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Does your wardrobe need a refresh?
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Do you struggle to pull together a stylish outfit in the morning, despite all the clothes in your wardrobe? Maybe you have a wardrobe full of things, but only ever wear a few of them? These tips will help you to regain your sense of style, get your wardrobe in order and claim control of your storage space.
Four steps to a successful wardrobe refresh
A few hours spent sorting out your wardrobe each season can really pay dividends, by saving you time in the mornings and creating space in your wardrobe.
Set aside three or four hours – daylight is best for checking colours. Invite an honest friend or personal stylist to act as advisor. You'll need a full length mirror, a note pad, and ideally a portable rail.
Don't start your clear out when tired, hungry, or when having a bad hair day as you're less likely to be happy with how things look!
To get a clear view of what you've got, arrange hanging clothes on the rail and clothes from the drawer on your bed, organised by item and colour.
Try on each item and ask yourself 'How does it make me feel?' The right colours for you will make you look healthy and happy – ditch anything that makes you look older or tired.
The styles that suit you best will flatter your shape and make you smile. Check your expression in the mirror – if you're smiling then it's a keeper.
The right colours for you will make you feel healthy and happy
Now for the challenge...
You were smiling when you tried it on. Keep, keep, keep!
You wore it for a special occasion or it reminds you of a good time in your life. If it no longer fits, fold it in tissue paper and store – this will help to create more space in your wardrobe.
Days are numbered
Good but worn; don't throw out yet, but keep on a list to replace at a future date.
No longer suits you?
If it doesn't flatter you and doesn't belong in your 'sentimental pile', then it's time to let it go.
Perhaps it needs adjusting or an update; try changing buttons, shortening a hem, or even wearing backwards (amazingly, this sometimes works).
So that was the difficult bit - what's the next stage?
Can you get more from your space
Now you've let go of those items that you didn't wear, didn't fit or were worn out, there's more space in your wardrobe. Now to reorganise your clothes so you can find things when you need them.
- Hang – with small gaps between – by item, so dresses go together, as do trousers, skirts, tops, cardigans, jackets.
- Within these categories, group by function: work, casual, evening.
- Get some wooden (or non-slip velvet) hangers – wire ones can damage your clothes.
- Use a compartment garment hanging organiser in the wardrobe for underwear, socks, vests and T-shirts.
- So you don't forget about accessories, fold scarves and pashminas over a hanger, rather than in a drawer.
- Store jumpers and fitness wear on a top shelf or in a box chest to create more space.
- Store shoes in plastic boxes or original box with a photo on the outside, so you don't forget what you've got. Stuff boots with rolled up magazines to help keep their shape.
- Screw a key rack on the inside of the wardrobe door and hang necklaces. And try upcycling a mug tree or kitchen roll post for storing bangles.
Store shoes in plastic boxes or original box with a photo on the outside
Now you've freed up space, what will you do with the unwanted – but still loveable – items?
How to find a new home for old favourites
A few suggestions, depending on your time:
Which latest M&S essentials will you add to your newly organised space? M&S fashion expert Lottie Tarpey gives us her top picks from the new season.
A clean white palette combined with easy elegance and cool modernity defines the ultra-sleek 90s revival. The crisp white shirt provides simple structure under the new luxe drape mac.
Soft, feminine pastels in delicate textures with lace highlights, create an exquisitely demure elegance. The floral shift with flattering ruche detailing is updated with sharp metallic accessories.
Opulent colours and textures meet abstract prints and bohemian layering to create a vibrant, globally-inspired collection. The graphic oversized coat makes a print statement in graphic etched geo panels.
We hope you've found some great practical ideas for taking charge of your wardrobe this spring. To get the most from your new organisational and creative skills, try these sites:
- Sell quality clothes here.
- The Shoe Snob guide to shoe trees
- Keep your shoes in top condition while stored.
- Our Fifth House organisation ideas
- Maximise your wardrobe space.
- M&S Leading Ladies
- Find out what M&S clothes Britain's leading ladies are wearing.
Use your M&S card points to restock your wardrobe. You earn one point for each £1 you spend in M&S on your M&S Bank credit card (representative 16.9% APR variable) – and a point for each £2 you spend elsewhere.
The views expressed here are solely those of the author,
and do not necessarily reflect the views of M&S Bank.
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