It’s finally Summer!! The wait is over!
Besides the hot weather and beautiful scenery, Summer each year brings fresh new trends and style ideas. My inability to resist the Sales seems to have peaked this year and that brings a whole new problem: how on Earth do I fit it all in my wardrobe?!
If you’re like me and have had an absolute shopping frenzy this year (or desperately need to), it may be time to assess your wardrobe situation and have a major clear out. The pole in my wardrobe has literally started bending because I have so many clothes hung on it, so I am taking the opportunity to have a clear out myself! If you’re desperate to get rid of some fashion pieces and accessories but don’t know where to start, keep reading…
First things first, you need to remove the thick jumpers and coats that got you through Winter. Hot Summer weather guarantees zero wear of these pieces, so the best thing to do is to get them into storage, whether that be under-bed boxes or suitcases up in the loft.
When Summer finally hits, I tend to do a complete wardrobe swap-around. The boxes of Summer clothing come out from under my bed and I fill them with jumpers, cardigans and jackets I know I won’t be wearing until at least September (don’t fail me, British weather). There’s no point having a wardrobe packed with chunky pieces of clothing that you won’t even be wearing for the next few months – get this space filled with gorgeous new Summer clothes!
As well as putting clothing into storage, it’s also important that you assess your wardrobe and throw some things out.
Each year brings a new wave of fashion trends and style ideas that fill shops and online stores – some become timeless and some fade out pretty quickly. If you have clothing that always seems to be complimented year after year, it’s clearly a timeless piece that should be kept. Similarly, if different variations of a clothing piece you own appear in shops annually (such as varying colours or the same material), it’s clearly a style that people consistently want to purchase and should absolutely be kept! Broderie and pastels are a great example of this.
On the other hand, if you have a skirt that seemed very popular the year you bought it, but completely faded out of style the following year, never to come back, it’s probably time to let it go.
It’s very likely that there are also fashion pieces in your wardrobe that simply don’t fit or aren’t comfortable to wear. If something has only recently become too small and you’re hoping to fit into it again then of course, give yourself that motivation and keep it in your wardrobe. However, if something has been too small for quite some time, e.g. because you became taller, it’s time to throw it out.
The same goes for pieces that aren’t comfortable or shoes that hurt to wear. I bought these gorgeous heels from Missguided about 2 years ago and just haven’t worn them outside of my bedroom because they weren’t easy to walk in at all. I have finally decided that I’m never going to wear them, despite how nice they are, so they’re going.
Another factor that should be taken into consideration when clearing out your wardrobe is the quality of the clothing.
Old clothes that have holes in, are super bobbly (when repeated washing causes the material to look like it’s covered in little bumps) or are misshapen from repeated wear definitely need to be considered. Most of the clothes I’ve thrown out in this condition were super cheap or ‘basic’ pieces like vests and t-shirts that can easily just be bought again to last the next year or two.
If you’ve saved up a little, now could be a great time to invest in some high-quality basics from retailers such as Reiss. These will last much longer and won’t need to be re-purchased every couple of years.
Ir’s probably also time to take a look through your accessories, ready for the beginning of Summer. I have such a habit of building up pairs of sunglasses and ‘costume’ jewellery over the years and never throwing them away unless they actually break.
Most pieces of jewellery don’t ever go completely out of fashion unless they’re roaring statement pieces. If you have pairs of earrings or a necklace that don’t look very silver anymore or have simply had their time, get them gone and hunt out some pretty new ones. You can either pick up some new cheaper ones to last another Summer, or pay a little more for some high-quality ones that will last you a few. Jewellery is a good thing to invest in because you can wear your earrings, necklaces and bracelets year after year without them becoming worn-looking.
Sunglasses work in the same way – it’s likely that your £10 pair of sunglasses from two Summers ago aren’t in tip-top condition or have gone a little wonky through travelling or excessive wear. I prefer to invest a little more in a good pair of sunnies that I know will stay in great shape and last me more than one Summer. Quay Australia is a great place to look for high-quality, stylish sunglasses that don’t break the bank – my favourite pair are from here!
Once your wardrobe has been cleared of everything you no longer want to keep, it’s time to pack it all up and figure out what to do. It can be quick and easy to throw it all away but I’m a big believer in clothes-recycling!
First, you could ask your close friends if there are any fashion pieces in your ‘clear out’ pile that they’d like to add to their own wardrobes. Perhaps a friend who’s shorter than you absolutely loves the pair of jeans you bought 2 years ago that are now way too short for you.
Selling your clothes online is also a great way to make some money from the pieces you’re throwing out. Clothes that are still in good condition and probably worth a little money are perfect to upload on selling sites such as Depop and Vinted. You can read my Dos and Don’ts of selling online here! The top that you’ve completely fallen out of love with may be exactly what someone else is looking for!
Of course, charity shops are also great places to take your clothes and good-quality accessories to. It’s really warming and satisfying to know that money raised from selling your unwanted clothes to others has gone towards a well-deserving charity.
That’s it! Your wardrobe has successfully been cleared of all unwanted and unworn clothes and it’s time to head for the Summer sales (maybe with an extra little bit of cash)!
How do you organise your wardrobe between Summer and Winter?
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