I know, I know…you’re only just over Xmas, the weather’s been freezing and the last thing you want to do is strip off and try on clothes. But here’s the thing…spring is on the way and the shops are now filling with exciting new creations.
Are you like me? I go for a couple of years and love everything in my wardrobe, just adding a few items to freshen up the look and then suddenly one morning you look in your wardrobe and there’s nothing! Clothes that you loved wearing have suddenly lost their charm. Almost overnight you’re bored with the colours and the style is starting to look a little last year.
I took a long hard look at my wardrobe this week and I’m afraid I think I’ve reached the stage where it needs a real shake-up. The lockdown hasn’t helped my figure and I stopped dying my hair in 2020 so I’m now platinum blond rather than bright red. It’s really made a difference to the colorus that look good on me and I need a rethink…
So what is my advice for getting a spring wardrobe back on track? Here is my six step approach…
- Be ruthless – take a long hard look at your clothes and identify what is really past its best. Send to charity or a clothes bank. If you’ve just gone-off an item you could swap it or give to a friend. Or you could hold your own swishing party with a few friends once we come out of lockdown.
- Think about why you’re no longer keen on some things. Have you changed shape, had a baby, put on weight or lost weight so that the style is no longer quite as good on you? Or has there been a major change in style – like the trend away from skinny leg towards wider leg 70s style trousers. Get rid of anything that doesn’t make you really excited.
- Take a look at your diary and work out what events you need outfits for. It’s still going to be Covid-casual for a while yet – but there’s no excuse for slobbing around in your old comfy clothes. Have you got something to look forward to? Perhpas we might even be able to go away on holiday – in the UK if not abroad.
- Have you seen some outfits on celebs that you love or do you admire someone’s style that you’ve seen in the magazines or on TV – work out what it is you like about the look and think about how you could wear a similar look.
- Work out too, what you might need to replace or buy. Make yourself a shopping list and set a budget (and stick to it!).
- Spend an hour or so Internet shopping to get a good idea of what’s in style and available. While we aren’t able to shop at the moemnt there are plenty of website with lovely clothes – find a label that suits your style and fits your shape and you won’t go far wrong..
Putting a wardrobe together from scratch doesn’t happen overnight. You do need some quiet time to plan, and the internet saves hours of leg work. At the very least, get out of your comfort zone and try on as many new styles and shapes as you can. I know taking returns back is boring – but you may be in for a pleasant surprise and get new inspiration for your wardrobe.
You’ll see an eclectic mix this spring 2021 Let me know how you get on…
And if you need some moral support, I’ll be booking personal shopping session at Bluewater in the hopefully, not too distant future…