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Cleanse and Shop Your Own Wardrobe Like a Stylist

Great style is about approaching everyday with confidence and the ability to feel beautiful in what you are wearing.

As a personal stylist, the process of editing and cleansing my client’s wardrobe is essential in ensuring that they’re always looking and feeling their best.

You need to cleanse to uncover the treasures you already own and breathe some life and excitement back in your wardrobe.

It is amazing how easily you can get dressed if you have only a few spot on options rather than a large cluttered wardrobe hence feeling like ‘I have nothing to wear!

By getting rid of the things that you don’t love, you will be able to see the things that you do.

Keep in mind when you are de cluttering your wardrobe, the philosophy of Marie Kondo ( author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) where she states that you should say bye to anything that doesn’t “bring you joy” or make you feel confident.

So, set aside at least 4-5 hours to cleanse. Start by reflecting on your lifestyle and how you want your style to look. Think about individuals whose style you admire. What is it that admire? How are they putting their outfits together?

Write down all the places you need to dress for – ie: work, girls lunches, weekends away, weddings etc. There is no point buying or keeping items in your wardrobe that are not suited to your lifestyle.

You will need to try on every item in your wardrobe and evaluate it based on my 7 checklist points below:

  1. Does it fit and is it comfortable?
  2. Do I have something to wear this item with?
  3. Does this reflect my style or how I want to be perceived?
  4. Is it damaged or need altering?
  5. How do I feel when I wear it – Does it spark Joy?
  6. Where will I wear it? – refer to your lifestyle list,
  7. Does it suits your body shape and highlights your best features?

Experiment with your new wardrobe. Try pieces together that you wouldn’t normally. Style a few looks that include shoes, bag and jewellery and take a photo to document. Store the images on your phone for easy reference. This can make getting ready a lot easier and less rushed.

Hang all the pieces that survived the checklist into groups: long dresses, tops, shirts etc. Invest in some flocked hangers to save space and they are kinder on your clothes than wire or plastic.

Streamline your accessories and make them easy to access. As my clients all know – accessories are key to pulling an outfit together. Add a colourful bag or shoes to a minimalistic outfit or just a fine longline necklace to make a look more stylish.

By the end of this process, you may have less clothes, but more outfits options to wear! You will be amazed at what you already own once we clear out the pieces you never wore or are no longer suited to your lifestyle.

You won’t waste time in the morning as all your clothes fit and flatter.

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2 Comments
  • Jenny Bennett
    Posted at 08:26h, 10 February

    Great inspiration to de-clutter my wardrobe, thanks Bernadette.

    • Thats My Style
      Posted at 13:53h, 10 February

      Thanks Jenny, glad I have inspired you to de clutter.