5 Steps to Fix Your Wardrobe

After years of keeping things just because they were nice, because they might fit “one day”, or because I might want to wear them “some time”, I’ve given up on the over-inflated wardrobe of clothes I never wear. Don’t get me wrong, even with whittling down my extensive collection, I’ve still got tons of clothes – it kind of comes with the territory, as someone who really likes bright colours and unique pieces – but I now know that every piece is something that I both enjoy wearing and that I should wear. How did I get to this point, you ask? Well, I would love to share my process.

Last weekend, a couple friends and I got together – KP and Justine, to be exact – and had possibly the most girly sequence of events we have ever taken part in. First, we went to a fabric store to shop for materials for cosplay outfits. Next, we went for coffee and to a party store (because I’m a crazy event lady), then we went for cheap mani-pedis. All of this was unrelated to fixing our fashion choices, but was a nice little introduction to the evening we had. That night, we spent hours and hours going through each piece of clothing in each of our wardrobes (with wine and popcorn, of course). Each of us is at a bit of a different point in our style progression, so it made for a very interesting evening. KP and I have discussed our fashion visions thoroughly over the past year, so we were both a little bit ahead of Justine. I would like to share with you the steps we have followed to hit the fashion choices we want to.

STEP ONE: Get some style inspiration
It is up to you to figure out how you want to dress. There are lots of ways to do this. You can browse fashion magazines, check out stores, browse the internet, or take inspiration from television. The possibilities are endless. My method of choice has been to find some celebrity style icons to influence how I dress. I collect photos on a Pinterest board, which you can check out here (it is constantly evolving). Here is an example of an influence on my style choices:

KP, on the other hand, went a bit of a different way. Here’s an example of her style inspiration:

Yes, that’s right. It’s Harry Styles. Side note – In the past, we’ve discussed recreating this photo. One dayy!!


Justine has only recently discovered her style inspiration:Jenna

Anyways, KP and I have spent lots of time over the past year or so curating our style inspiration boards and discussing how we want to dress, so we both have a pretty clear idea of ways to create the outfits and make the right fashion choices for us. For Justine, this evening was full of new knowledge and information, as well as some different ideas on current pieces in her wardrobe. This leads me to the next step…

STEP TWO: See how your current clothes fit in
This would be a great time to get a group of friends together to help you out. Go through everything in your closet! Try things on! Get honest opinions! Your goal is to only keep things that truly fit in with your desired style. With every item, ask the following questions:

  1. Does this fit in with my style vision?
  2. Is it in good shape?
  3. Do I wear this piece now? If not, why?
  4. Does the item fit well?
  5. Do I like it?
  6. Does it look good on me? (This is where your friends can really help out)

If you answer “No” to any of those questions, you should probably be considering getting rid of the item. There are obviously some exceptions, where clothes may not fit you well or fit in with your style vision, but they are your camping, sport, or around the house clothes. The key is to not wear clothes like that in public! Sometimes it is hard to get rid of something you really like, even if it doesn’t look good on you at all. When KP, Justine, and I got together, we ended up swapping a lot of clothes between the three of us. They were usually things that either fit in with someone else’s style vision better, or just fit someone else better. For anything nice that you can’t hand over to a friend in need, you can look for a local consignment store or check out Trend Trunk or other online selling options – this way, you can make a little bit of money back. You can see all the items I’m selling here!

For any items that we just couldn’t get rid of, for whatever reason, we created tags for the hangers. When any of us wears one of those pieces, we get to remove the tag. We will get together and review our closets again in the fall, and any pieces that still have this special tag remaining will be on the chopping block.

STEP THREE: Reimagine your current clothing
While you are trying on all your clothes, make sure to rethink how you wear them. Do you have a dress that you always wear with a cardigan? How about substituting a blazer? Or wearing some chunky boots instead of flats? How about throwing on a button-up shirt over top and tying it around the waist? How about layering a sweater over the dress? There are so many possibilities to reimagine clothes that you already own! While cleaning out Justine’s closet, we actually talked her into keeping a few things she was thinking about getting rid of, just because we presented ways to wear them that actually fit in with her style vision.

One thing we did to help ourselves to remember all the ideas that were thrown at us was to create different tags for some of the items we were keeping. On these tags, we listed some different ways to wear the piece. Here is an example:

STEP THREE: Pick out a few rules to help you be inspired
This step is very important because it is hard to be inspired every day. You’ll want these rules to be just a few points to remind you to keep your style vision in mind while getting dressed. Write these rules out nicely and post them somewhere that is visible when you are looking through your closet. This list could include things as simple as “wear a blazer” or “don’t forget about your footwear”, or “add some colour!”. A good set of rules will help to keep you on track with keeping your style vision in mind every day.

STEP FOUR: Identify future purchases
Now that you’ve got your wardrobe pared down to only the things that truly fit in with what you want your image to be, you need to make sure everything that you add to your closet helps you to move closer to your style goals. While going through Justine’s closet, we made a list of what her next purchases should be – things that would fit in and add value to the items she already owned! When you shop for these new items, take your time to find the right one; don’t just buy the first thing that comes along that kind of fits in.

Sometimes, you may find items while out shopping that aren’t on your list but are must-buys. Just make sure that every time that this happens, you are asking a few of the questions that are similar to those listed above before purchasing. Namely, the following:

  1. Does this fit in with my style vision?
  2. Does the item fit well?
  3. Do I like it?
  4. Does it look good on me?

Every piece you add to your closet should fit in to your end goals! Think of your wardrobe as a collection you are trying to curate. Every addition needs to be special.

STEP FIVE: Always reassess
Always look at your closet with a critical eye. Go through it every season to make sure that everything you are keeping is actually being worn, not just sitting there unloved, and make sure, above all, that everything contributes towards your style vision. I know that my own closet is ever-evolving. I focus on acquiring new, quality items that add to the look I want to portray, while slowly getting rid of the things that don’t fit in.

There you have it, five steps to fashion success! Let me know if you have any tips and tricks that I haven’t covered in this post – I’d love to hear your methods for making your wardrobe work for you!

Love KG



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