There really is nothing wrong with having a lot of clothes, after all it is a collection and a curation of our lives and stories. But sometimes we just need to refine our wardrobes… just a tad. When I recently decided that my clothes were beginning to fall into Narnia, having a major spring clean made me realise that my style has undoubtedly developed over the last few years.
So if you’re thinking of having a wardrobe detox this summer then check out my top tips:
There will definitely be pieces that are worth saving, even if you never wear them. Maybe it’s a special item like a prom dress with memories attached. There could be that one of a kind item you just know is an important part of your collection. Or maybe, just maybe, they’ll be at the height of your vintage collection one day… But that pink sequined mini skirt that you wore once to a house party when you were 17, sure it was your kind of thing way back when, but now that you’re in your 20s with a completely different style, it just doesn’t have a place in your life. If you haven’t worn it in years & hand-on-heart don’t plan on wearing it again, it may be time to say goodbye.
So you’ve decided what to keep and what to pass on. Then what? Well….
The best thing about getting rid of some of your clothes is that you can make some money. I recently started using Depop, an App for selling all your unwanted goods. The ease of it surprised me, because sometimes selling sites and Apps can be too difficult to navigate and put you off completely before you’ve even listed anything. If you’re looking for a simple and popular way to sell your clothes, shoes, accessories, books etc then Depop is a good option. Just like Instagram you can snap pictures of your items, upload them quickly and get selling. Sometimes you’ll have that dress tucked away that you thought you’d wear but never have- someone else might be able to give it a space in their wardrobe.
You don’t want to sell everything you no longer want but you can always donate your unwanted clothes to charity shops. This is a great chance to have that clear out and help your local good cause. Charity shops always welcome donations, so don’t hesitate to drop off any items that can go to a new home.
You don’t have to give all your old stuff to charity either. Perhaps it’s that jacket your younger sibling is always stealing and the one you never wear anymore- you could give it to them. Or a friend. Hand-me-downs are no longer frumpy jumpers that you inherit during childhood.
Let’s say you’ve wanted a pair of ripped jeans for a while, you could transform the ones that never see the light of day in your wardrobe. Not only will your jeans be a little bit more unique and tailored to you but getting thrifty can save you some money in the process. The same goes with shorts, grab a pair of scissors and cut to achieve the look that you want for your holidays. Adding embellishments or this seasons favourite, embroidery, to old clothes and jackets can really breathe new life into your garms.