The contents of my wardrobe is an on-going obsession. There is a lot of pleasure to be derived, out of opening the doors and finding inside, a nice little collection of clothes. Only the kind of clothes that we absolutely love to wear on a daily basis – and are comfortable for real life.
I like to keep a tight ship so to speak – with regular seasonal clear outs. Before making my fashion budget for SS/16, One needs to take an inventory.
Establish what is good from previous seasons, what needs replacing, and what was one of those fashion shopping errors, on a grand scale, the sort that will never see, the light of day. (kill those, straight away).
The Spring wardrobe clear-out, is there to help me put together a coherent, fashion shopping list, use money wisely, as well as keep me soignè for the forthcoming season.
Step- by-step spring wardrobe clear outs
# taking everything out, EVERYTHING- and clean with non toxic lavender based cleaner. Sometimes I even need to Hoover, the inside of the wardrobe as well.
# re- arranging the wardrobe will take planning and self discipline. I only put back clothes that will realistically get regular wear in the next 8 weeks or so. For me, that means hard working every day, outfits for work, smart clothes for drinks with friends, maybe a restaurant meal, weekend visits to exhibitions, that sort of thing… My lifestyle is very London and very simple, yours may be different. Leaving space for potential new additions is key… Allow room for new possibilities.
# create a separate shoe storage area, complete with accoutrements. Brushes, shoe polishes and dabs of peppermint oils to keep everything fresh.. the heavy boots go into storage and out come the spring loafers. I don’t keep many shoes from season to season, since I walk so much they wear out, plus fashion changes.. My hanbags on the other hand, are ‘investment’ pieces, stored in dustbags out of season. Nothing disposable about them, they get regular handbag spa days. Post here.
# washing & Packing the heavy winter stuff away. Quality Winter knitwear is usually quite expensive – with the right care (cashmere maintenance, washing & storing post here) should last for many seasons.
# Make a pile of what needs to go to charity shops. Since I’ve been regulating my shopping with strict fast fashion fasts, there is hardly any waste, so I get good value out of most of my clothes. And the charities only get good quality items they can actually use. Less is more people- less is more.
# Special occasion outfits and out of season clothes are stored, in a separate wardrobe. These include very dressy clothes, fancy hats, (in proper hat boxes of course!) skiing, chalet, ballet clothes and beachwear.
# Finishing it all off, by adding something lightly scented. Lavender-ish or cedar wood- ish. Real Essential oils are best, as they keep moths at bay. When we open the wardrobe door it should feel fresh, just like a spring garden.
forthcoming post: Accessories and how I store them.
So now – are you ready for the SS16 fashion budget? Any more secret tips for succesful Spring wardrobe clear outs?
If you enjoy looking inside my wardrobe ….here is a little peak inside these famous wardrobes here Both ladies are very different and both have something to teach us about style.
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