We’ve reached that time of year when I’m itching to switch over to my spring wardrobe. But the weather is having none of it. In fact, as I write this I’m looking out at a garden still covered in snow. I’ve had my current capsule wardrobe since September so I’m ready for a wardrobe refresh. So whilst the snow has put a hold on my spring wardrobe I’m hoping a wardrobe audit will reset and recharge my style. Well at least until spring arrives anyway.
I’m fairly good at editing my wardrobe so for me a wardrobe audit is more about checking in on my style rather than a big clear out. I believe that our personal style is ever evolving so it’s important we let our wardrobes do the same. Afterall there is no point in having clothes we don’t wear waste precious space in our closets.
Instead of diving into a clear out I took some time to think about how I wanted my style to develop over the coming season. This involved thinking of my keywords for the new season and finding inspiration and outfit ideas. I also noted down the different outfit types I will need. These include casual outfits for working from home, walking the dog etc and smarter options for teaching days and nights out.
My Style Keywords: Simple, Minimal, Comfortable, Feminine
This was an incredibly useful process as I had a clear idea of what type of clothes I wanted whilst sorting through everything. In the past, I have just dived straight into clearing out my clothes without a clear purpose for my wardrobe. This time I had a clear idea of the style I wanted to go for rather than just thinking about how often I wear something.
Only once I had that clear focus for my wardrobe did I pull all my clothes out. This included anything I had in storage. I then worked through everything and sorted into the usual piles of keep or get rid of. If you want a step by step guide to clearing out your wardrobe read this post.
This time I changed the questions I was asking myself about each item. Asking:
- Does this fit the style described in my keywords?
- Do I see myself wearing this in the next 90 days?
- Or have I worn this in the last 90 days?
Reworking the questions I asked helped to adjust my mindset and keep my focus on my personal style. Rather than considering clothes individually, I tried to consider my wardrobe as a whole. At the same time, it was important to be realistic about whether or not I will wear everything. As mentioned before I already had an edited wardrobe so do get the wear out of all my clothes but even I have the odd item that sits in my closet unworn.
Once I’d worked through everything I pulled together my spring capsule wardrobe. Which is currently hanging in the spare room ready to go when the weather finally improves. Other than the core pieces which are part of my current wardrobe. I’ve removed a couple of pieces from my winter wardrobe and I’m excited to wear some of my old favourites again. Let’s cross our fingers for that early spring heatwave we all deserve.