How To: Streamline Your Wardrobe


I'm going to be straight-up honest here and admit it: I'm a hoarder. Through and through. It's a terrible habit of mine and it stems from two reasons: 1. I'm pretty darn sentimental and tend to keep things because they hold sentimental value, regardless of whether or not I'll ever use / wear them again and 2. I just like stuff. Yes, that's a rather materialistic thing to admit, but I like stuff. I can't be the only one... right?

So there comes a time when all of this 'stuff' just has to go, and recently I undertook the slightly daunting task of streamlining my wardrobe - to make it more efficient, organised and well, just keeping what I actually wear, because there's really no point in holding onto the things I don't.

It's not actually as hard or as painful a task as it may seem, and lucky for you all, I've compiled a little 'how to' guide - say goodbye to cluttered, 'I have so many clothes but nothing to wear' wardrobes!

1.      Declutter: the first step to an super-organised wardrobe is possibly the most satisfying. Just take everything out and go through each piece and categorise them if you wish. Decide what items you love most and of course, wear the most, and separate them from the things you seldom wear (if ever!). Some good tips to consider would be: if you’ve bought something on a whim and haven’t worn it within two weeks, return it. You’re probably never going to wear it. Ditto anything that’s hanging around in your wardrobe that hasn’t been worn for one or two years. Chances are, you won’t wear them again. Dispose of any unwearable items, fix anything that can be fixed (like a slight tear in a decent pair of jeans), and then sell or donate anything that’s totally wearable, but just not for you. Depop is actually a great little app for selling unwanted clothing, and also a great place to pick up secondhand items cheaply (but more on that later). Of course, there’s good old eBay, as well as numerous charity shops, and even friends and family who don’t mind the odd hand-me-down. 

2.     Assess what’s left and co-ordinate: now look through what you’re keeping. Get an idea of what you like to wear, what shapes flatter you, what you find comfortable, what colours you like, etc. Find out what’s missing and take note for later. Try and throw together some outfits from what’s left, and see how many pieces you can mix and match. If there’s something that just can’t be paired with anything else, get rid of it. It simply won’t be worn. From this assessment, you’ll get a good idea of what you have and need, and what you really like to wear. It might sound silly, but you’d be surprised how a little assessment and self-knowledge can stop silly impulsive buys in the future!

3.     Shop: This is, of course, my favourite part. You now know what you need, so go get it! Head to your nearest Penneys (Primark) and stock up on basics that you know you need. Plain coloured tshirts, tank tops, etc. are great bases for outfits. White, black and grey are great colour choices when it comes to basics, as well as a few flattering pops of colour. Invest in classic pieces: I often think buying expensive basics is pointless, when Penneys exist, but when it comes to coats, shoes and super flattering jeans, it’s better to invest. They’re items that you’ll wear time and time again, so you’ll definitely get your value for money. Plus, sometimes more expensive items just fit better and are more flattering.  Some things I bear in mind whilst shopping are: if you don’t absolutely love something when you try it on, don’t buy it. If you see something and don’t immediately think, “oh my god I need that in my life how have I lived without it thus far???” when you see something, don’t buy it.

4.     Organise: upon returning from your shopping spree, it’s important to organise your new wardrobe. Make sure everything is visible, e.g. you haven’t left something crumpled in the back of your wardrobe, or god-knows-where. Keep track of things so you don’t go out and buy things you already have, unnecessarily (easier said than done, mind). Categorise things, to make life easier when outfit planning, or getting dressed in the mornings. I like to keep all bottoms together, i.e. jeans, skirts, shorts, etc., then tops, then pieces like dresses, dungarees, playsuits etc. together – things that take little effort to style and can be just thrown on.

5.     Note a colour scheme: you may see a colour palette emerging in your wardrobe. If so, take note, because this will help whilst shopping, as you’ll know if a new piece will work with what colours are already in your wardrobe. Find out what colours suit you most, and stick with them. Basics in neutral colours are great for mixing and matching, and are easy to style alongside coloured or printed pieces.

If you want to check out my Depop, you can at @ciarapocket, or have a peep at my BLOG SALE. 

What are your tips for a more efficient wardrobe?

Ciara xo

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