The thought of streamlining your wardrobe may bring you out in a cold sweat but we promise that the fuss-free mornings that come with having a more curated clothing collection are so worth it. Even better, donating or reselling some of your designer pieces means you can reinvest in some of SS17’s must-have trends guilt free and without spending a penny. It’s a win-win situation!
Here’s our step-by-step guide to detoxing your wardrobe like the fashion editors do, leaving more space for this season’s new arrivals.
Set aside ample time
We’re talking about a seriously deep detox here, so it’s important to set aside adequate time to do the job properly. Depending on the size of your wardrobe, allow a couple of hours, put on some music and grab a glass of wine (but just the one; now isn’t the time to throw caution to the wind and start making hasty alcohol-influenced decisions!)
Remove EVERY item
The perfect wardrobe detox starts with a clean slate, or rather a clear rail, so remove every item of clothing. There’s something strangely satisfying about the blank canvas you’re left with, with only the clothing that makes the cut destined to return and the promise of a wardrobe full of things you love at the finish line.
Prepare the piles
The first step to decluttering is to categorize your clothing into three piles: ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Maybe’.
If an item fits, you’ve worn it in the last six months, it still suits your style or it has sentimental meaning, it heads for the ‘Yes’ pile. Anything that doesn’t fit, hasn’t been worn in the last year or you just aren’t feeling anymore goes on the ‘No’ pile; it’s got to go!
The ‘Maybe’ pile is more complicated. This is where pieces that need a little more thought go, so if you’re not sure if it fits, if you love something but can’t remember when you last wore it, or you just need a little more time to decide, it heads here. With every item sorted and your piles made, you can try on all the maybes and decide whether they’re headed for the ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’.
It’s time to put the ‘Yes’ pile back where it belongs but investing a little time into organising the items isn’t only strangely satisfying, it’ll also save you time when it comes to choosing your outfits in a morning. Group clothing together - jeans together, the same with shirts, and so on and so forth - doing so in colour order if you’re taking the organisational stage really seriously.
Find the money-makers
Now it’s time to turn your attention to the ‘No’ pile. Separate all pieces into two smaller piles; one for the charity shop and one for designer items to be resold. This is the pile that is going to buy your spring/summer 2017 pieces, like the Mulberry Bayswater in this season’s must-have orange shade or the Sarah Pacini linen dress you’ve had your eye on for weeks. Reselling designer pieces is no longer limited to eBay, in fact there are several online marketplaces specialising in selling your luxury items. A quick Google search will unearth some of the best but remember; you’re there to sell!
Now for the fun part…
With more room in your wardrobe and more money in your wallet, there is only one thing to do; visit Robinsons and get your hands on those SS17 pieces you’ve been coveting! We’ll see you soon.