Weeeeellll that’s not fully true, however for those who observe me over on Instagram or Fb you’ll know I’ve had a number of HUGE clearouts of my wardrobe up to now this 12 months. And I believe it might be fairly near a minimum of 1/3 of my wardrobe gone up to now (and doubtless extra to go, to be sincere!)
However why? What has sparked this mass clear-out you ask?
The reply is fairly easy actually. I used to be getting overwhelmed with decisions.
See? I’m not in contrast to you. Typically I take a look at my wardrobe and don’t know the place to start out. My drawback is although I just about LOVE the whole lot I personal – which makes it arduous to say goodbye to issues!
A part of my job as a private stylist is to assist individuals perceive their distinctive model, by way of what I name your Type Foundations. So mainly what which means is, you already know what colors you want, what shapes work finest in your physique, and what precise kinds of garments you want sporting (ie. traditional, structured, daring, female, and so on). We then USE these foundations as filters after we do a wardrobe audit. So if objects of clothes in my shopper’s wardrobe don’t meet these requirements, they’re gone!
Over time, I’ve labored actually arduous to work on my model foundations, so what which means is that I’m normally fairly good at shopping for issues that I actually love, that swimsuit my form, and that actually match my distinctive model. However what that additionally means is that it’s tougher to make use of these pointers to maneuver issues on too, as a result of most of my garments MEET these three standards haha! Therefore FULLLLLL wardrobe.
So again to the beginning of this 12 months, and too many garments – I do know it appears like a “horrible” drawback to have, too many superior garments, however any type of overwhelm can begin to create nervousness and I used to be beginning to really feel pressured about having to dress every single day (sound acquainted?). I needed to have the ability to actually benefit from the garments I already had, and to some extent, break the cycle of at all times wanting so as to add extra new and glossy.
I acquired ruthless, I imply RUTHLESS! That is what I did, my pointers for actually clearing out what wasn’t serving me 100% anymore, hopefully, a few of these might help you too:
1. I set a REALLY particular timeframe
Now I normally get my shoppers to do that, choose a time-frame that they haven’t worn their on a regular basis garments for – it could be one 12 months, it could be 5 – it’s as much as the person.
I used COVID lockdowns as my timeframe. I acquired pregnant and had a child throughout lockdowns, however that was 3 years in the past now. We’ve had loads of winters (and the occasional summer time) since then, so something that hasn’t been worn within the timeframe SINCE COVID robotically went onto the “to be bought” pile. Easy as that.
2. I attempted garments on.
Now I normally simply do a fast flick by way of my racks once I’m doing a little bit of a wardrobe cull, ‘sure, sure, no, perhaps’ however this time, I pulled out issues that I paused on and put them in a pile to TRY. Holy cow it made such a distinction!
I had a ravishing gown that had embroidered flamingoes on it. It was so fairly to have a look at in my wardrobe, an actual wow piece. One which I at all times thought I’d maintain without end as a result of it was so stunning to have a look at… however once I tried it on, it didn’t match proper anymore. Nicely, didn’t that make the choice simpler? I used to be by no means going to put on it once more as a result of it merely didn’t match. Byyyyyyye!
On the flip aspect, I had just a few issues in my “presumably to go” pile that once I tried again on, I realised how a lot I did get pleasure from sporting them, and made a promise to them (and to myself) to carry them again into circulation (what, you don’t discuss to your garments? I believed everybody did… simply me then. Okay)
3. Did the merchandise match my Type Persona anymore?
Everybody’s model evolves. It’s one of many greatest locations my private styling shoppers get caught. They haven’t taken the time to re-assess their very own sense of favor, and abruptly, they don’t even know what it’s anymore. So I had an extended arduous take into consideration my very own sense of favor, and what I needed it to seem like.
What that meant was that among the items that I cherished and that had served me loyally for years needed to go. They simply didn’t match who I needed to be anymore. For instance, though considered one of my Type Persona phrases is female, I don’t actually love floral prints – they really feel a bit too girly for my model. I had just a few beautiful items that simply didn’t match with my evolving concept of what female is to me. So that they went.
So what am I doing in a different way this 12 months to cease the overwhelm from coming again? Nice query! There are just a few little issues I’m doing in a different way, and right here they’re.
1. I’m shopping for much less, however higher high quality.
I like supporting native NZ manufacturers, and I can recognize the effort and time that goes into designing a variety (particularly after designed my collab assortment with Harrie and Sam final 12 months). I wish to not solely assist native companies extra, but additionally put money into items that I REALLY love, and that may stand the check of time. So I’m making an attempt to purchase much less however purchase higher.
2. I’m making an effort to decorate up and put on one thing totally different every single day.
I do know that appears like a no brainer, however I are likely to grow to be a repeat offender. If I like an outfit, I’ll put on it on repeat till I get sick of it! This would possibly work in case your Mark Zuckerberg (who famously wears the identical factor to work every single day) however for those who’re a private stylist that loves print and color, that doesn’t take advantage of what I’ve acquired.
So I’m making a concerted effort to placed on one thing I like each morning, no matter what I’m doing. The truth is, as I sit right here working from house penning this weblog, I’m sporting a cute matching prime and skirt from Flo & Frankie, that I not too long ago purchased, not saving it for an event, simply sporting it as a result of it’s fairly.
They’re simply two modifications I’m making to MY wardrobe this 12 months, with the hope to essentially BUY much less and WEAR extra.
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