January 2020, how did that happen? I can’t believe we are already in a new decade! There is something very inspiring about the start of a new year, it’s almost like a clean slate to start afresh and what better time to outline your goals and commit to them. In shopping terms January isn’t the time to update your wardrobe, this is because the sales are in full swing and unless you are shopping for classic investment pieces it’s not a good idea to mindlessly fill your wardrobe just because it’s a bargain! It is however a great time to organise your wardrobe, get clear on what you have and what you need to replace, so to make life a little easier for you here are my top tips on getting your wardrobe in great shape for the year ahead.
Take the time to review
Does your wardrobe make the start of your day easy? do you wake up at 5.30am and everything is ready to go, or is it chaotic, you grab the nearest thing to you and get out of the door? How does this make you feel? Organised and in control, or out of control and another area of your life that causes stress? Pay attention to this because it’s the start of your day, it sets the tone for how you feel, how confident you are and how you appear to other people you are meeting throughout the day.
What does your week look like?
Do you spend your time commuting, getting up when it’s dark, having a full-on day and getting home when it’s dark, what and maybe who do you come home to? Are you running your own business that means you’re dropping the kids off and then beginning a day of meetings with a variety of different businesses and then rushing home to make sure everything is organised for the evening or are you tied to corporate hours of 9.00 to 17.00?
Have a Clear Out
When I am doing a wardrobe edit for a client this is generally the most stressful part of the process for them. Often people have emotional attachments to items like ‘’I wore this to go on our first date’’ or for ‘’my son’s christening, 10 years ago’’, it’s important to keep reminding yourself why you are going through this process, i.e; to make life easier, save time and get rid of items that you haven’t worn for a decade or more. If you are struggling to be objective with your decisions around what to keep and what to get rid of, get an honest friend to help you or consult an expert.
Organise what you are left with
There are many ways to organise your wardrobe and some people have distinct preferences, i.e colour coded, all tops together or skirts together, however I always recommend organising your wardrobe into outfits for the five days ahead. This way, when you get up in the morning it’s one less thing to think about, you know what your wearing and which accessories compliment which outfit. One less thing to think about = more headspace, more time and less stress.
Invest in Basics
It’s important to make a list of any items that you may be missing, it may be white ‘t’shirts, a smart dress or a leather jacket. When buying basic items it’s advisable to invest in quality fabrics and classic cuts that will last a long time. In the short term this may be more expensive but in the long term it will save you money. It’s also a much more eco-friendly choice than burning through countless low-quality, fast-fashion items.
The fun part – or is it just me?
Going shopping to update your wardrobe for Spring / Summer is generally best approached when the sales are over. The beginning of March is a good time to start adding a few key pieces to update your wardrobe for the new season. You don’t have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe unless you have the inclination (and money) to do so, but think about what you have and what you can add to, make a list and go and have some fun.