A 5-STEP APPROACH TO A WARDROBE REVAMP

Jan 08 2015
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.
 
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  • Wardrobe revamps are fun and a bit scary, but I always feel better once I’ve purged! When I’m getting rid of stuff I do 1 of 4 things.
    1. If it’s an old shirt or cotton skirt that maybe has a stain I cut it into rags for around the apartment so I don’t have to use paper towels.

    2. If It’s a fun piece that is a little quirky I bring it to a local consignment store I like and then keep my money there as store credit, because $30 at a consignment store goes a long way!

    3. If have stuff that I know I can get good money for (or if it’s off season) I sell it on Vinted.com, because I love the community of gals and how much you can keep from your sale.

    4. Finally, anything extra goes to Goodwill.

    • Wow, a wonderful formula! Yes getting rid of unwanted baggage always feels good. Thanks for sharing Jocellyn! x

  • Wardrobe revamps are fun and a bit scary, but I always feel better once I've purged! When I'm getting rid of stuff I do 1 of 4 things.
    1. If it's an old shirt or cotton skirt that maybe has a stain I cut it into rags for around the apartment so I don't have to use paper towels.

    2. If It's a fun piece that is a little quirky I bring it to a local consignment store I like and then keep my money there as store credit, because $30 at a consignment store goes a long way!

    3. If have stuff that I know I can get good money for (or if it's off season) I sell it on Vinted.com, because I love the community of gals and how much you can keep from your sale.

    4. Finally, anything extra goes to Goodwill.

  • Very helpful post lovely, I feel like I keep buying and my wardrobe gets so full I can’t even see within it, not to mention only wear about 10-20 percent of it, I definitely need to go through it all asap! xxx

    • Hi jessica, so nice to see your comment lovely! Yes do it! xo

  • I completely agree with shopping smart, sometimes it is hard to say no to yourself but making a list before going into a store and setting a budget definitely help. On top of that I just simply avoid going into stores for a “quick look”- a quick look can be quite tricky most of the time! 🙂

    Elif THATSALEAF – beauty.fashion.lifestyle

    • Ha ha agree about the quick look elif 😉 xo

  • I completely agree with shopping smart, sometimes it is hard to say no to yourself but making a list before going into a store and setting a budget definitely help. On top of that I just simply avoid going into stores for a "quick look"- a quick look can be quite tricky most of the time! 🙂

    Elif THATSALEAF – beauty,fashion,lifestyle

  • Loved the post!! I should probably do a wardrobe detox, but l feel like if l throw something away l will regret lt some day even though l know it’s never gonna happen. lt’s a never ending cicle lol

    • Ah yes it is a vicious circle. But the cheat sheet above is very helpful 🙂 xo

  • Loved the post!! I should probably do a wardrobe detox, but l feel like if l throw something away l will regret lt some day even though l know it's never gonna happen. lt's a never ending cicle lol

  • Loved this post, I’m slowly trying to introduce a few more items into my wardrobe at the moment, I barely wear any of my clothes as I either don’t like the fit of them or I just don’t feel as though they’re really “me” anymore. I definitely need to go through and finally throw a few bits away, but my wardrobe will look so bare!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

    • Thank you so much heather! ah yes, i agree. But its a good excuse to shop again 😉

  • What a great post Chaitra! Very helpful, I recently did a wardrobe detox. What really helped me be ruthless and throw things out was to think ‘when was the last time I wore this’ and if I couldn’t even remember, out it went. It’s also interesting to see how much your personal style has changed as you reorganise your closet. I’ll definitely be sharing this post with my readers 🙂 x
    http://berrixbeauty.blogspot.com

    • Aww sheri, that was such a sweet comment. Thank you so so much. Agree with everything you said .. xo

  • Shopping smart is key! I’ve been tryingto do that lately. But it’s so hard to resist a good not-thinking-straight buy sometimes 😉

    • 🙂 I agree. Its so satisfying 😀 But gotta resist young lady! 😉 xo

  • Shopping smart is key! I've been tryingto do that lately. But it's so hard to resist a good not-thinking-straight buy sometimes 😉

  • Irene

    This is an awesome post! Had been sitting on cleaning up my wardrobe and using “not knowing how to start” as the excuse for the longest time ever.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you irene! You should start now then! xo

  • Irene

    This is an awesome post! Had been sitting on cleaning up my wardrobe and using "not knowing how to start" as the excuse for the longest time ever.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • literally wear about 10% of my wardrobe, defiantly time for a clear out. At least this is a good excuse to buy more clothes!

    Alice x
    Sheer Beautiful l Bloglovin’

    • 🙂 Ha ha, yes! See the positive side of things , love that alice! xo

  • literally wear about 10% of my wardrobe, defiantly time for a clear out. At least this is a good excuse to buy more clothes!

    Alice x
    Sheer Beautiful l Bloglovin'

  • I have the opposite problem, I don’t have enough! My dresser is filled with sweatpants & t-shirts. My goal this year is to create a wardrobe, while still approaching it all minimally. Great post Chaitra! <3

    Sofia | palelily.blogspot.com

    • Hi sofia! So good to see your comment! You lucky girl, buying is always more fun than getting rid of stuff, right? Hope you build an awesome wardrobe! Would love to take a peek into it <3

  • I have the opposite problem, I don't have enough! My dresser is filled with sweatpants & t-shirts. My goal this year is to create a wardrobe, while still approaching it all minimally. Great post Chaitra! <3

    Sofia | palelily.blogspot.com

  • I am almost positive I need a wardrobe clear out, so these are really great tips for me right now! Definitely need to be more ruthless

    little miss fii | Fii x

    • 🙂 hey fii! Yup being merciless is key 😉 😀 Good luck! xo

  • I am almost positive I need a wardrobe clear out, so these are really great tips for me right now! Definitely need to be more ruthless

    little miss fii | Fii x

  • Great tips! I think I definitely need a wardrobe re-vamp!

    http://www.hayleyeszti.com

    • Thanks hayley! Yup do it xo

  • Great tips! I think I definitely need a wardrobe re-vamp!

    http://www.hayleyeszti.com

  • Emily Leung

    This post definitely struck a chord for me because I have been having so much difficulty picking my outfit everyday! I absolutley hate feeling ungrateful, but it’s just tough when so many things don’t fit the way they used to or you just don’t like how they look 😐 That cheat sheet is great, and I will be definitely trying it out when I get a chance.

    Emily // ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

    • Hi Emily! I know its very hard to deal with an overflowing wardrobe. But gotta do it 🙂 Let me know how it goes! xo

  • Loved this post! I definitely need to do something like this, but first I need to lose a ton of weight to evaluate all the clothes that I have and so on. I have loads of stuff that used to fit and doesn’t anymore (but I love and think I’ll still use when they fit again), so for now it’s on stand by. Definitely saving this for later use, though. 🙂

    • Hello Carla! 🙂 ha ha! We are always on the mission right? Being more fit is my new year goal too! It has been always, honestly! xo

  • Loved this post! I definitely need to do something like this, but first I need to lose a ton of weight to evaluate all the clothes that I have and so on. I have loads of stuff that used to fit and doesn't anymore (but I love and think I'll still use when they fit again), so for now it's on stand by. Definitely saving this for later use, though. 🙂

  • Perfect post. I definitely need a wardrobe revamp. It is one of my big plans for this year. This is a really good guide. I have way to many clothes and need to declutter. Unfortunately I’m one if those people that attaches sentimental value to objects. I don’t wear other half the things in my wardrobe. I will also be using the diagram to force me to get rid of stuff. My mum used to make us put things we weren’t sure about in a box in a cellat. If we didn’t open the box for a year she would goet rid of it. Xx Kat

    • Thanks lovely! Wow your mom’s idea is good and flows naturally right? Awesome, i love it! xo

  • DandelionBlue

    Perfect post. I definitely need a wardrobe revamp. It is one of my big plans for this year. This is a really good guide. I have way to many clothes and need to declutter. Unfortunately I'm one if those people that attaches sentimental value to objects. I don't wear other half the things in my wardrobe. I will also be using the diagram to force me to get rid of stuff. My mum used to make us put things we weren't sure about in a box in a cellat. If we didn't open the box for a year she would goet rid of it. Xx Dandy I http://www.dandelionblue.co.uk

  • Wow, a wonderful formula! Yes getting rid of unwanted baggage always feels good. Thanks for sharing Jocellyn! x

  • Hi jessica, so nice to see your comment lovely! Yes do it! xo

  • Ha ha agree about the quick look elif 😉 xo

  • Ah yes it is a vicious circle. But the cheat sheet above is very helpful 🙂 xo

  • Thank you so much heather! ah yes, i agree. But its a good excuse to shop again 😉

  • Aww sheri, that was such a sweet comment. Thank you so so much. Agree with everything you said .. xo

  • 🙂 I agree. Its so satisfying 😀 But gotta resist young lady! 😉 xo

  • Thank you irene! You should start now then! xo

  • 🙂 Ha ha, yes! See the positive side of things , love that alice! xo

  • Hi sofia! So good to see your comment! You lucky girl, buying is always more fun than getting rid of stuff, right? Hope you build an awesome wardrobe! Would love to take a peek into it <3

  • 🙂 hey fii! Yup being merciless is key 😉 😀 Good luck! xo

  • Thanks hayley! Yup do it xo

  • Hi Emily! I know its very hard to deal with an overflowing wardrobe. But gotta do it 🙂 Let me know how it goes! xo

  • Hello Carla! 🙂 ha ha! We are always on the mission right? Being more fit is my new year goal too! It has been always, honestly! xo

  • Thanks lovely! Wow your mom's idea is good and flows naturally right? Awesome, i love it! xo

  • Great post. I REALLY need a wardrobe revamp. Roll on payday. Do you know about the scheme H&M run where you receive a £5 voucher for ever bag of old clothes you donate? Goodbye old wardrobe, hello fabulous new look!
    I’ve just started following you Bloglovin too.
    http://www.tamlovestea.co.uk

  • Great post. I REALLY need a wardrobe revamp. Roll on payday. Do you know about the scheme H&M run where you receive a £5 voucher for ever bag of old clothes you donate? Goodbye old wardrobe, hello fabulous new look!
    I've just started following you Bloglovin too.
    http://www.tamlovestea.com

  • Love it! I tend to do a decent job revamping my wardrobe, but it is harder for me to actually ditch the stuff i don’t want to wear. I have such a huge pile of boxes that I need to sort through and sell/donate/etc

  • Love it! I tend to do a decent job revamping my wardrobe, but it is harder for me to actually ditch the stuff i don't want to wear. I have such a huge pile of boxes that I need to sort through and sell/donate/etc

  • Thanks for letting me know Tammie, i am totally going to do it, not sure if it is available in the USA too. But i ll check it out! 🙂 xo

  • 🙂 Thanks joyce! Me too, I have a lot to give out! Need to find a way to do it xo

  • I've been slowly sending my stuff to sites like thredup/twice/threadflip. You just send your stuff to them and they sell it for you or pay you up front. I think it is worth not taking the time myself haha

  • I love the blog intomind for her seriously in-depth how-to for wardrobe revamps. Definitely check it out!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • I love using pinterest for inspiration when trying to define my personal style, I still need constant inspiration really!

    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

  • I definitely need a wardrobe revamp but I am probably too lazy to do that, and I'll procrastinate it every single day!. ;p

    Debasree // ALL SHE NEEDS

  • Seetha Ramanathan

    shop smart – excellent point! harder in practice… but despite the difficulty, in the long run a much more worthwhile closet! quality though is a tough one, lots to consider, brand, material, price. what are your thoughts on evaluating quality?

    keep us thinking! bis, s

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