Some fabulous top tips on sorting your wardrobe out from Katherine B ...
I have told you about my friend and stylist Katherine B before, I had a great wardrobe declutter with her back in the autumn so I have asked her to write a guest blog for me today to share her top tips with you for having a wardrobe sort out.
Katherine says ...
There is no better time than now to share with you my top tips for successful wardrobe planning.
This is for anyone who flings open her wardrobe doors each morning and feels complete and utter overwhelm about what to wear. It is SO true that we tend to stick with the same 20% because we simply don’t have the headspace or confidence to know what to do with the other 80%.
So, after using my knowledge, training and much sweat and tears… here are my quick and easy wardrobe solutions:
TIME – set side two half days (preferably consecutive) and commit to sorting your wardrobe out once and for all. The time you invest now will save you time in the future along with money and heartache too.
KNOW YOUR STYLE – get really clear on what you love and the end result you are working towards. The clearer the better. I recommend setting up a Pinterest account and getting inspiration from here. I honestly use it every time my brain is over loaded and I need quick outfit ideas.
KNOW YOUR SHAPE – pick out your absolute favourite outfit and use this as a blueprint. Forget trying to make anything work if you know honestly that it doesn’t. Even if you stick with a “one golden rule” approach (such as: “I will only wear v neck tops as they flatter me the most”) you will nail it every single time.
SIFT NUMBER 1 – Get rid of anything that you don’t like or doesn’t fit or is damaged/past its best. Be ruthless. You don’t need it.
SIFT NUMBER 2 - Remove anything that you are not going to wear over the next 2/3 months (i.e. obvious summer or winter items)
SIFT NUMBER 3 – set to one side anything you don’t know what to wear with/aren’t sure about/haven’t worn in the last 2 years
COLOUR COMBINATIONS – decide on your colour palette for the season. Far from narrowing your options – trust me, it not only expands your choices but makes getting dressed each morning SO easy – everything will coordinate. I would advise going for 5 colours only plus an accent colour for accessories/bags/footwear.
For example, my colour capsule for this Spring/Summer is:
Silver or tan accessories
The key to this is EITHER 3 neutrals (as I have gone for) and 2 accents OR 2 neutrals and 3 accents
TRY IT ON – this is the only way to know how it looks so you can confidently select it in the morning frenzy. If it doesn’t fit then remove – either permanently or temporarily
STYLE FOR YOUR LIFE – think about how you spend your days and what events you have coming up over the coming weeks. Do you have these covered or are there gaps to be filled? Is your wardrobe heavy on casual items but short on dressier options? Or vice versa? Or do you have a huge collection of black trousers/black tops/Breton striped t shirts …. Concentrate on what you are missing
SHOP WISELY – if you have followed the above, you will be organised and ready to shop with confidence and with a clear plan. Endless shopping trips where you buy random items will lead to a random wardrobe and that is a total mind boggler when it comes to getting dressed. Don’t buy anything that is a duplication of what you already own. It is all about narrowing your options to end up with more choice …trust me it works!
I recommend doing the same for your accessories too. Most of us have too many scarves and shoes and bags -but not actually ones that we really love.
Be ruthless in order to be kind to yourself - no one needs that feeling of despair when faced with a wardrobe crammed with “stuff” and no idea of what to wear …..
You can find more details about Katherine B on her website here or sign up for her Facebook page where she posts lots of daily or weekly wardrobe tips. Katherine also sells a range of fabulous clothes from Captain Tortue - take a look at the website and if you like anything get in touch with Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have already started my wardrobe sort out so I will be spending a bit more time over the Easter weekend following Katherine's tips and I will share with you next week how I got on and some more tips from me!
Let me know how you get on!
My gorgeous friends gave me a 'voucher' for my 50th birthday back in December for afternoon tea and the theatre, all of us having a day out. Little did I know the weather would be so perfect for it, what a bonus!
Now this day out did take some organising! We all lead busy lives with children, jobs, teenagers and husbands. But we got there and what a fabulous day it was.
First worry was what to wear. Sunny and warm during the day with a chance of the temperature really dipping in the evening. I still haven't sorted my wardrobe out for summer, I have been too busy supervising the decorating, so I was a bit limited in my choices but I opted for my favourite spring colour 'du jour' yes a blush lightweight jumper with 3/4 sleeves from Monsoon and my faithful 7 for all Mankind Jeans that can easily be turned over with flat pumps. I then decided on my Uniqlo ultra lightweight jacket that could be rolled up and stored away in my bag in case I needed it. As it turned out, I didn't need it as when we came out of the theatre it was still mild but as it weighs nothing and squashes down really small I didn't mind having it with me. I have managed to get my summer handbag out though, usually I carry a cross body bag into London but as I wanted to take my jacket I decided to take my bigger bag - and it matches so well!
Monsoon boat neck jumper in blush
Ultra lightweight down jacket from Uniqlo
Marks & Spencer Scarf
Mint Velvet trainers
Michael Kors Handbag
7 for all Mankind B-air denim
We headed to Covent Garden, unfortunately it is not possible to book a restaurant if you want to sit outside on the terrace but a friend had recommended Tuttons to us and we got there in good time and although we had to wait a while we did get a great table and it was very pleasant watching the world go by and listening to the entertainers nearby. Of course cocktails and prosecco were involved!
We had a long lazy lunch but managed to fit in a little browse in the shops. Had fun in Kurt Geiger - loving the pom poms, I may need to go back! And we had to try on shoes in Russell & Bromley - again some lovely styles to consider when I have worked out what I need!
Next we jumped on the tube and headed over to Victoria for the Afternoon Tea Bus. Now it is quite a long walk from the tube to the coach station so if you decide to do the same, make sure you allow extra time (or get in a taxi)!
The Afternoon Tea Bus is run by B-Bakery who have a shop at Covent Garden and offer all sorts of innovative London afternoon tea experiences. We did L'Afternoon Tea on the vintage routemaster bus. It was so beautifully presented - absolute great fun for a group of girls.
Then it was a quick dash to The Strand for Kinky Boots at the theatre. More prosecco of course and a queue for the toilets. But what an fabulous show! It deserves all the awards, true West End glamour and polished performance. Brilliant costumes, amazing vocals and lots of fun.
We really did have a great day. Pretty worn out on Sunday but I was lucky to be invited to a BBQ at my sister-in-laws so no cooking. Hasn't the weather been great, I really must get my summer clothes out and do some planning for what else I need.
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