Catherine de Crèvecoeur is an experienced personal stylist helping men and women discover their style and improve their image. Here, she gives us her top tips on how to successfully get our wardrobes ready for spring…
You might think you already have a good handle on managing the clutter in your wardrobe… but do you REALLY? Or are you avoiding putting any time into your wardrobe and relying on the same old ‘that will do’ pieces to see you through the week (and thus ignoring everything else that’s cramped in there, gathering dust)?
One of my aims when doing a wardrobe detox with my clients is to create more cohesion, cutting down the wardrobe to a manageable size and getting rid of anything that makes them feel less than amazing. I also help them find new ways to reuse and style old items that are perfectly fine but that they’re unsure about.
If you really want to feel good about what you wear and successfully manage your wardrobe then start by following these 10 essential wardrobe cleansing steps:
1. PLAN AHEAD
Choose a time for yourself, put it in the diary, play your favourite music, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine or make a nice warm cup of tea. Enjoy this moment!
2. GET ORGANISED
Before going through all your clothes decide how best you want to organise your wardrobe. I always recommend starting by storing your winter clothes away during the warmer season. Then, depending on your preference, organise your wardrobe by item and by colour.
3. CREATE THREE PILES
One ‘get rid’ (charity/resell or bin), one ‘keep’ and one ‘bring back to life’ (for alterations by a seamstress).
4. FOLLOW THE 12 MONTHS RULE
If you haven’t worn it in over a year then ask yourself if you’ll miss it if you were to part ways with it. Be completely honest to yourself and either hang it back on display or add it to the ‘get rid’ pile.
5. DON’T KEEP YOUR SUNDAY BEST FOR SUNDAYS
If you own special pieces that you’ve been keeping for certain occasions but end up wearing them only very rarely then include these items into your everyday wardrobe. Every day is an opportunity to dress fabulously and you’ll see the cost per wear r educe significantly.
6. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
For items that you love but you’re getting a bit bored of, try looking at mixing and matching them with other pieces you’ve never tried them on with before. This process helps give some clothes a completely new lease of life.
7. GET SNAPPING
One of the things I do with my clients is put together a portfolio of photos of all the different new outfit combinations we created during the wardrobe session. It’s easy to do, you can simply start taking pics on your phone and create a catalogue that’s easily accessible so that you get some ideas of what to wear before rushing out the door in the morning.
8. FIGURE OUT YOUR STYLE
Going through your clothes will help you determine your personal style and provides a great base to build on when looking at complementing your wardrobe with new items.
9. DON’T FORGET YOUR ACCESSORIES
I’ve lost track of how many jewellery boxes I’ve seen that are overflowing with dated, unworn jewellery. Treat these boxes like your wardrobe and create more space for accessories you will wear.
10. MAKE A LIST
At the end of your wardrobe session, make a list of what you need to complement what is left of your spring clean. I do this every single time without fail and it helps save my clients a lot of time and money when it comes to updating their wardrobe.