What Is A Wardrobe Transformation?
I am guessing if you are here, you want to transform your wardrobe? Well, you have come to the right place. So what is a wardrobe transformation? It can be whatever you want it to be. As a stylist for over two decades, I help personal clients create capsule wardrobes that work for them and their lifestyle. There is a misconception that a capsule wardrobe has to be a small and minimal collection of clothes, almost to the point, where you have to stick to one or two colours and have hardly anything to wear. In fact, it is quite the opposite. A capsule wardrobe can be the best wardrobe transformation.
The perfect wardrobe transformation is one which considers your lifestyle needs, colours that suit you and styles that compliment you. To make decisions more manageable in the morning, a capsule collection should be made up of a selection of no more than around seven colours. All of these elements will result in the best wardrobe transformation.
How To Revamp Your Wardrobe
First, ask yourself what is not working about your wardrobe now. Why do you want a wardrobe transformation? Is it that your body shape changed? Or has your lifestyle has changed? Have you had kids and now lost your style? Do you want to update your wardrobe to reduce decision fatigue? What is the reason you need an update?
Next, look at your lifestyle and what you do on a weekly basis. What clothes do you need for your activities? Make a list of items of clothing you need for your normal activities.
Once you have looked at your lifestyle, go to Pinterest and create a board of styles you love and another board of colours you love. To find shades on Pinterest, use the search bar at the top and enter something like ‘blue colour swatches’ or ‘red colour palette’. Choose around seven colours from this board for your capsule collection.
Finally, look at your existing wardrobe and take notes of what fits with your chosen colour palette and also compliments your lifestyle. Anything that does not sit quite right, make a note to replace with something that does. Anything that is damaged make an intention to get it fixed or remove it. Anything that you have not worn in well over a year, or no longer fits consider removing.
How To Buy Good Quality Clothes
Once you have decluttered your wardrobe, the last thing you want to do is build it back up again with more clutter. If there is anything on your list that needs replacing, be very intentional about what you replace it with. For example, if you need a pair of black trousers, what do you need them for? What style should they be in? What material? What season are they for and what brands are good quality? Ask yourself all of these questions to pin down what you are looking for. As a result, you might conclude that you need a pair of black lined, wool trousers to wear to work in the winter, that are high-waisted and in a straight loose leg. You might also decide that you like Dolce and Gabanna. Now if you are on a tight budget and good quality designer clothes feel like they are out of your budget, try second hand on eBay, Depop or Vinted. Take your time in looking for what fits your intentional description and do not settle for anything less. The reason I suggest looking at second-hand quality clothes is that you can often find great quality clothes that have hardly, or never been worn. I have found a tailored Dolce and Gabanna coat for £65, A Barbour wax jacket for £60 and a pair of Gucci trousers for £40. All of these had hardly been worn or not worn at all. For the perfect wardrobe, intentional shopping is key.
So there you have it, my best tips on working towards your own wardrobe transformation. Do you have any you could add? If you are looking for long-term help with your capsule wardrobe take a look at my affordable personal styling membership, or my one-on-one personal styling packages.