The other day I had my traditional moan on Twitter on the topic of bein’ as poor as a church mouse yet wantin’ a brand new A/W wardrobe. See, the thing is that you can’t just throw away all your old clothes that you no longer like/are never gonna wear again and just replace it with beautiful new ‘in’ pieces. This transformation takes time, money and thinkin’. Here are a few tips on better organized, more up-to-date, swanky wardrobe!
⇢ throw all your clothes on your bed, wipe the inside AND the outside of your wardrobe, spritz some nice air freshener (I tend to use a cheapo body spray/fragrance) and scatter a few wardrobe satchels (with lavender or some other amazingly scented mixture of herbs inside) on the shelves – et voila – here goes a nice tranquil home for your clothes!
⇢ stand in front of a mirror & try on all pieces that you’re unsure they still fit you – this might be not because you lost/put on a few pounds, it might be because your boyfriend might sometimes take laundry a bit too seriously and wash a load on 60 degrees (true story!)
⇢ now we’ve eliminated all the unintentional crop jumpers and ankle bashers, we can move onto basics:
a pair of skinny jeans (black & blue) ✓
a pair of smart trousers (black) ✓
white & black tank top ✓
white & black t-shirt ✓
black leggings (this winter’s meant to be pretty cruel!) ✓
black cosy tights ✓
if any of the above are missing or have holes, either repair or replace them (the same goes for socks, bras & knickers – no matter how good the fit is – if there’s an unrepairable hole, there’s no way to save it, soz!)
⇢ look at your wardrobe now – this is the base you’re working with, now everything additional to the basics is what makes your wardrobe ‘your style’
⇢ but before you start upgrading your staple collection, hold your horses – you need to get rid of the pile you made with pieces that are too small/too big/too old/not you anymore/makes you look like a tramp – there’s a number of options to do so:
donate these to your local charity $$$
sell everything at a carboot sale $$$
sell it on e-bay $$$
run a blogsale $$$
sell your used things on cash for stuff websites such as Music Magpie $$$
⇢ now you’ve got some cash on your hands (or a good deed in your heart – in case you donated everything to a charity) & a half-empty wardrobe (you know, you don’t have to give away literally everything), you can go wild (just a little bit) & buy some new pretty clothes!
⇢ BUT – do think twice before you buy – when I go shopping with Justin and pick something up he always asks me whether A) I LOVE it (if my answer is I like it, then I may as well put it back), B) I’m gonna wear it more than once C) it goes with anything I already own – the best fashion advice anyone ever gave me, trust me
How do you go about updating your wardrobe?
Any tips on saving up pennies for new pretty dresses?