What’s in Your Wardrobe? A Fashionista’s Guide to Having a Wearable Wardrobe.

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Nothing to Wear? Does your heart sink when you open your wardrobe? Where is that hot pink Ungaro dress? In order to get the most out of your wardrobe the first step is to know what is in it. Amongst the unworn and the unloved will be great clothes if only you could find them.


In the UK we wear only 20% of what we buy. This is a staggering waste of money and means that we can’t find the great LBD when we need it. Wardrobes need tough love, throw out anything you have never worn or that does not fit or suit you.  If you can’t face this alone use a Personal Stylist to help you.

Sort by Category.

Long dresses, short dresses, skirts, trousers etc. Then sort by colour. This makes life easy rather than scrabbling through random items we can then find the pencil skirt in one minute. Get rid of anything that is not in your colour palette. Your clothes should all co-ordinate with each other  so finding tops to go with skirts becomes simplicity itself.

Discard the unfashionable.

Trends change. The quickest way to update your wardrobe is to buy new shoes. Dated shoes and clothes will date you so bin them. If you keep things hoping that they come back into fashion they may then not be age appropriate.

Why are you keeping clothes you don’t like?

When I do Wardrobe Management so many women have clothes that they do not even like in their wardrobes. The usual reason for keeping them is because they were expensive or a statement designer piece. Sell them, and make a vow to only buy clothes that you love. Clothes that make your heart sing!

Does it Fit You?

“This is for when I lose weight.” or ” I might get pregnant again.” Have a wardrobe of clothes that you can wear now. If you lose a lot of weight studies show that one of the ways to keep it off is to get rid of your old wardrobe. This is a massive financial and motivational incentive.

What is your lifestyle?

Many women have lots of work clothes but few casual clothes and vice versa. Think about the percentage of clothes you have and it will show you where you are lack items. Perhaps you have only trouser suits for work. One of my clients had only pin striped suits. There are many other styles to choose that would create a more varied wardrobe.

Does the style suit me?

Have a Style Consult. If you keep buying clothes that you never wear probably they do not suit your colouring or body shape. The advice you receive will save you money in the long term as you can wear all of your wardrobe.

Gabrielle Teare is a Personal Stylist and Fashion Writer in London and New York. She believes women should enjoy fashion, feel confident, and love their clothes.  For more fashion advice on what shapes and styles to choose, visit https://gabrielleteare.com.

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Comments (2)

  1. Wow What a great read very true and interesting

  2. Hi Gabrielle,
    Really interesting post. I know that I have to declutter my wardrobe at least twice a year otherwise I tend to find I get confused when trying to find a specific item of clothing. As I work at Big Yellow Storage I have seen more and more cases of people sharing a storage unit to store their winter / summer wardrobes safe in the knowledge that they can access their clothes whenever they need.

    This is something that we are keen to explore at Big Yellow, drop me an email if you’d like to discuss this further. I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to check out our website at bigyellow.co.uk



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