this wardrobe journey, please share in the comments below as I’d love to hear them!