As my daughter approaches her second birthday I feel I have just about come to grips with my new body, accepting the inevitable changes (wider hips and a lovely round mum-tun) and doing what I can to keep healthy and in some kind of shape. But the same cannot be said for my wardrobe.
I am a crazy hoarder, I hate throwing anything away especially clothes. The past few months have seen me give away bags of clothes and shoes to local charity shops yet I still have a heaving wardrobe and you don’t even want to see what’s in the under-bed storage. Not pretty!
I have my Uni wardrobe, my ‘working in fashion’ wardrobe, my maternity clothes, post baby super baggy clothes and now the busy-mum clothes. I hate to say it out loud but I think I am desperately hanging onto a past me with some of these clothes and you know what – I am not that person anymore. I am a mum now and that doesn’t mean I can’t still dress up and over-spend at Zara but it does mean the multiple pairs of sky scrapers, leather mini skirts, tight vests and hundreds of clutch bags probably don’t suit my lifestyle anymore. Ok I might keep the leather minis.
So as it is Spring I am having a spring-clean and tidying up my wardrobe. And oh so timely my favourite Vestiaire Collective has released their own guide on detoxing your wardrobe so I am totally ripping them off (sorry but its such good advice I have to) and sharing it with you here…
1. Refine your style
By working through your wardrobe and deciding what and what not to keep, you’ll start noticing patterns. Are all your tops in a particular colour washed-out because you wear them so often? Are all of your favourite jeans high-waisted? These patterns can teach you a lot about your personal style and help you distinguish key players from ephemeral favorites.
2. Build a better wardrobe
Once you’ve finished your detox, your closet will undoubtedly look a lot emptier than it did before, and that’s a good thing! It’ll make your wardrobe more functional and versatile as it’ll be much easier to figure out which pieces you really need (vs. want), and to fill in the missing gaps. It’s also the best canvas on which to start incorporating fresh new inspiration.
3. Improve your shopping habits
Are you an impulse shopper? Do you make decisions you end up regretting later? A closet detox can help you improve your shopping habits in 3 ways. By learning from those past mistakes that have just sat at the back of your closet with the tag on. By comparing pieces you love and wear regularly with those you are getting rid of, and finally, that feeling of a fresh start is sometimes all you need to break bad habits once and for all.
Wish me luck with mine…. dreading it! And if have any tips to share… please do!!!
I love this post V, I can really relate to back when I started having babies. I’ve really pared down my wardrobe since then & I no longer buy tat. I think long & hard before a purchase these days & always aim for the better quality version, even if that means waiting for it.
Slow fashion is the way forward. xxx
Thanks so much for reading Michelle and taking time to comment… I wish I could be a bit more like that. Hopefully after my detox I can make steps to a more simple wardrobe x
I’m so glad I came across this post – this is what I have been trying to do recently too and I love reading other peoples’ experiences and tips. I have some clothes that I have kept when I went travelling (about, er, 10 years ago…) and although I am very, very unlikely to wear them again, I just can’t seem to bring myself to get rid of them.
I also really like point 3 in your grid, uni-tasking. I find it is a far better approach to multi-tasking – just focussing on one thing (and doing it properly) makes a lot more sense to me.
Good luck with your clear out!
Katie x TheEclecticity.org
Thanks so much for reading Katie! And commenting…. Good luck if you do it xx