The Wardrobe Edit by Tracey Davis Styling
A wise woman once said, ‘an organised wardrobe makes for an organised mind’.
Ok, it was me, I said it, and whilst it may be a slight exaggeration, an organised wardrobe that is full of clothes you truly love makes it easier to get dressed in the morning and prevents you from buying clothing you already own.
Do you really need ANOTHER striped t-shirt? Reacquaint yourself with old favourites which makes it easier to experiment with new looks.
The change of season is a great time to edit and organise your wardrobe so set aside half a day, clear your bed, turn the music up and follow these steps:
1. Try on EVERYTHING
As overwhelming as this may sound, it’s important that you gain an understanding of what
you already own to identify what will and won’t serve you moving forward. You are
continually evolving so it makes sense that your style evolves too.
Break it down into sections, so try on all your pants, then tops, dresses and so on.
Some questions to ask yourself are:
Does it still fit?
If it’s 2-3 sizes too small or big then it shouldn’t be taking up valuable wardrobe space.
When did I last wear it?
If it hasn’t been worn for over a year, consider if it reflects who you are today.
Is it in good condition?
Are there yellow marks on the armpits of your white tees for example? If so, it’s time to let go.
Does it make you feel good?
This is the key test. Even if everyone else thinks it looks good on you, if you don’t feel
amazing then it’s not worth it.
2. Make piles
As you answer the questions above, divide your clothes into the following piles:
KEEP: Clothes that you love and will continue to wear. Also consider keeping clothing that
deserves to be altered.
MAYBE: Clothes that you aren’t 100% committed to letting go of just yet. If possible, store
these in a separate wardrobe or container out of sight and check in again in a few weeks. By
then you may find it easier to let them go.
THROW: Items that no longer fit or reflect who you are today. These can be gifted to family
and friends, sold online, or donated to charity.
3. Update your hangers
Before you hang clothing you wish to keep, ditch any dry cleaner hangers and instead opt for
velvet, slimline hangers which save space as well as hold your clothes. Fold knitwear or other
delicate items in drawers, on shelves or in a storage box.
4. Organise your wardrobe
Organise in a way that makes sense to you, but a useful system is to group by type, then by
colour. For example: tops by sleeve length, from light to dark; skirts by hem length, from
light to dark and dresses by arm or hem length, light to dark. Whatever system you create,
make sure it makes sense to you and helps you clearly see what you do and don’t own.
5. Identify gaps
As you reorganise your wardrobe take note of any gaps that now exist, and you’ll have to
replace. These could be wardrobe staples such as black pants, white blouse, or a pair of
jeans. You may also want to reinvent your basics by adding trend items such as a statement
shoe or accessory. Create a list so that the next time you are online or in-store shopping, you
shop with intent and are less likely to be distracted by items you don’t need.
Following these steps will not only give you an organised wardrobe but leave you feeling less