I have always been on the comfort side of things when it comes to fashion. I am someone who loves buying clothes without a conscious sense of trend, personal style and fashion. As a result I have a disorganized mess of clothes in all colors, fabrics and shapes. Its time to clean up.
You need a wardrobe revamp if :
– You have a wardrobe of which you use less than 50% regularly
– You are overwhelmed by the choice of clothes every morning
– You repeat your most favorite set of clothes of the whole lot too often
– You feel guilty of wasting/ not using a lot of your clothes
– Your wardrobe doesn’t match your current personal style
Here is my 5-step approach to a wardrobe revamp:
1 – Define your personal style: If you aren’t happy with your current personal style or don’t have one like me, define it. Use a Pinterest board to gather images of styles that you like and see yourself wearing. Once you think you have a good varied collection, come up with your signature style. The key is to refine according to what suits you better than what you like on others. Choose according to the colors, shapes, fabric, clothing pieces that will go well with your coloring, personality and the level of comfort you prefer. Come up with a uniform and a few go-to-styles that you love and are comfortable wearing regularly. Take the help of a close friend/ family person for opinions if you need to.
2 – Wardrobe detox: First thing, be ruthless. Roll out every piece of clothing out of your wardrobe and strictly assess if you need it or not. Come up with a formula/method to decide what/when/why you will keep or not. I used this cheat sheet by Into-mind [she is brilliant, check her blog] to help me decide what would stay in and go out. It worked like a charm!
3 – Analyze: Once you have decided what pieces to keep, see what you need to add to the wardrobe for it to match your personal style. Come up with a list of the items that are absolutely necessary to fill the gap and complete your new wardrobe. Make sure you aren’t adding anything similar to what you just got rid of.
4 – Shop smart: Before going out to shop, fix a budget and make a clear short-list of the exact items you are going to buy. Remember, quality over quantity. While shopping, try each piece of clothing, evaluate well and buy if and only if you really really love it and it blends with your definition of personal style. And stick to your budget, no cheating!
5 – Organize and maintain: This is the exciting part for me. Putting together the old and new to make an entire new wardrobe that you can be excited about. Organize your closet in a way that is easy to search, time-saving and welcoming. Re-evaluate every now and then (a couple of times a year) to see if you are using everything in your wardrobe and you are happy with it.
People change, styles change and so do wardrobes.
Uh, that was a long post. But I wanted to list every detail of the process so it would be clear. Putting together a new wardrobe can be really fun if you are open to experimenting with your style and trying new things.
Are you a fan of wardrobe revamps?