How to perform your own WARDROBE DETOX

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In a time like this, with the threat of the Corona Virus around the corner, we are spending more time at home.

So, what can we do to make the most of this time?

The options are many, reading, cooking, meditating, Netflix, but there are also other things that can be done which I am sure most of us, me included, keep on postponing, among many is the dreaded clearing and re-organizing of our wardrobe.

In this post, I am going to guide you through some very easy to follow steps which will help you to perform a Wardrobe cleanse by yourself and with no stress.

But “why would I want to cleanse my closet while there are funnier things to be doing?” you may ask.

Well, here is why!

Have you ever heard of the quotes:

“Fashion is a way to say who you are without having to speak” or “Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life” (This one is actually one of my favourite quotes!)

If used well fashion is a powerful tool which can truly improve our mood, mindset and ultimately life.

On the other hand, having a wardrobe filled with old, ill-fitted and unused garments can be detrimental on a psychological level.

Therefore, the best way to use fashion to our advantage is to learn to be mindful!

How do we achieve Fashion Mindfulness?

We achieve it by building up a wardrobe made of pieces that suit our lifestyle, that can be mixed and matched and that above all suit our body shape and enhance our features using the right colours.

How do we reach all that?

Wardrobe Detox = starting a diet –> we free ourselves from what no longer serves us.

Before you start:

Reflect on what fashion means to you!

What you wear and how you wear it is a big reflection of who you are, so fall in love with fashion as a way to reflect on the outside your beautiful self which lays inside.

Reviewing your wardrobe is therapeutical as it allows you to think about your fashion sense and spot any unfashionable clothing traits hiding behind closed closet doors like repeat mistake buying or impulse shopping.

So, after much consideration, you have finally decided to pause binge-watching Friends and to give your closet a good clean out, here is How to do it!

Your wardrobe review will last on average 3 h.

You need to create 2 piles –> YES Pile & NO Pile

Be ruthless!

  1. Get rid of anything that doesn’t currently fit! You want your closet to work for you and accentuate your best traits, a wardrobe that makes you feel wonderful, so anything that doesn’t fit right needs to go.
  2. Get rid of what you haven’t worn in the last year! We often keep pieces we feel we will wear at some point, however, if you haven’t actually worn it within the last year, whatever the reason, chances are you won’t be wearing it again anytime soon, therefore, BIN IT! Deep inside you do know that the reason for not having worn it is because it just doesn’t FIT, it doesn’t fit with the rest of the clothes you own, it doesn’t fit with your lifestyle or it doesn’t fit with who you want to be. There is actually a trick to keep track of what we wear and what we don’t. Hang al your clothes with the hangers facing the same way and every time you wear something turn the hanger of that specific item in the opposite direction. After a year if an item is on the hanger that’s facing the original way GET RID OF IT!

Before we move on to step 3 please do allow me to clarify that when I say BIN IT! Or GET RID OF IT! I don’t necessarily mean throw it in the bin, you can also donate it to a charity shop, a church, someone in need or sell it.

  • KEEP THE PIECES YOU REALLY LOVE AND WEAR THEM OFTEN! We all have that one piece of clothing that we would love to wear more often but that we are actually keeping for a “special occasion”. We all fall into the mindset of “saving it”, even when you are a fashion professional and let me tell you something, there is no reason for it. Clothes that make us feel great should be worn, not sit in your wardrobe.
  • CREATE OUTFITS! Using a few classic pieces like a tailored jacket, a couple of shirts a pair of your best jeans or work trousers, make as many combinations as you can, including shoes and accessories. Take a photo of each one and stick the photos on the inside of your closet door. Refer to photos when you are stuck and don’t know what to wear or need inspiration. PINTEREST (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/)  is the best search engine to find all the inspiration you need when it comes to fashion, and when I say All I mean absolutely anything fashion you can think of. You do not need to register to use it and it is my go-to place for myself and my clients hence I could not recommend it enough.

Disregard Must have lists and those who talk about must-haves.

A stranger cannot tell YOU what you Must or Mustn’t wear based on some random list they have created.

You MUST HAVEs are specifically tailored to your colour and body shape but also your needs and lifestyle.

For example, a silk blouse and a cashmere jumper wouldn’t be the must-have of a mother of 3 young children who spends her day taking care of her family because they are not practical, are they?

Start from some basic items in neutral colours and build your wardrobe from there.

  • KEEP COLOUR IN MIND! Stick to the colours that belong to your seasonal colour palette. (If you don’t know what they are book a Colour analysis consultation with yours truly!) Wearing the right colour for you applies to bright colours as well as the neutral which should be part of your basics and the starting point to creating your wardrobe.

Last but not least:

  • ORDER! Once you have gone through the whole closet and separated the items in the Yes and No pile, it’s now time to put the items back in the closet. Now, the way I have my closet organized, as well as my clients, is to organize the closet by garment. Starting from the dresses I group all the dresses together, then all the skirt, the trousers and so on. I arrange dresses and skirts from the longer to the shorter and the trousers from smart to casual and the same goes for shirts and blouses. Use wooden or padded hangers and drop the habit to hang clothes on thin metal or plastic hangers which will spoil the shape of the garment itself. I then fold t-shirts, jumpers and jeans. Some people prefer to have their closets colour coded while others arrange it in style order (smart, casual and occasion). I personally find my way the easiest as you can spot each garment straight away but if you want to give the other two options a try, feel free! it is what works for you better and helps you make the most of your wardrobe that truly matters. With regards to the NO Pile, place all the items in garbage bags and dispose of it straight away … before you change your mind.
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Now you are left with a clear, well-organised wardrobe that makes it very easy to mix and match items to create perfect outfits and with this 6 easy steps, you are now able to perform your very own wardrobe detox to make the most of the clothes you own and to occupy your free time.

A Wardrobe Detox may take a lot of time and energy, but it also can be a very cathartic experience and the rewards are extremely powerful.

If you would like to take advantage of my Wardrobe Detox services please contact me using the form on the website, email mariabellostyling@gmail.com directly or call/text 07949594456, for further information and the benefits of all my services can have on your life.

Thank you for reading!

Maria xoxo


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