My name is Angela Barbagallo and I am a Personal Stylist and Body Shape expert. In the last article I shared with you how you can determine your body shape and more importantly how you can dress the best for your shape.
This week I will share with you tips on how to clear your wardrobe and discover what is missing in your wardrobe.
Shopping for yourself is not a skill, a gene you inherit or a special gift available only to a selected few.
On the contrary, it is a simple checklist, a focus and a determination to only ever buy things you love 100%.
Yes, you can take a deep breath, roll your stress-shoulders and say goodbye to aimless wandering at your local Westfield.
First things first, we start with the basics.
Knowing what is in your wardrobe is a must before you add more.
What is Missing in your Wardrobe?
Cleaning out your wardrobe regularly or at least every 6 months will get you to a great position to build a fabulous wardrobe, where you love every item.
Only having in your wardrobe what you absolutely love is such a powerful place to be in! Any casual, work or party occasion covered, showing up with confidence.
I am getting excited here for you!
You will find gaps in your wardrobe and I suggest you start a list in the notes section of your mobile phone so you are prepared.
Be honest, how much do you LOVE what is in your wardrobe right now?
Statistics say that most women ONLY love and wear 20% of the clothes in their wardrobe 80% of the time!
Allow me make a small calculation for you, you may be surprised how much money is tied up in your clothes that could have had many other purposes.
On average, you probably have at least 100 items in total in your wardrobe with at least an average price tag of $75 per garment.
100 Garments x 20% = 20 items that get most of the wear out of.
80 items you don’t often/never wear x $75 per item = $6,000
You may be even have more than 80 items you never wear and perhaps a higher than $75 average price tag.
You can do the sums and change the final figure but the message is clear: aimless shopping could potentially cost you a lot of money.
WHAT WORKS AND WHAT IS MISSING FROM YOUR WARDROBE?
Now we have got real, it is time for you to work out what works, what does not and what is missing in your wardrobe .
I like to sort things out per type of garments i.e assess all your pants first then all your skirts and dresses. Then move on to tops, jackets, jumpers and vests. Jewellery, scarfs, belts, hosiery, shoes and handbags are next.
It is at this sorting stage that you will find renewed excitement for certain clothes. Have your gap list ready to write down items that you feel are missing. Up to you what method works best: use pen and paper or your notes section in your mobile phone. You may also like to take pictures of items that need matching in great light for true reflection of colour.
Perhaps you are recycling your favorite top as it is falling apart or full of un-washable food stains. Add this on your list so you can look for a replacement.
The clothes you love and that tick all the boxes are the keepers and go straight back in the wardrobe.
You will notice your comfort zone of styles and looks that you enjoy wearing. What is missing from the keepers section? Is there a scarf or jacket that could perhaps breathe new life into that look. Perhaps there is a favorite colour that you choose all the time and it is time to branch out. Keep adding your thoughts to your notes.
You will have a pile for clothes that need washing, dry cleaning or alteration. I suggest that you only do this for items that you love 100%, otherwise it is not worth your time or money.
The rest of the items are ready to be put in garbage bags for the charity bin or you may like to give to them to someone.
Your efforts will pay off. Visualise just how amazing it feels to open clean and tidy drawers, a neat and organised wardrobe with all your favorites, a gorgeous accessory selection, beautiful scarves and all your favorite shoes neatly in place.
It is great to get into the habit of a quick rearrange of your wardrobe every three weeks. Sort all items in the right places. With the seasons changing, swap seasonal items. This takes only 5 to 10 minutes and will give you inspiration for your week to come.
ABOUT ANGELA BARBAGALLO
Thanks to our guest poster Angela Barbagallo who is one of the brightest minds in personal styling and confidence coaching today. Angela has educated her many clients in making great style choices, which translates into increased feelings of well-being and a positive attitude in life. Angela is a body shape and colour expert and a best selling author on Amazon of two style books “8 Ways to Look Fabulous, Taller and Slimmer” and “The Real Woman’s Guide to Hair”.
Angela is the NSW Independent Style Consultant for Diana Ferrari since 2011 as part of their Fusion Reward Program. Angela also collaborates with Corporate Clients such as Bank of America, Jetstar and Bupa with her “Dress for Success” program.
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