How to detox your wardrobe. New Year, New Wardrobe.
Have you looked at your wardrobe this New Year and been overwhelmed with the amount of clothes staring back at you that you don't actually wear?
It's a much known fact that we only wear between 20%-30% of our wardrobes, leaving all the rest sadly to waste. If that was food we'd be feeling terribly guilty and also be forced to throw it out of the fridge (for obvious reasons), so let's do the same with our closets.
Staring at closets filled with things that we don't wear isn't good for our minds, it's cluttering, it takes up space and it's annoying isn't it? If you look at your wardrobe and look at that 20-30% that you do wear the most, then look at items that you don't wear and see if perhaps you can wear them with your favourite items to create new outfits for yourself. (We hope that made sense?!) For the items that don't go with the frequently worn items, if you can't picture yourself wearing them in the near future, then what is the point in holding on to them? Sell them and let a new owner be happy wearing them, use the money from the sale to buy yourself something that you will get more wear and pleasure out of!
We don't want you to despair though, our wardrobes are like the stock market, we have such value in our wardrobes and we can trade our items in, just don't hold on to them for too long so that they become dated. If you think of it this way, if you spend £425 on a pair of Christian Louboutins and wear a few times and sell them for say £295, then those shoes have served you some beautiful nights out, made you feel lovely and only cost you therefore £130, which is what you could pay for a pair of heels on the high street.
For our next points, let's be honest with our wardrobe situations and let's be honest with ourselves. We live in a social media crazy world now, where our outfits are constantly posted online in photos. Even sometimes without a choice, as we are tagged in our friends posts. If you see a Dolce Gabbana dress in your wardrobe that you've been pictured in a lot and IF that bothers you, (not that it should but for some of us it can sometimes take the excitement you had out of the item), then don't hold on to the emotions and memories of that dress, your photographs will do that for you. Use the technology that we have at our finger tips these days and sell it online and you can buy a replacement, even if you buy the same dress in a new colour or fabric! You can literally sell it whilst you are sat on the floor in front of your wardrobe and you can buy another whilst sat on the floor... in front of your wardrobe!
If like some of us here at HEWI London, you've indulged in all the Christmas holiday treats and you are saving items in your wardrobe for "when you've slimmed down", then A) well done for enjoying yourself and B) just go hang that item somewhere prominent for motivation, give yourself a realistic time frame and if it doesn't happen, simply sell it, you'll buy something else lovely when you have healthily shed the weight that you wanted to lose.
Let's talk about accessibility. If you streamline your wardrobe and deal with the overcrowding by removing the clothes you don't wear, making more space to browse through your clothes, then you will realise you will wear more of your wardrobe. If you're clothes are easily accessible they will be easier to wear. Seems obvious, but the vast majority of us spend most of our time grabbing what's easy to grab! If you are having to really root, then you probably won't bother rooting... We like what's quick and easy. Even though you'll technically have less items in your wardrobe, you will actually have more items, in the sense that you will be able to access and see what you have with ease and therefore we promise you will wear so much more of your clothing! Studies show that 29% of the British say that their wardrobe is a disorganised mess and 48% say their wardrobes are in need of de-cluttering.
We're are currently working surrounded by clothes that colleagues and clients have brought into the office to sell after discussing the above pointers, so I assure you we're not just dishing out willy-nilly advice! Make the most of your wardrobes this year and start with a clear out. We hope that you find our tips useful and should you follow it, then you know that we are here for you for both your buying and selling needs.
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Let us give you a few facts that we found so that you can have a nosy into the nation’s wardrobe situations:
- 3.6 billion clothes left unworn in the nation’s wardrobes – that's an average of 57 items per person!
- 49% of Britains suffer from 'wardrobe rage,' - tantrums we have every morning with our closets when choosing what to wear.
- It takes us on average 15 minutes every day to chose our outfit
- Britain's average wardrobe size is 152 items*
HEWI London would be interested to know how long our members take to chose their outfits on average in the morning, if you're happy to tell us then please let us know in the comment section below.
We'd like to leave you with one last thing; when you go to pick your outfit every morning, remember to select positive thoughts too, your smile and what you are emotionally wearing is the most important.
*Fact source: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2016/06/over-three-billion-clothes-left-unworn-in-the-nations-wardrobes-survey-finds