It really is such a cliché but the start of a new year definitely seems to bring with it a feeling of change in the air. For me personally, that usually translates as getting back into a healthy routine post-festivities, planning some trips for the year ahead, and staring into the abyss that is my wardrobe and wishing it would magically transform into something manageable. This year however, I’m in a much better place. Since moving house, I’ve managed to detox my wardrobe considerably using the methods I’m going to share with you in this blog post to help you learn how to detox your wardrobe and create a space you love, not loathe.
On a side note, given it’s the start of yet another new year (where is the time going?!) and I’m feeling all sentimental about my blogging journey, I wanted to share my thoughts on where I see my little creative space going. I started Blonde Ambition in 2012 over on Tumblr (those were the days!) as a means to express my love for fashion and as a creative outlet, but over the years I have somewhat struggled to navigate the waters and settle on a direction for my dear blog and understand exactly why I’m creating the content I’m creating.
This last year, I feel my goal has become a lot clearer: I want to provide helpful content to women in need of inspiration when it comes to their wardrobes, whether that be through outfit inspiration, styling tips, shopping hacks, or simply showing you how to detox your wardrobe once and for all! So without further ado, let’s get to it!
At the end of the day, your wardrobe should reflect you and who you are so if you’re feeling uninspired and like you have a wardrobe full of clothes yet nothing to wear, I can guarantee it’s because what’s making up the majority of your space doesn’t feel very ‘you’. But then comes that all important question, what exactly does ‘you’ look like? What is your personal style?
If you already feel like you’ve nailed your unique aesthetic and look, then I applaud you. It’s taken me years to get my fashion groove and I would say it’s only in the past year that I’ve felt more comfortable with my wardrobe and what it says about me. even now, there’s definitely room for improvement! But that’s the beauty of style. It grows and develops alongside you. So, if you’re like I was, thinking what on earth is my ‘style’, then it’s time to get yourself inspired before you even think about your wardrobe detox.
Take to Instagram, Pinterest, online blogs (such as mine wink wink), fashion magazines, physical stores, even just being more aware of what people are wearing on the streets! Whatever it is that catches your eye, it can be a perfect source of inspiration and help you craft out exactly what you like (or dislike) when it comes to style. If you want to delve deeper into discovering your personal style, I would highly recommend you read The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees – the ultimate style bible.
One of the key takeaways for me from the book was that style doesn’t need to fit into a box. When it comes to your personal style and subsequently your wardrobe, there is no one-size-fits-all. And whilst my style has definitely evolved over the years, I’ve come to realise that I don’t need to pigeon-hole myself into a certain look or aesthetic. Some days I dress head to toe beige, wearing only the ‘classics’, other days I feel more grunge, or girly, or I fancy wearing a pop of pink. For me, sticking to strict styling rules and never veering from the ‘trends’ would be to compromise my true self.
Similarly it’s important to recognise that your style evolves naturally, just as you do. Not only in terms of likes and dislikes, but also contextually. For example, I used to have a lot of office appropriate wear from my days of spending 8-6 at work in an office. Now? I work from home and spend most of my days in elevated loungewear looks. This means less blouses, and many more pieces of knitwear and lounge sets. Take this into consideration as you move onto the next step.
Once you feel like you’ve got to know your style that little bit more, and where you would like your wardrobe to be, it’s time to work with what you currently have before you go out and buy all new. Your wardrobe is full of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered and styled appropriately.
When you’re ready to detox your wardrobe, I recommend creating four bags or boxes labelled:
Keep should only contain things you love and would consider wearing time and time again. Amend should consist of items that still have life left in them yet but need to be tailored or fixed. Anything that doesn’t make the cut to either of the former should be donated to charity, unless it’s worn beyond measure in which case, I would always bag these bits and take to stores like H&M or & Other Stories who will recycle them in exchange for a voucher, usually of 10% discount – win win!
This part of the wardrobe detox is definitely one of the most pain-staking, but take it step by step, item by item and try to enjoy the process rather than feeling overwhelmed!
The final step is reorganisation. Don’t just put your approved items back where you pulled them out from. Instead, really think about the way you’d like your wardrobe to be designed. Are you a very visual person who thrives off colour coordination? Or would you prefer to create a system where different outfit sets are ready to go? Whatever your preference, now is the time to create the wardrobe of your dreams and one that you’ll love getting dressed from every day, not dread!
Time to Shop
Now you have a detoxed and super organised wardrobe, it’s time to start thinking about what pieces you may be missing. But be careful, you don’t want to end up in the same situation as before with a packed out wardrobe full of things that aren’t very ‘you’. The art of mindful shopping comes into play here, something which I am trying to practise with every purchase I make. Before you buy, ask yourself do I really love this? Could I wear this at least thirty times in one year? Can I imagine styling this with things I already own? If the answer is yes to all three questions, then go for it! If not, maybe this just isn’t the piece for you…
I hope this simple yet effective guide to detoxing your wardrobe helps, and as always, please do get in touch if you have any questions or wardrobe dilemmas!
PS you might also like 10 Staples to Kick-Start a Capsule Wardrobe