Freshen up your wardrobe for considered style over the coming season
Illustrations: Keshia Chapman
Spring's the season for shedding layers, inhibitions, regrets, and anything that's holding you back – and you can start by sorting your style out, for maximum simplicity and minimal time spent choosing an outfit each morning. A few hours of effort give you a clean canvas for creativity that'll last all season long.
Pile it up and throw it out…
Or donate it, or give it away, or sell it. Set aside a few hours, throw open your closet doors, and start by pulling out everything that you haven’t worn for 6 months or more. Next, make a pile of the pieces that you’d love to wear, but that need a trip to the tailor or laundromat first. With those out the way, it’s time for the big choices and some fond farewells: make piles of items you know that a friend would love, that you’d like to donate to a good cause, or that think you could sell to fund your wardrobe refresh.
Get appy. Sell out.
The best way to sell your stuff right now is probably on an app like LetGo. Download it and try it out – or if you want to go old-school, team up with friends for a garage sale or clothing swap.
Decide on your aesthetic for the season
Gucci-inspired maximalism? Pared-back utiliarian style? Take some time to think about the look you’re going for, enlisting the help of Pinterest boards if necessary, or just using one key image of someone whose style inspires you. You don’t need to stick to it closely, but you’ll be able to decide what you need to stock up on, whether it’s white T-shirts, go-anywhere boots or office-ready skirts and trousers.
Budget for the basics
You’ve decided what staples you need, now make the investment. If you’ve got cash left over, splash out on a statement accessory – and if you don’t, you might want to revisit that selling-older-items strategy.
Take it to the tailor
Remember those pieces that you want to wear, but that just need altering? Now’s the time to take them to a trusted tailor. There’ll also be dated pieces that can benefit from a tweak here and there – think frayed edges on denim or fresh embroidery on a favourite jacket – and if you can’t DIY, expert attention is what you need.
Re-think your storage solutions
A clothing rail is the ideal way to keep your clothing on top form: if it’s on display, you simply end up taking better care of it, and your favourite items are always close at hand. Keeping stuff accessible is key, so consider ideas like a pegboard for bags or jewellery, a bookcase of shoes, or clear storage boxes for just about anything.
Keep it considered
It’s 2017, and in the age of the smartphone there’s no excuse not to plan your outfits like Cher Horowitz. When you’ve got the time, snap pictures of favourite outfits or the looks you’d like to try, and assembling them in the morning will be that much easier.