- Take out of your wardrobe anything that is non-clothing and put it in a different storage space. Remove all the out-of-season clothes and pack them away in storage bags.
- Now the difficult part: Remove any clothing/ shoe or accessory items that:
- you have not worn in the last 12 months
- do not fit you
- are not comfortable
- look old and tired
- are old-fashioned
- not flattering
- not the right colour
- clothes you can’t wear for 3 different occasions, with 3 other outfits in your wardrobe and over 2-3 seasons
3. Manage your wardrobe: Put your clothes together into different garment types: hang all your tops together, skirts, trousers, dresses and jackets. Organise your knitwear, accessories and shoes in clear boxes and baskets.
4. Time to have fun! Create your own outfits by mixing key pieces (skirts and trousers/leggings) with different combinations of tops/ blouses/shirts, jackets, knitwear and accessories/ handbags and shoes. Hang them together as outfits – you can even use clear zipped dress covers to put the complete outfit together with the accessories and perhaps the shoes included! Do this for your work-wear and casual/smart casual.
5. Finally: write down a list of clothing, accessories and shoe items that perhaps are missing from your wardrobe or need replacing. This will be your wish list when you go shopping next.
This is everything you need to do to have an uncluttered and organised space for your clothes.
Good luck and enjoy your revitalised wardrobe!
Building a wardrobe is like building a house – getting the foundation right is the most important part of the built.
A wardrobe that will last through time and seasons is the one that includes, good quality basic pieces and perfect fitting items. These pieces will be the foundation on which you will develop your style.
White button-up shirt
|Dark-wash, straight/ flared or boot-cut jeans (high waist, small back pockets)
||Black Skirt (pencil, a-line or full)
|T-shirts/ camisoles in neutral colours
||Black trousers (straight or bootcut)
||Little black dress
|Crew neck sweater
||Versatile dress (sheath or wrap preferred) knee length (sleeves or not)
|Organic cashmere/ Polartec / Thinsulate sweater
||Evening dress or gown (can be hired)
||Diamond studs (real or faux)
||Statement / mixed metal necklace
|Black or camel belted Winter wool coat
||Cuff / Bangle in gold or silver
||Pointed toe flats
|Faux fur coat/gilet
||Gold or silver earrings (depending on your skin tone)
||Boots (ankle/knee high)
||Sandals (day and evening)
||Layering dainty necklaces
||Wellington/ weatherproof boots
|Evening bag (black envelope clutch or silver)
||Great fitting bra
|Work Tote bag (medium size) in black or honey brown colour
||Brown or tan belt
||Shapewear for tummy/thighs control
|Backpack (for days with the kids/walk the dog)
||Chic sunglasses (over-sized, wayfarers, aviators etc)
||Good quality scarves
“I hope this guide will help you to create a good wardrobe foundation to streamline your
clothes collection. Your personal style, favourite colours and fabrics will determine which of these items will have a place in your wardrobe.” Elena x
Here are my top 10 tips to help you make the most out of your clothes and feel much more organised this season. If you only wear 20% of the clothes in your wardrobe, this one’s for you!
- Arrange your clothes per lifestyle first (workwear, casualwear, weekend, going out, sportswear, beachwear etc) – and then per items of clothing (bottoms together, shirts/blouses, dresses etc.) – keep in your wardrobe only the clothes you wear a lot.
- Look after your clothes: knitwear always folded, hang the trousers and skirts in soft grip trouser and skirt hangers.
- Accessories need to be accessible! Have them on display so you can see what you have. If they are in a box you will forget about them.
- Shoes & Handbags: place them neatly on bookshelves or take photos of them (if they need to be kept in boxes) and save them in your phone for easy access.
- Make sure that your clothes fit you. Well-fitting clothes will complement your body, whereas ill-fitting garments will draw attention to your problem areas.
- Book a professional bra fitting every 9 months or so, it can help you drop a dress size!
- If you feel comfortable and confident in a specific outfit, then it is the right style for you. Look for similar items when shopping.
- Make a wish list before you go shopping and stick to it!
- Invest in quality basics.
- It is a fact that 70% of the world wears second-hand clothing. So next time you want to go shopping, try checking out a second-hand store or look for a clothes swap event near you! (Check out my Walk In Wardrobe™ events here)