Do you ever go to your wardrobe, look at all the clothes hanging there and still think that you have nothing to wear? It’s not that they don’t fit you, its just that they don’t seem to “fit” your personality any more. When this happens I take it as a warning signal that I need to do a wardrobe overhaul.
The disconnect between me and my wardrobe seems to happen every couple of years. If you think about it, it does make perfect sense…
We’re constantly learning new things, developing new skills, meeting new people and having new experiences… all of which have an impact on who we are and ultimately on who we are becoming. Therefore any changes to our personality, no matter how subtle, can lead to a physical change.
After all, its not uncommon after a relationship breakdown that a person drastically changes their hair colour or finally loses a lot of weight. Its just their emotional state reflecting on how they look externally. So every few years or so, it makes sense that our clothes no longer reflect our own personal growth.
Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.
– Ralph Lauren
When this happens I do a wardrobe overhaul. This isn’t a quick clear out but an actual audit that can take a few weeks to complete. Here’s the break down:
- Get rid of anything that you will definitely not wear again. Anything that doesn’t fit you or you really don’t like any more, remove and give to charity.
- Everything else place into an order of all skirts together, all trousers together, all tops etc… Getting your wardrobe organised will help you see what you have more clearly.
- For the next month, each day create an outfit from your wardrobe and make a decision on whether those items reflect your personality or not.. it might be that the skirt would work if it was paired with a brighter top, or you want to introduce more of a certain colour or style into your wardrobe. At the end of the month you should have a better idea on what you need to buy.
- Do some research.. See what’s in the stores that grabs your eye. Is there a fashion blogger who’s style that you like that you could use for inspiration?
- Don’t forget accessories! After all a statement pair of earings can completely transform an outfit. If you’re on a tight budget updating your accessories could be just the thing that you need to update your look without hitting your finances.
- When you’ve completed your wardrobe audit, that’s the time to finally go shopping! Go try on some clothes to find out what suits you and what doesn’t. Try on styles that you wouldn’t normally choose to see what they look like on. This is after all a voyage of discovery to see what suits the new you.
Finances might not allow you to buy everything that you need all at once, but a few key pieces might be all that you need initially to update your wardrobe and start reflecting the new you!
Don’t worry if you get it right straight away. Finding your new personal style will take a little time. Have fun with it! Enjoy the journey!