We’ve spent pretty much a year in our loungewear – which means there are lots of lovely pieces languishing in our wardrobes ready for some love.
Whilst the thought of socialising from April might have had you filling up your Asos basket faster than you could say ‘beer garden’, can I make a case for why you should shop your wardrobe before buying new?
GET IT ALL OUT
Firstly, just peek inside. I guarantee you will spot items you completely forgot.
Now is a great time for a ‘wardrobe detox’; I recommend clients do this at least twice a year. Set aside half a day (or let’s be realistic, a day). Get some coffee and some tunes on the go and wear good underwear (because good-fitting underwear makes a different to the final look of an outfit, trust me).
Make sure you’re feeling good when you do this. If you approach it in a bad headspace, you’ll beat yourself up if items don’t fit. The truth is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with your body – it’s natural and normal to fluctuate. But when you’re feeling emotional or hormonal or tired, the volume on those little niggles of self-doubt can turn up. If this is the case, do something nice for yourself, like a lovely bubble bath, and come back to your wardrobe on another day.
Now… take everything out. And I mean EVERYTHING. Your might can’t create if it can’t see the whole picture. By taking everything out, you’ll see patterns that have emerged in your habits – like how you compulsively buy navy jumpers every time you go shopping.
You’ll also start to see new ways of wearing things.
We tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to outfits. We think ‘this top goes with these trousers, so that’s how I’ll always wear it.’
But what if you tried the top with a skirt? Or over a dress?
Experimentation is the key to finding new ways of styling. Just try it and see what happens!
The next step in a wardrobe detox is a good clean. Dust and all kinds of nasties can hang about in there.
Keeping it clean and keeping your clothes hung nicely helps them last longer. On the wrong hangers, tops can get droopy-shouldered over time. And no one wants hanger marks in the tops of their skirts.
Think about how your wardrobe makes you feel, too. Does the thought of opening its doors make you feel excited? Or does it fill you with dread?
Clothes are meant to be enjoyed, so store them in a way that presents you with lots of options when you get dressed in the mornings.
TAKE IT TO THE TAILOR
Did you know that extending the life of an item by nine months reduces its impact on the planet by 30 per cent?
The UK high street is the best in the world – you can get some great quality pieces relatively inexpensively.
Because fit models are used and they’re produced in large quantities, not every item is going to fit your body perfectly. Two women can both be a size 12, yet their shape is totally different.
So to get your clothes to fit you really well, take them to a tailor.
For just a few pounds, you can have sizes changed, new buttons added, the change of a sleeve. A tailor can take your items from ‘run of the mill’ to ‘wow’ in a couple of days.
And, when your clothes are unique and fit really well, the chances are you’ll wear them more often, which is great for the planet and for your purse!
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Here are a few ways to wear your clothes in new ways:
Mix your colours!
An easy way to see which colours work well? Look at the colour wheel! Colours opposite each other are matches made in sartorial heaven. Think green and pink, purple and yellow, orange and blue. Colours next to each other also work nicely – and if you’re feeling really brave, match colours in a triangle.
The temptation is to put print with a block colour – or black. Black tends to ground an outfit, so if you want to ‘lift’ the look, try it with a light neutral. Leopard looks great with brown.
And why not try a print mix, or a print with colour? The key to mixing two prints is to match one colour in the items.
Tuck it in
We think that if we wear our clothes loosely, it will hide the bits we’re conscious of. But your shape is meant to be celebrated! Your shape is your shape, whether you spend your time fighting against it and being negative about it, or you spend your time loving it and dressing it well.
Tucking in your top helps defined your waist.
Occasion dresses for day
So you’ve got some beautiful dresses which you wore once to an event and have shoved in the back of the wardrobe ever since.
You spent quite a bit of money on them and they do make you feel fabulous – so why not wear them!
The ‘occasion dress’ is going to be BIG this year. We’re all sick of staying at home and want any excuse to dress up.
The key to making your event dress day-time appropriate? Consider the items you style it with.
You could wear a wrap dress over crop jeans, or open as a kimono. You could layer it over a slip dress and wear it with trainers.
Sequins don’t need to be reserved for night-time. Pair a sequin skirt with a jumper and mules to meet a friend for coffee.
JUST… WEAR IT!
They say ‘dress to impress’, but this logic assumes that we should only wear what we wear for the gaze of other people. And this is how we’ve got caught in a sad cycle of pulling on the same old loungewear every day. What’s the point of dressing well? Who’s going to see it anyway?
… You’re going to see it!
Doesn’t your opinion matter? Sure it does! So if you want to dress up, do it! I guarantee it will make you feel better.