The current state of my ‘wardrobe’ could be described in three simple words: A fucking travesty. We moved into our beautiful forever home back in January, and given that we had built-in wardrobes in our first home, we had no option but to leave them behind (and thank god, they weren’t the best). And, since so many other to-do’s have taken over the minor details since we moved in, we still don’t have actual wardrobes four months on. We have a fabulous display cabinet for our gin, and a gorgeous rack for our wine – so the priorities have been taken care of. But despite the beautiful organisation of the alcohol in our abode, our box room has unwittingly been transformed into a floordrobe, and I am not coping.
Last weekend, us Brits were blessed with an absolutely beautiful bank holiday weekend. It was perfect – until I had to dig like a feral animal, on my hands and knees, for something to wear that wasn’t a pair of black leggings, jeans or a sweater. By the time I dug out a suitable outfit, I’d half expected the sun to have disappeared and the heavens to have opened – but praise Jesus, the sun was still cracking the flags. Yet still, I learned two things that day – the first being that we desperately need to sort some wardrobes out – and thankfully, the boy has agreed to build me some next weekend. The second thing I learned is that I have wayyyyyyy too many clothes – despite, bizarrely, never having anything to actually wear. So, I decided that ahead of my lovely new wardrobes being built and my box room becoming a delightfully clear space again, it was about time I decluttered the floordrobe in anticipation of sunnier days ahead. I thought it might be handy if I put together a little list of coping mechanisms for anybody else struggling to find anything appropriate to wear when the sun shines. Enjoy!
1) Be Ruthless. You own the wardrobe, the wardrobe does not own you.
If you haven’t worn something for 12 months, it’s time for you to part ways. Breaking up with clothing you once loved can be devastating, but bite the bullet, bag it and if it’s still in good nick, send it to your local charity shop. Or, if you have siblings who constantly raid your wardrobe anyway, donate your lesser-worn pieces to them. They might just leave the rest of your wardrobe alone for a while!
2) Opt for staples and key pieces.
Hands in the bucket if you’ve ever bought something you loved in the shop despite suspecting you’d probably never wear it IRL? Yep, that’s me! I’m ashamed to say that when I started packing up my clothes for the big move, I found so many tops and dressed I’d forgotten ever buying tucked away – they even had the labels on. Sticking to key staples is a great way to build a stylish and reliable directory of clothing. If you have a favourite, go-to pair of jeans, you can pretty much pair them with anything and look gorgeous. Night out with the girls? Throw on a cute blouse and some heels and you’re set. Off to the cinema? Wear a cute tee and your favourite pair of trainers and you’re good to go. The same applies to cute skirts, dresses and jackets. When you just can’t resist some retail therapy, opt for pieces that will compliment or enhance your existing wardrobe and you’ll feel a whole lot less guilty about splashing out in the first place.
3) Box it up.
Once you’ve finally navigated your way through the minefield of clothing – remembering to be absolutely ruthless – pack away any clothes you’re not going to need until the seasons change. Okay, so here in Britain it’s highly likely the seasons have changed three times since you started sorting through your clothes. But packing away chunky winter knits, dresses and accessories is a great way to open up your wardrobe space so that you can see exactly what you have – and make way for some new purchases.
4) Organise that clothing rail!
Nothing upsets me more than a messy, unorganised wardrobe. Trousers hung beside short dresses, which are hung beside coats, which are hung besides crop tops. No. Just no. Keeping everything categorised is the best way to stay organised and tidy, and makes it a whole lot easier to piece a stylish outfit together.
Have I inspired you to declutter your wardrobe for summer?
Until next time x