Wardrobe makeover: fall back in love with your old clothes again  

Do you ever find yourself saying “I haven’t got anything to wear” or not able to find a favourite item when you need it? Are your clothes clean and ready to wear?  Maybe it’s time for a wardrobe makeover!

Start with decluttering, then you can work out what you need before you get your wardrobe organised. Here are our golden rules to help clear your gear!

Empty your wardrobe onto the bed, pick up each item in turn and put it in a pile as follows:-

  • Keep – Frequent use

Items that fit, that go with other clothes, that you wear often – or have worn over the past year.

  • Keep – Infrequent use

Special occasion items such as evening wear and party frocks. 

  • Keep – Out of season

During the summer months keep those jumpers moth-balled in another place. Simply rotate when the seasons change.

  • Keep – Needs action

These are clothes that require cleaning or mending.

Wardrobe makeover: fall back in love with your old clothes again
  • Give away, sell or swap

 Items in good condition that you don’t wear anymore can be given to charity or swapped with friends. You (or enlist the help of loved ones) could even sell them on eBay or at a car boot sale, for example, to generate some cash.

  • Rubbish

 Some clothes are only fit to be dusters! Either that or donate it to a local textile and fabric recycling spot.

Get organised 

Now you’ve narrowed down and sorted your clothes, hang them back up in order of trousers, jackets, shirts, and tops so you can see everything at a glance and can plan your outfits easily.

Wardrobe makeover: fall back in love with your old clothes again 

 Make do and mend   

There are many ways to breathe new life into an outfit or add to your wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Find new ways to wear outfits – try layers or contrasting colours.  Your Sunday Best doesn’t have to be saved for a special occasion, so get dressed up! Who says you can’t wear your finery to the supermarket?

Can you change clothes so that they fit better or look better? A seamstress can change lengths of skirts or trousers.  A cardigan or jacket can be transformed with new buttons.

Do you have a friend of a similar size and shape? Why not ask them to borrow things occasionally or do a swap.

If you tend to wear black a lot, consider adding a little colour with accessories. Why not try adding in a colourful scarf or a statement necklace to an outfit to make a change.

Hopefully you will now be inspired to wear those clothes that rarely see the light of day.  So, get your glad rags on and fall back in love with your old clothes again.

Wardrobe makeover: fall back in love with your old clothes again