Now that you have organized your closet (previous blog) it is time to tackle your wardrobe. Editing your wardrobe takes time and patience but the result is worth it. If you need assistance and a boost, a Wardrobe Stylist can help you.
You have probably already heard that 80% of women wear 20% of their wardrobe. Your goal is to wear 100% of your wardrobe. You always want to feel and look your best. Here are a few simple steps to edit your wardrobe.
Streamline your closet to keep only the items that make you feel comfortable and fabulous.
You may want to edit your wardrobe twice a year in fall and in the spring. Start by sorting your items into categories:
KEEP – All items that suit your lifestyle and your body type. These pieces should be a perfect fit, color, style and of good quality.
ALTER – These garments just need a little tweaking for a good fit. Maybe you have a dress that needs to be shortened for a more updated look, or a change of buttons on a jacket. A seamstress will be your best friend. A simple hem should not be more than $15.oo.
DONATE – These are all quality items that you no longer wear but are good enough for another home. There are many organizations that will gladly take the clothing. Dress for Success collects professional attire. Check for other charitable organizations in your community.
CONSIGN – Do you have items that you have never or seldom wore? They are the wrong color, wrong fit or style?Consignment and resale shops will take these items and give you a certain percentage back when they are sold, between 40 to 60% of the sale price. They need to be given to the shop clean, pressed and on hangers. Buying consignment is also a great option for basic or trendy items.
SWAP – You may have pieces that you no longer wear but you have trouble getting rid of. Get a group of “Fashionista Friends” together and swap your clothes, bags and accessories. It’s fun and you may find a treasure you cannot live without.
TRASH – These pieces are faded, no longer appropriate and have served you well. Also when you update your wardrobe with a new piece, discard one of lesser quality. Your wardrobe is not extensive and you need space for your fabulous finds.
STORE ALL ITEMS
- that are not of the current season into an alternate closet
- that have a sentimental value that you wish to keep but do not wear: The wedding dress, the dress you wore on your first date or to your son’s 1st birthday do not belong in your closet. Space is limited and precious!
You have sorted all your clothes. It is now time for the fun part. Look at your keep pile and build your foundation.
This will be quality items that you will use to mix and match and build ensembles. The objective is to make as many outfits as possible. Try on all the pieces in your keep pile as well as accessories. Accessories are the best and cheapest way to update, dress up or down and outfit. Make a list of items that you will need to complement your wardrobe. It is important to always buy the best quality you can afford.
Last but not least, SHOPPING. Always go shopping with your list and a plan in mind. The task will be easier and must cheaper.
After all your hard work, enjoy your new wardrobe.
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