Seriously this is pretty much my personal detoxed hanging wardrobe for the summer. Yes I have basics such as T shirts, jeans and beachwear, but this really is it
until I get out to do my own personal shop with a concise list of items that will fill the gaps and update my wardrobe.
Due to cold weather that seemed like it was going to last forever, I have been a little later than usual with my own bi-annual wardrobe detox. The very thought of letting go of cashmere, or even looking at a summer dresses has had me in goose pimples. But last weekend with some free time on my hands, favourite tunes playing loudly and the promise of some warmer weather to cheer me on, out it all came, yes all of it, shoes, underwear, sportswear, the lot!
At the end of my purge I had 5 piles left out of the wardrobe:
Chuck out Pass on Charity Sell Dry cleaning/tailoring
To determine what stayed and what went I applied 4 simple rules:
Was it in good condition? Last year, I threw out a favourite dress, it was the blue and white striped one Kate Moss did in her first collection for Top Shop, I wore and wore that dress. But it was faded and thin, I loved that dress but it was time to go. Years ago I used to keep things ‘for best’, some serious life lessons have taught me differently, wear it now best may never happen!
How many of the same thing? How many white T shirts/black trousers/bikinis (all my week points!) do I need? I keep the best 2 or 3 and get rid of the rest
Did it fit? Let’s be clear here, clothes that do not fit right will NEVER look stylish. I am lucky I haven’t changed weight in 25 years but for some damn mean reason my body shape has, and so if it no longer fits and flatters (and can’t be altered) out it goes.
Have I worn it in the last 2 years? I’m lenient with 2 years but I know in the past I have come back to things. I had however, held on to a couple of beautiful dresses that my ex husband had bought me with the age old excuse that they were really expensive. Um wake up Linda! that’s 2 , good reasons for them to go! They are now being sold and the proceeds will go towards my seasonal shop. Having said that I have allowed myself to hold on to a couple of exceptional vintage pieces, but they are stored elsewhere so as not to distract and clutter.
Does it suit my current style/lifestyle? Kind of fits in with the ‘worn in the last 2 years’ rule. I do sometimes find that something I loved something last year, I’ve gone off this year and so it either gets passed on or sold.